Kimberly D. Ritter Arndt
(July 1, 1960 – May 3, 2016)
Our international community lost a treasured friend and colleague when Kimberley D. Ritter Arndt died in May in Mesa, Arizona. Her beloved husband Mark and adult children, James and Nancy, were with her. Kim had lived courageously with cancer for 25 years. She was 55 years old.
Kim earned a B.S. Zoology (Magna Cum Laude) in 1982 from Arizona State University. Her M.A. in Professional Counseling was awarded in 2001. While working as a counselor, Kim sought a deeper understanding of consciousness and began studying the works of C.G. Jung.
Kim was one of the first candidates accepted into the new C.G. Jung Institute-Zürich (CGJIZ) International Block program. Assuming a leadership role along with academic achievement, she graduated in 2012.
With great motivation, Kim founded the Alumni Association in 2013. Passionate about her experiences in Zürich, all of her mentors, and the worldwide community of students and training analysts, her inspiring vision of ongoing, dynamic dialogue among global graduates met with enthusiastic support. Her commitment to the success of the Alumni Association and its collaborative relationship with the CGJIZ attracted colleagues to her vision.
Kim was a member of the C.G. Jung Institute-Dallas, Inter-Regional Society of Jungian Analysts, and the IAAP. She lectured at the C.G. Jung Institute-Zürich and presented seminars for the Southwest Analytic Society, Southwest Behavioral Health, the Moscow Association of Analytical Psychology, and the Phoenix Friends of Jung.
Throughout her life, Kim was an international traveler journeying on an African safari, meeting Aboriginal peoples in Australia, praying with Mother Theresa at her Calcutta orphanage, and flying to attend a friend’s wedding in Eastern Europe and an ordination of a beloved fellow graduate in Germany.
Kim’s presence was strong, intelligent, and insightful. She spoke with courageous honesty from a generous heart. People were drawn to her authentic care and love. A talented leader with a particular gift for holding tensions, she facilitated discussion of disparate positions, encouraging constructive resolution. Kim’s quest for wholeness and vibrant connection with the Self inspired all of us who had the fortune to know, train, and work with her.