Marion Jean Boa Woodman
August 15, 1928 – July 9, 2018
Marion Jean Boa was born in London, Ontario, on Aug. 15, 1928, the first of three children of Andrew and Ila (nee, Phinn) Boa.
In the early 1970s, after a long career as a high school English and Drama teacher, she moved from Ontario to England with her husband, Ross Greig Woodman, a college professor and distinguished author. While in London, she entered analysis with Dr. E. A. Bennett. She became interested in Jung’s theories of the unconscious and started training at the C. G. Jung Institute – Küsnacht in 1974. She completed her training in 1979 with her thesis “Obesity in the Female as a Somatic Manifestation of Psychic Activity which was later published as her first book, “The Owl was the Baker’s Daughter” by Inner City Books in 1980. After returning from Zurich, she and her brother, Fraser Boa, who was also a Jungian Analyst, founded the Ontario Association of Jungian Analysts.
In 1993, Woodman was diagnosed with uterine cancer. She recorded the subsequent two years of cancer treatment in a journal, which was later published as Bone: Dying into Life. She taught and lectured internationally. Her collection of audio and visual lectures, correspondence, and manuscripts are housed at the Pacifica Graduate Institute Opus Archives and Research Center, in Santa Barbara, California.
Her personal process of facing anorexia as well as cancer, well documented in her texts, testifies to the transformative potency of inner work. The Marion Woodman Foundation was established in 2002 to ensure the continuation of her work of bringing embodied consciousness into our lives.
Other Woodman books include:
Addiction to Perfection: The Still Unravished Bride (1982)
The Ravaged Bridegroom: Masculinity in Women (1990)
The Maiden King: The Reunion of Masculine and Feminine (with Robert Bly) (1998)
Many of her books bring to light elements of primal feminine consciousness, in both men and women, that have been obscured by centuries of patriarchal thinking.
Several graduates of our Institute trained with Marion Woodman in her BodySoul certification program, and continue her commitment in this arena. Equally, several others had the pleasure of attending her seminars and workshops while students at Pacifica Graduate Institute where Marion and her husband, Ross Woodman, were resident faculty for a month every year, for many years.
Our entire community mourn the loss of one of the most inspiring and courageous figures in Analytical Psychology.
Joseph Marvin Spiegelmann
May 26, 1926 – September 22, 2017
American Jungian psychologist and analyst, the author of many books, including “Psychotherapy as a Mutual Process,” “Jungian Analysts: Their Vision and Vulnerabilities,” “Modern Jew in Search of a Soul,” and “Reich, Jung, Regardie & Me: The Unhealed Healer.”
Spiegelman received his Ph.D. at the University of California in Los Angeles. He is a graduate of the C. G. Jung Institute in Zurich, Switzerland (1959) and spent many years teaching at UCLA and USC as well as at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
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.