WMU News

Edward L. Trembley

Oct. 20, 2003

Edward L. Trembley, professor emeritus of counselor education and counseling psychology at Western Michigan University, died Oct. 12 in Kalamazoo. For 40 years, he worked as a teacher, mentor, consultant and therapist, and his tenure at WMU was marked by numerous achievements.

A former department head, Trembley was instrumental in launching the counseling psychology doctoral program.

Before retiring in 2000, Trembley served the CECP department as an administrator and faculty member and in 1999 was named Psychologist of the Year by the Western Michigan Psychological Association. He continued working in private practice until his battle with lung cancer required him to stop.

Throughout his career, the Bellafonte, Pa., native directed more than 100 doctoral dissertations, wrote extensively for professional journals and made numerous presentations and public lectures to professional organizations. Before joining WMU in 1976, Trembley also held posts at Penn State, University of Delaware, Ohio University and Lock Haven University.

Trembley is survived by his wife of 43 years, Pauline (Rickard) Trembley, WMU's director of human resources information systems, and by two daughters and three grandchildren.

A memorial reception is planned for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29, at the Kalamazoo Ladies' Library Association at 333 S. Park. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to Hospice Care of Southwest Michigan or to West Michigan Cancer Center of Kalamazoo.

Media contact: Gail Towns, 269 387-8400, gail.towns@wmich.edu

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