Donald W. Tiffany

3/17/2014

Donald W. Tiffany, 83, Lawrence, died Friday, March 14, 2014, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Donald W. Tiffany, 83, Lawrence, died Friday, March 14, 2014, at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

He was born May 24, 1930, in St. Louis to Murray Lee and Vera (Paul) Tiffany. After high school, he attended Drury University, where he completed his bachelor's in psychology.

He married Phyllis Guthrie in 1961. He was a U.S. Army veteran and served for two years as a PFC at the Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth. After his military service, he worked in several VA and state hospitals while completing his doctorate in clinical psychology at the University of Kansas in 1965. In 1965, he took a position with Institue for Community Studies in Kansas City, Mo., and moved his family to Kansas City. In 1970, they moved to Hays, where he became chief psychologist at High Plains Community Mental Health Center. In 1978, he opened his own private practice in Hays until 1990. In 1990, they moved to Lawrence, where he worked until his retirement in 2002. Throughout his professional career, he wrote and edited several books in addition to several dozen professional and research articles on psychology issues, particularly on personal control.

He was a member of the Lawrence Presbyterian Church. He was a member of APA, APS, KPA, American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, and a member of Sigma Psi.

He enjoyed the Kansas Jayhawks and Kansas City Chiefs.

Survivors include his wife, of the home; a son, Allen and wife, Adeliza, Austin, Texas; a daughter, Karen Dean and husband, Jeffery, Lawrence; a brother, Murray Lee II and wife, Nancy, and family, Kimberling City, Mo.; six grandchildren, twins Natashia and Nikita, and twins Eleanor and Cassandra, all of Austin; and Madelyn and Andrew, Lawrence.

He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister, Marilyn Jean Jones; and two brothers, Robert Lewis Tiffany and Lawrence Paul Tiffany.

Services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Lawrence First Presbyterian Church; private inurnment will be in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Memorials are suggested to Lawrence Salvation Army, Lawrence Humane Society, Drury University or KU Endowment for students in need of financial help in care of the Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

Condolences can be sent to www.warrenmcelwain.com.

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