Remembering Karen McLellan, psychotherapist, mother, photographer, writer

Remembering Karen McLellan, psychotherapist, mother, photographer, writer

Karen McLellan, long a fixture of the rich community of 1960s activists, died peacefully on March 1, 2022, at her garden cottage in Berkeley.

More than anything, Karen cherished the love of her life and her eventual husband, Michael Rossman, their sons Lorca and Jaime and their families, and her chosen family of lifelong Berkeley friends, fellow psychotherapists and those who shared her other professions . : mother, teacher, photographer, sometimes gardener and quilter, and follower of all aspects of science. If you were one of Karen’s people, you basked in her warmth, marveled at her collections of stained glass and psychotropic drug-associated swag, and shared countless wide-ranging and laugh-filled conversations.

Karen spent a large part of her life capturing all the beauty, sensations and feelings she experienced. She wrote her whole life: poems, stories and gripping memoirs. In mid-life, she added photography, including still lifes, portraits, and travel montage slide shows set to music. She was intensely curious, especially about the sciences (for so long a connection with her beloved Michael), and always interested in something new. In the last year of her life, Karen enjoyed as much time as possible with her granddaughters Sage and Charlie Bear, mastering the Zen of just being – lying on her porch swing, listening to the neighborhood come alive and quiet as the day went by. his course

Karen Anne McLellan was born in Amarillo, Texas, on January 15, 1942, to Robert and Mary Aileen (Mickley) McLellan, and grew up in both Sausalito and San Francisco, attending Miss Hamlin’s School and Lowell High, where she was the editor . from the school newspaper. Karen studied journalism at the University of Missouri, received a degree in English from UC Berkeley in 1964, and briefly taught high school before training as a psychotherapist (MA; Lone Mountain College, 1977) and seeing patients at the Berkeley Therapy Institute to have visited a few. years before her death.

Karen is survived by sons Lorca and Jaime Rossman, their wives Lola and Sarah, and grandchildren Sage Raven and Charlotte Ursula.


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