Barbara R McNew, Ph.D.
May 17, 1942 - August 6, 2010
Ann Frank wrote that “despite all that had happen. I still believe in the goodness of people”. Barbara was the first female psychologist in private practice in Chattanooga.
Barbara Barbara and her husband, psychologist Jim McNew, moved to Chattanooga from California, with their two children, Shannon and Shelley. Barbara, Jim, and Mary Ann Langley created Tamarisk, a center for growth and change. At the celebration of her life, many of the people who she had counseled came to say that it
was Barbara who helped them find something within themselves that they did not know they had. She was a humanist.
Dr. Barbara Reynard McNew, 68, died on August 6th, after living with ALS for more than 8 years. The neurologist who took care of her, Dr. Bruce Kaplan explained that he has taken care of many sick people, but the strength of her character was maintained through the course of illness. He said it was a privilege to take care of her. It was a privilege to know Barbara.
Barbara grew up in Baton Rouge, LA, with parents who supported labor unions and equal rights. She received her PhD in Psychology from Louisiana State University in 1971. She used a computer to speak for her in recent years. ‘Sarah’ stayed busy as Barbara worked online in the last U.S. Presidential election and sent messages of encouragement to all. “Peace”.
George Nagle, Ph.D., ABPP
Remembering George Nagle, Ph.D., ABPP Chattanooga psychologist George Nagle died on May 18, 2009 at the age of 78. George worked in the Veteran's Administration outpatient clinic and taught at the University of Tennessee as an adjunct professor. Regardless of setting or audience, he always mentioned his love of his wife,Margaret; pride in his children; and the priviledge of being a psychologist. He was a charter member of the Chattanooga Area Psychological Association (CAPA). George was particularly passionate about promoting sound ethical decision making within the practice of psychology. He helped establish CAPA’s ethics committee in 1975, which he subsequently chaired for many years. From 1983 through 1992, he served on the ethics committee of the Tennessee Psychological Association in various capacities, including committee chair. Throughout the 1990s, he served as a member of the standing hearing panel for ethics committee appeals of the American Psychological Association. In recognition of contributions to psychology benefitting practitioners, students, and consumers, he was named Psychologist of the Year in the area of distinguished service by the Tennessee Psychological Association in 1997. For many of us to whom he was a mentor and role model, George’s good natured (and sometimes irreverent) sense of humor exemplified the value of playfulness in helping to maintain balance within our busy professional lives. In accepting TPA’s Psychologist of the Year award, George wrote, “The way to someone’s heart is, I feel, not through the stomach, but rather through the ego; thank you for touching my heart.” George will be missed by a great many of us, whose lives and hearts he touched. Patrick Lavin, Ph.D., ABPP, Nicky Ozbek, Ph.D.