Professor of Counseling Samuel Gladding passes away

Dear Faculty, Staff and Students,

We are saddened to announce that Professor of Counseling Samuel T. Gladding died Dec. 6 at Kate B. Reynolds Hospice Home in Winston-Salem following an illness.

Professor Gladding was internationally recognized as a prolific author of books on counseling. During his extensive career, he traveled worldwide speaking, teaching and consulting. He led national and international counseling associations and was honored with an extensive list of awards for his writing, professional service and mentorship.

In 1990, he joined Wake Forest as professor of counseling and an assistant to the president for special projects, serving the late President Thomas K. Hearn Jr. from 1990 to 1997. From 1997 to 2007, he was an associate provost. He chaired the Department of Counseling for many years.

Professor Gladding’s areas of research and special interests included marriage counseling, group counseling, creativity in counseling and professional issues. He wrote a history of Wake Forest covering the years during the administration of President Hearn entitled The History of Wake Forest, Volume 6.

The Wake Forest community grieves Professor Gladding’s death and extends our condolences to his family and friends, as well as those who had the opportunity to know him.

An obituary is expected to appear in the Winston-Salem Journal later this week. A link to the obituary and details regarding a memorial service will be posted on Inside WFU when available.

Wake Forest offers support and counseling services for all students, faculty and staff.  The Counseling Center may be reached at 336-758-5273 and the Chaplain’s Office at 336-758-5210. For faculty and staff, there is also the Employee Assistance Program at 336-716-5493.


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