I was born in Cincinnati, Ohio; but my family moved to Tucson, Arizona in 1953…..to provide an environment with clean, dry air; and mild temperatures….so I could heal my childhood “upper respiratory health problems. I became a perfectly healthy 6 year old, after about a year. I attended Salpointe Catholic High School, after which; I entered the Seminary at the University of San Diego, to become a Carmelite Priest. Because I was still in love with my High School “Sweetheart (whom I later married, had a daughter, and remained married to for 17 ½ years); and to assist my mother with serious physical and mental health problems…..I returned to Tucson after 6 months….and enrolled in the University of Arizona….graduating in 1970 with a B.A. in Sociology, and a Minor in Psychology. I then completed a Master of Social Work Degree (M.S.W.) at Arizona State University, in Tempe; graduating in 1972 with interests and specializations in Individual, Family, and Group Psychotherapy. Long before my current “Pacifist” Status, I became a Mental Health Officer in the U.S. Army’s Medical Service Corps…..serving at Kimbrough Army Hospital (Ft. Meade, Maryland), and then in the 25th Medical Battalion, of the 25th Infantry Division; just after their return from Viet Nam, to Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

Upon my discharge as an Army Captain, in 1977; I pursued my Ph.D. in Clinical and Evaluative Social Work, at the University of Denver; amd after 2 years there…..became an Assistant Professor at Ohio State University, in Columbus. I remained on the Ohio State Faculty for the next 27 years…..teaching Research and Evaluation, all areas of Clinical Practice, Growth and Development; and a variety of elective courses on Existential and Spiritual Theory and Practice, Post-Modernism, and Community-Oriented Living. I also continuously maintained a Private Psychotherapy Practice, a Consulting Service, a Community-Service “Guest Lecture” and “Workshop” Agenda ….and in 1990, I Founded and Directed (for 10 years) a “Citizen Education and Practice” Organization, called “The Center for Peace Studies and Community Development” (which included a 2-Summer Community Development Internship Program, in Winslow, Arizona; and on the nearby Hopi and Navajo Indian Reservations.

For the last 10 years of my Formal Academic Career, I was a Visiting Lecturer, during the Winter quarter, at Various Universities throughout the Country. These included: John F. Kennedy University, near San Francisco (teaching Peace Psychology); California Institute of Integral Studies (teaching a workshop on Community Development); University of San Francisco (lecturing on Peace and Existentialism); Western New Mexico and New Mexico State Universities (teaching Social Work Theory and Practice); Mt. Hood Community College, in Gresham, Oregon (course on Developmental Psychology); and teaching “Human Growth and Development” at Portland State University. Other Universities and Colleges where I have lectured, or done training are: Ohio Dominican College, Capital University (Ohio), University of Pittsburgh, Wittenberg University (Ohio), Arizona State University, California School of Professional Psychology, and University of Wyoming.

Upon Retiring from Ohio State University in 2005, I moved to Oregon; where I lived in Portland for 3 years, and at the ocean in a small cottage at Cannon, Beach; for the remainder of the time. I taught a variety of Social Science classes at Clatsop Community College in Astoria, Oregon; and provided Mentoring Services to individuals and organizations on the Oregon Coast, in Eugene and Portland; and in Vancouver, Washington. I conducted “Zen Lifestyles” and Peace classes, additionally, in Astoria, Seaside, Manzanita, and Cannon Beach….where I was also on the Community Policing Team, and provided “Conflict Mediation” services for the City.

In 2012 I returned to Tucson, Arizona….where I grew up; and accepted an Adjunct Professor position in the Department of Psychology, at the University of Arizona. I currently base my “Existential and Spiritual Mentoring” Practice in the Southwest; where I also do traditional Psychotherapeutic and Counseling Training and Consultation, provide Program Evaluation services, engage in various Community Development projects; and teach Courses and Workshops on “Zen Lifestyles,” Spirituality and Wisdom, Peace Theory and Community Development practice; and other areas listed in this Web Site. I swim, hike, do nautilus workouts, teach Drum Lessons, and play in various Musical Ensembles throughout the area (I have played Drums for 54 years). Peace!

Bill Eldridge