Thelma Duffey Obituary, Tribute paid to University of Texas Professor

Thelma Duffey Obituary, Death – Thelma Duffey, a Professor and Chair in the Department of Counseling at the University of Texas at San Antonio has died. Thelma served as president of the American Counseling Association in a previous administration. Dr. Duffey is now serving the American Counseling Association in the role of Treasurer-Elect. Dr. Duffey is now serving the American Counseling Association in the role of Treasurer-Elect.

She is currently working as a co-editor on a new book titled Crisis and Trauma Counseling: Strategies for Effective Practice, which will be published by the American Counseling Association Press. Additionally, she is a co-director of the Academy for Crisis and Trauma Counseling, which is housed within the Department of Counseling. In 2016, Dr. Duffey served as the leader of a group of UTSA academic members who collaborated with the Sandy Hook Elementary School and the community of Newtown to give services and consultation.

Tributes Pour in for University of Texas Professor  Thelma Duffey

Late last night, I received word that Dr. Thelma Duffey, my dissertation chair and mentor, had died in San Antonio. She was a very remarkable woman. It took me completely by surprise, and everything seems surreal right now. My heart is broken beyond repair, and I’m at a loss for what to do next, professionally or emotionally. I’m sorry about the counseling profession. Please keep her family, UTSA, and everyone else who cared and loved her in your thoughts and prayers.

I am eternally grateful for my friendship with her and the opportunity to serve as her general manager for several years. Dr. Duffey believed in me, provided constructive feedback that was critical to my progress, and saw me. I had the honor of serving as a teaching assistant for many of her seminars, and I credit much of my professional development as a researcher, educator, and counselor to her exceptional direction and compassionate demeanor. To the best of my knowledge, she hooded me as her final PhD candidate in May 2022. She was pleased and blessed to learn that I had been hired as a professor at Wichita and that I had recently been awarded a grant along with a few other professors.

On Thanksgiving, she texted me her final words, “Claire!!! You have my highest regard and adoration. You have no idea how much I miss spending time with my best friend. I am thrilled that students will be able to learn from you! I just completed reading through your financing post!!! I’d like to congratulate you on that and everything else. You’re going to do it!!! Yay! I appreciate the updates very much. I can’t thank you enough for keeping me informed! I’ll try to continue “doing it,” as you phrase it, Dr. Duffey. I appreciate everything you’ve done for me. May you rest in peace, and may the force always be with you.I’d like to thank everyone in SA who has expressed condolences and shown support to me, and who continues to do so.

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