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Dr. Edward Richard Strain, Jr.

Obituary for Dr. Edward Richard Strain, Jr.

April 12, 1925 - August 31, 2018
Greenwood, Indiana | Age 93

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Dr. Edward Richard Strain, Jr.
was born on April 12, 1925 in Indianapolis, IN and passed away August 31, 2018 at the age of 93. He was the last living member of his immediate family, preceded in death by his parents: Edward R. Strain, Sr. and Ernestine Kidd Strain and his siblings: Tommy Strain, Ronald Strain, and Virginia Zorman. He is survived by his children- Zach R. (Emily) Strain, Chadwick E. (Brandi) Strain, Sarah A. (Gabe) Harris, Douglas M. (Cindy) Strain, and Elizabeth S. Strain; grandchildren- Gage, Callie, Gavin, Sophia, Bennett, Griffin, Delilah, Madeleine, Justin, Joshua, William and Melissa. Family has always been the focus of his life and he will be greatly missed. Education and service have both played important roles in Dr. Strain's life. He proudly served in the US Navy 1943-1946. He attended DePauw University for one year and then attended Butler University from where he discovered his interest in psychology as an AB major, minoring in Psychology and French. He then went on to further his education at Duke University where he earned his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. He later served as a Clinical Psychologist on staff at Ohio State Medical Center as well as Indiana University Medical Center. In 1956, he went in to private practice and served until 2012, mostly in the Illinois Building downtown. He was lecturer for the Department of Psychology at Butler University for much of his career.

He was an esteemed psychologist and received many accolades for his service. In 1952, he received the Sigma XI Award at Duke University for the Best Doctoral Dissertation. He was also a member of the "Corresponding Committee of 50" which is comprised of 50 Ph.D's for the Executive Committee of the Division of Clinical Psychology of the American Psychology Association. Dr. Strain was on the "Who's Who in the Midwest" routinely from 1964 – 1998. He was also listed as "Who's Who in the World" throughout the 1990's. Other professional activities he enjoyed include Director, Secretary, and one of the Founders of Medico-Environs, Inc. (Forerunner of University Heights Hospital, now known as Community Hospital South), Former Director and one of the Founders of the "Downtown Senior Citizens Center", Former Chairman of the Education Committee and Board Member of the Mental Health Association in Indiana, a Rotarian. He enjoyed spending time at The Indianapolis Athletic Club and The Indianapolis Press Club during their existence. He was a faithful Episcopalian, worshipping for many years at Christ Church Cathedral (former Vestryman, former Senior Warden). His family will celebrate his life privately.

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