Charles Cannady, Professor of Psychology, has passed away
Saybrook University is sad to report the passing of faculty member Charles Cannady, PhD.
He died peacefully Friday morning, surrounded by family and friends, of complications from a long fight with cancer.
A gifted scholar who worked across several schools at Saybrook, Charles was a founding faculty member of our MFT program, a recognized international expert on Sandtray Therapy, and a dedicated healer. He worked with youth in crisis, families in need, and men’s groups – particularly for those with anger management issues. He made a difference in many lives.
“The quality and dedication of Charles’ work and relationships is, perhaps, best exemplified by the long term work he had been doing with the Academy of Counselors Japan,” said Saybrook Provost Dan Sewell. “The Academy sent a group of counselors to our offices in San Francisco every year for a five day workshop. Charles started working with this group in 2007; and, his work with them on Sandtray Therapy was considered a highlight of the workshop. This past year, as I awarded certificates to the students, their expressions of gratitude for the workshop and for Charles’ work was astounding.”
An ordained minister with a Master’s Degree in Theology, specializing in Clinical Pastoral Education, from the San Francisco Theological Seminary, Charles was the former President of the American Association of Anger Management Providers in California, and (in addition to his work here) a member of the faculty at Merritt College in Oakland. He earned his PhD in Clinical Psychology from The Wright Institute.
We will miss his expertise greatly, and his presence even more.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 19, at Clinton Avenue Baptist Church, 3017 Clinton Ave., Richmond, CA 94804-1499,
We hope you will use this “virtual memorial” to Charles to share memories, best wishes, and support with the rest of the Saybrook community.