June Marie Gallessich, professor emeritus of educational psychology, died on December 10, 2008. She was 85.
Professor Gallessich received her B.A. in English from Texas Christian University in 1952. She received her M.Ed. in counseling and guidance and Ph.D. in counseling psychology and school psychology from The University of Texas at Austin in 1965 and 1967, respectively. Dr. Gallessich began teaching at UT in 1967, and she also served as graduate adviser from 1978-1981 and as director of the Counseling Psychology Training Program from 1981-85. Dr. Gallessich retired from UT in 1993 and was appointed professor emeritus in 1994.
She was an expert in the field of school-based consultation, and her consultation training approach was used in the training of school psychologists. She chaired symposia at national meetings, and her workshops on consultation were in high demand. In 1982, her book, The Profession and Practice of Consultation
, was published.
In 1980, she served as president of the Southwestern Psychological Association, an eight-state organization that focuses on academics and research. That same year, she was also president of the Texas Psychological Association, which focuses on professional areas of concern to psychologists and is an affiliate of the American Psychological Association. She received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the School Psychology Program in the Department of Educational Psychology in 1988, and the Distinguished Psychologist Award from the Texas Psychological Foundation in 1996.
In 1993, the International Association of Analytical Psychology certified her as a Jungian Analyst. Dr. Gallessich provided individual, group, and marital therapy in private practice in Austin, until she retired at age seventy-nine.
She is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Alfred and Marjatta McAlister of Dripping Springs, Texas; daughter, Gail Gallessich of Santa Barbara, California; and son and daughter-in-law, David Gallessich and Annette Hendricks of Klamath Falls, Oregon. She is also survived by her grandchildren: Tuukka Smolander of Helsinki, Finland; Mauri McAlister of Austin; and Kurt Gallessich of Santa Barbara, California. Her sister Betty Erskine and her husband Charles of Marlin, Texas; and sister-in-law, Jerelene McQuerry of Fort Worth, Texas, also survive Professor Gallessich.
Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
Office of the General Faculty
Biographical sketch prepared by Jennifer Morgan and posted on the Faculty Council web site on August 24, 2010. Additional information can be found in the Office of the General Faculty, WMB 2.102, F9500.