David P. Himle

David P. Himle, professor of social work, died suddenly at his home in Ann Arbor May 9. He was 63.

Himle began his career at U-M in 1970 as a lecturer in the School of Social Work. He became assistant professor that same year, associate professor in 1974 and professor in 1990.

His research focused on job burnout and work stress among social workers, marital conflict and therapy, anxiety management and disorders, behavior therapy, and depression.

“He was a productive scholar, especially in interdisciplinary studies,” said Phillip A. Fellin, professor of social work. “He was also recognized as a creative and stimulating teacher.”

Siri D. Jayaratne, professor and assistant dean for research at the School, said, “He was a great colleague to work with, a very hard-working, conscientious individual with a great sense of humor. He’ll be sadly missed.”

Born in Janesville, Wis., Himle received a bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College in 1951, a master’s degree from U-M in 1967 and a doctorate from U-M in 1970.

He was a member of the American Psychological Association, National Association of Social Workers, Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy and the Social Work Group for the Study of Behavioral Methods. He also was a charter clinical fellow of the Behavior Therapy and Research Society.

Contributions in his memory may be made to a scholarship fund at the School of Social Work, 1065 Frieze Building, 48109-1285.


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