Victor Goertzel, Ph.D.

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Victor Goertzel, Ph.D., a psychologist specializing in group and individual psychotherapy, lived in Palo Alto and San Jose, California. After receiving his B.A. and M.A. degrees in psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, he was awarded a Ph.D. degree in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan in 1953. He was a member of the American Psychological Association, the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, the American Orthopsychiatric Association, and was a Past-President of the National Association for Gifted Children.

Victor met his wife Mildred in the late 1930s, and the couple traveled to Mexico, where they became acquainted with the painters Diego Rivera and Frida Kahlo, and also where they discovered Quakerism. They both subsequently spent a lifetime working on peace and social justice issues, and both were intrigued with early influences on children who later became famous people. In 1962, they wrote Cradles of Eminence, which soon became recognized as a classic. Other jointly authored books followed, including Three Hundred Eminent Personalities (1978) and Linus Pauling: A Life in Science and Politics (1995). Victor died in 1999.

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