Richard Charles Evenson

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Richard Charles Evenson died at his home on Holiday Island on Dec. 1. He was the son of Harold and Doris Evenson. He was born on Aug. 23, 1928 in South Milwaukee, Wisc.

He served as a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army from 1948 to 1952. He received a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin . He worked as an advertising copywriter in Milwaukee, Wisc. and in Chicago, Ill.

He received his PhD in clinical psychology from Loyola University in Chicago in 1966. He was licensed in both Illinois and in Missouri. He worked as an Associate Professor in Psychology at the Missouri Institute of Mental Health in St. Louis, Mo. He retired as an Associate Professor Emeritus in Psychology and Neurology from the University of Missouri School of Medicine in Columbia, Mo. in 1996. As a psychologist he was active in research, teaching and as a clinician.

He was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, uncle and cousin.

He is survived by his wife Joan of 48 years, his sons and their wives, Christopher (Debra), Jeffrey (Laura), and Kevin (Amy) of St. Louis, Mo. His grandchildren are Suzanne, Jeffrey, Sydney and Nathaniel. He has a younger brother Robert of Southaven, Miss. He was preceded in death by his son Timothy.

Since moving to Holiday Island in November, 2000 he has been an active member of the Eureka Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Eureka Springs. He was a member of the Holiday Island Writers Guild, performed in a stage play in Eureka Springs and had continued writing movie scripts and reviewing books and articles for psychology journals. He was a voracious reader and passionate about chess and music.

Interment is planned in the Jefferson Barracks Cemetery in St. Louis, Mo. Memorial services will be held in Eureka Springs and St. Louis, Mo. at a future date.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to St. John's Hospice-Berryville, 804 W. Freeman, Suite 4, Berryville, AR 72616 or the charity of choice. Online condolences may be sent to the family at