Rita Mohr Weinberg, Ph.D., who taught undergraduate and graduate psychology classes at NLU from 1976 until her 2011 retirement, passed away on Jan. 28, according to a Chicago Tribune obituary.
“Dr. Weinberg graced the classrooms and hallways of National Louis University for decades,” NLU’s Cynthia Mee, Ph.D., fondly recalled.
“She wove together and role-modeled how the mind, body, and spirit are balanced and interconnected. Dr. Weinberg’s essence is present in schools around the country via her students and all others who heard her speak at conferences, who read her academic work, or who had a casual conversation with her. The twinkle in Dr. Weinberg’s eyes is omnipresent and shines within each of us.”
Dr. Weinberg taught classes in human development, personality assessment, psychopathology and cognitive psychology. She also had a private practice, which she continued even after her retirement from NLU, in which she worked with adults as well as children experiencing such issues as autism, addictions and depression.
Dr. Weinberg earned her doctorate from the University of Chicago in 1955, and wrote her dissertation under the supervision of well-known child psychologist Bruno Bettelheim. Early in her career, she worked with Dr. Julius Richmond, who later became U.S. Surgeon General and began the Head Start program.
In the years since her retirement, Dr. Weinberg and writer Bruce Boyer wrote a book on her work and philosophies. It has not yet been published.
The NLU community offers condolences to Dr. Weinberg’s family and friends.