After graduation from
John Muir High School in Pasadena, Paul attended Stanford Univeristy and
received a BS in chemistry, with a minor in music. But stronger personal
and intellectual searchings then took him in another direction. He was
drawn to Fuller Seminary’s new School of Psychology, and relished its emphasis
on the integration of psychology and Christian theology. His doctoral
dissertation was “Training Nursing Students to Interact with Terminal
Patients”. He received a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and M.A. in
theology in 1972.
After a couple of
years working for Stanislaus County in Modesto, California, he moved to San
Diego, and began a 32 year career with San Diego County Mental Health
Services. This included 10 years working in a psychiatric hospital for
adolescents and 10 years at Polinsky Children’s Center (the county’s shelter
for abused / neglected children).
Now retired, he’s free
to indulge in hobbies (playing the French horn, photography, travel, skiing,
snorkeling, hiking) and to pursue what interests him most--integration of
psychology and theology (especially ethics), culture and cinema, and interfaith
issues. He’s a member of a
Toastmasters club and, until recently, a member of La Jolla Presbyterian
Church, where he played in a brass choir and led a small study/growth
group. A just-curious visit to St. Andrews led to more visits and then
regular involvement almost 2 years ago.
Paul and his wife
Paula were married in 1969, and have a son Gavin (a cinematographer in Los
Angeles), and 2 grandchildren.