2013-04-25 / Obituaries

Dr. Noah M. Inbody


Dr. Noah M. Inbody Dr. Noah M. Inbody Dr. Noah McKinley Inbody, died Thursday, April 4, 2013, at age 84.

He was born in San Francisco, Calif., in 1928; he grew up in Fresno, Calif. At Roosevelt High School he briefly held the record for the mile run, won the San Joaquin Valley debate championship and was selected for Boy’s State in Sacramento. He spent two years at Fresno State College and was president of the Student Christian Association. He completed his B.A. at Augustana College, Rock Island, Ill.

In 1954, after earning a Master of Divinity at Augustana Lutheran Seminary he was ordained by the Augustana Lutheran Church (ELCA). He served parishes in Manistique, Mich., Isabella, Mich., Rockford, Ill., Evanston, Ill., and began a non-traditional church in Palatine, Ill.

In 1974 he began a second career. After earning a MSEd and an EdD in Counselor Education from Northern Illinois University, he joined the faculty at Morraine Valley Community College, and one year later became a professor of Counselor Education at Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. He retired as Professor Emeritus in 1994. During his tenure, he was secretary of the Association of Counselor Education (national), editor of its newsletter, and president of the Illinois ACES. The Illinois Association for Counseling honored him with the Dysinger Award for his article on Futurism, and the Michelman  Award for Scholarship and Leadership.

During his sabbatical Dr. Inbody began research on the relationship between the brain and addictions, and presented applications of his findings for counseling at state and national conventions. Dr. Inbody was active in civil rights issues, including the March on Washington, and the March in Selma, Ala. He worked for fair housing and school integration while in Evanston, and co-founded the Evanston Ecumenical Council.

Most of those who knew him personally saw Dr. Inbody as creative, bold, and impatient with the status quo. As a professor, he emphasized real life experiential learning, including giving and receiving feedback, development of one’s intuitive powers, and the ability to confront sensitively.

Dr. Inbody is survived by his wife, Audrey (Meier) Inbody, sons Steven Bryce of Houston, Texas, Eric Alan of Chicago, Ill., Danial Ruark, (Laura) Broomfield, Colo.; and daughter, Marcia Jane (Peter) Schwindt of Charlotte, N.C. He has three grandchildren, Timothy McKinley, Arden Audrey and Truman Robert; two sisters, Clarana Sells of Portland, Ore., and Rebecca Inbody of Chicago.

A Celebration of Life was held on April 20. Memorials may be sent to: The Counselor Ed. Dept. Northeastern Illinois University, The American Institute for Cancer Research or Rocky Mountain Nature Association.

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