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Obituary for David Carl Van Doren
David Carl Van Doren, age 66, of Whitewater, WI died unexpectedly on Monday, February 13, 2017 at his home.
David was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania on August 12, 1950, the son of George and Annamae (Barr) Van Doren. He graduated in 1968 from Liberty High School in Bethlehem, PA. David received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Lehigh University in 1972 followed by a Masters degree in Counselor Education in 1974, also from Lehigh. He moved to Maine in 1977 where he earned a Doctorate in Counselor Education from the University of Maine in 1981.
On June 15, 1974, David married Pamela Smith in Meredith, New Hampshire. They were blessed with a long and loving marriage and would have celebrated their 43rd anniversary in June. David was the proud father of two daughters, Emily and Rebecca. He was committed to the aspirations and concerns of girls and women – they couldn’t have asked for a better advocate and champion. David was looking forward to his daughter’s wedding in September and was eager to become a grandfather within the next few years.
Early in his career David had a variety of jobs, including a group home counselor in Maryland, a counselor and assistant director at a runaway shelter in Bethlehem, PA, and a counselor at Phoenixville High School in Phoenixville, PA. After earning his doctorate at the University of Maine, David worked for the Alcohol Institute in Bangor, Maine and then served as a counselor at the University of Maine in Orono. In 1983 David moved his family to Whitewater, Wisconsin to become a professor in the Counselor Education Department at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. David established the Counselor Education in Scotland program for graduate students in 2012 and earned the McClellan Teacher of Distinction Award in 2014. Over the years, he developed expertise in alcohol and other drugs treatment, domestic violence, and trauma. David was known as “the trauma guy” among his students. After 33 ½ years of service at UW-Whitewater, he retired in June 2016. Since that time David taught a few courses in the field of trauma and had planned to keep teaching for years to come. He also continued to provide presentations at schools and conferences, primarily trauma-related.
David was a long-time member of the Community of Christ the Servant Church. He had a lifelong passion for sports of all kinds: as a player, runner, coach, and fantasy football participant. David was an exercise fanatic who worked out daily at home and also at the Whitewater Aquatic Center. He ran his last marathon in 2009, using the occasion to raise money for the Counselor Education program. In 2012 David injured his foot while hiking in Scotland and was looking forward to having corrective foot surgery in March, in hopes of once again being able to walk without limitations and maybe even jog. David and Pamela loved to travel and were already planning next year’s adventures. He also enjoyed the arts and attended many theater and music performances throughout the year. David eagerly followed all Wisconsin sports teams, especially UW-Whitewater and the Green Bay Packers. He was also a great fan of Philadelphia teams and the Boston Red Sox. David owns one share of Green Bay Packers stock, a gift that he initially considered frivolous but soon grew to appreciate.
David is survived by his wife Pamela Van Doren of Whitewater, WI, two daughters: Emily Van Doren (fiancé Nathan Pardue) of Boston, MA, and Rebecca Van Doren of Kenosha, WI. He is also survived by his mother Annamae Van Doren (Broken Arrow, OK), his brother George (Peg) Van Doren (Bethlehem, PA), and his sister Jeanne (Sam) Chinnock (Broken Arrow, OK). Other surviving relatives include numerous nieces and nephews and his wife’s parents and siblings.
David was predeceased by his father.
Funeral Services will be held at 3:00 PM on Sunday, February 19, 2017 at the Congregational United Church of Christ, 133 S. Franklin Street, Whitewater, WI with Rev. Michael Obinger and Rev. Duane Goetsch officiating.
Friends may call from 2:00 PM on Sunday at the church until the time of the service.
Those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider a memorial to PADA (People Against Domestic Abuse) at 1541 Annex Rd. in Jefferson, WI 53549 or American Players Theatre (5950 Golf Course Rd. in Spring Green, WI 53588).
The Nitardy Funeral Home is assisting the family, www.nitardyfuneralhome.com