Dr. Charlotte Clinebell


Thursday, October 17, 2013 at 2:48PM

Dr. Charlotte Clinebell, widow of long-time Claremont School of Theology professor, Dr. Howard Clinebell, died Saturday, September 21, 2013, at the age of 90.

Dr. Charlotte Clinebell, widow of long-time Claremont School of Theology professor, Dr. Howard Clinebell, died Saturday, September 21, 2013, at the age of 90. She lived a long and productive life fighting many forms of injustice while authoring numerous books and articles on psychotherapy and pastoral counseling. In addition, she was a tireless advocate of women’s rights.

Charlotte grew up in Santa Barbara. She is the daughter of Harvey Holt and Helen Holt. She received her bachelor's degree from Northwestern University in Illinois, where she met her future husband, Howard Clinebell, a Methodist minister. Howard was the founder of a pastoral counseling center in Pasadena, California that was later renamed the Clinebell institute in 1989. He passed away in 2005.

Charlotte earned her masters degree in social work and Ph.D. in education while raising three children, John Bell, Donald Clinebell, and Susan Clinebell Wichers with Howard. Following graduate school, she worked as a private counselor for more than 30 years.

After retiring to Santa Barbara, Charlotte served as a volunteer advocate, counselor, and board member for the Santa Barbara Rape Crisis Center. Her life of service reflects her faith in the interconnectedness of life on earth and that everyone can make the world a better place through his or her efforts.

Survivors include her sisters Dee and Lucy, three children, five grandchildren, Jamie, Andrew, Brennan, Tessa, and Nevan, and two great-grandchildren, Madison and Aubrey.


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