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John Phillip KILDAHL

Male 1927 - 2019  (91 years)


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  • Name John Phillip KILDAHL 
    Born 24 Dec 1927  Owatonna, Steele County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Closeness to Ove Ovesen 12 
    Minnesota Birth Certificate 1927-30708 
    Occupation Psychologist 
    Died 17 Jun 2019  New York Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • St. Olaf, Ď49.

      John P. Kildahl, of Scarsdale and White Plains, NY, died on June 17, at the age of 91. Born in Owatonna, MN on Christmas Eve, 1927, John was the second son of Johan and Edith Kildahl. His father and grandfather were Lutheran ministers, and John was ordained in the Lutheran ministry in 1953, after graduating first from St Olaf College in 1949 and then Luther Theological Seminary in 1952. Johnís only brother, Paul, died in action serving in the US Army in Italy in 1944. John enlisted in the US Navy upon graduation from high school in Webster, South Dakota, and was in naval flight school when the war ended. John married Joyce Peterson, of Mabel, Minnesota, in August of 1951; they met at St Olaf in a Norwegian language class and had five children together, Kent, Margit, Lisa, Karl, and Ann. Joyce died in 2002, the love of Johnís life. Their marriage together was a loving and wonderful partnership.

      Johnís professional life was devoted to psychotherapy and his goal of helping patients be happier, more productive, autonomous people. He earned his Ph.D in clinical psychology from NYU in 1957 and did additional training in psychotherapy at the Postgraduate Center for Mental Health and the William Alanson White Institute, both of which he eventually taught at. The author or co-author of eight books on the value of therapy, he saw the analystís role as that of helper and supporter; he never strayed far from the ďpastoralĒ side of psychological assistance to patients. John was in private practice in Manhattan from 1958 until 2010. He also taught pastoral counseling at New York Theological Seminary.

      An avid traveler with Joyce, and a cunning tennis and platform tennis player, John and Joyce owned and cherished a cabin at Highland Lakes, New Jersey, for sixty years. He was a member of the Fox Meadow Tennis Club in Scarsdale, and a fifty-year congregant of Grace Lutheran Church. John maintained strong ties to St Olaf College, where his grandfather was president from 1899 to 1914.

      Johnís life was devoted to affirming the value and joy of human life. He was a devoted and deeply loving, supportive father, and in addition to his five children he leaves a legacy of deep affection with his sons and daughter-in-law - - Catharine Hill, William Burmeister, and Alan Highet - - and his eleven grandchildren: John, Tom, and Lizzy Kildahl; Katharine and William Burmeister; Alex and Sarah Highet; Jessica Kildahl; and Karin, Peter, and Nathan Honarvar. John lived a life of loving service to others to the day he passed into the next life. A funeral service to celebrate Johnís life will take place on June 26 at Grace Lutheran Church in Scarsdale at 11am.
    Person ID I9048  Don Carlson's Tree
    Last Modified 11 Oct 2019 

    Father Johan Lauritz KILDAHL,   b. 28 May 1887, Nerstrand, Rice County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mother Edith Amanda GLASCOE,   b. 31 Mar 1888, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Jul 1977, Goodhue County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years) 
    Married Jun 1915 
    Family ID F6489  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Harriet Joyce PETERSON,   b. 30 Oct 1928, Spring Grove, Houston County, Minnesota Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Nov 2002, New York Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years) 
    Married Aug 1951 
    Last Modified 11 Oct 2019 
    Family ID F6796  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart