Donald W. Tiffany



Memorial services for Donald W. Tiffany, 83, Lawrence will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at Lawrence First Presbyterian Church. Private inurnment will be held at Memorial Park Cemetery. He died Friday, March 14, 2014 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Donald was born the second of five children in St. Louis, MO on May 24, 1930 to Murray Lee and Vera (Paul) Tiffany. During his childhood he moved with his family to Tulsa, Oklahoma, Houston, Texas, San Diego, California and returned to Maplewood, MO when he was 10.

After high school he attended Drury University, where he completed his B.A. in Psychology. He was drafted by the U.S. Army and served for two years as a PFC at the Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth. After his military service he worked in several VA and state hospitals while completing his Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of Kansas in 1965. In 1961 he married, Phyllis Guthrie, his fellow student at KU. In 1965 he took a position with Institue for Community Studies in K.C., MO and moved his family to Kansas City. In 1970 they moved to Hays, Kansas where he became chief psychologist at High Plains Community Mental Health Center. In 1978 Dr. Tiffany opened his own private practice in Hays until 1990. In 1990 they moved to Lawrence where he worked until his retirement in 2002.

Throughout his professional career he wrote and edited several books in addition to several dozen professional and research articles on psychology issues, particularly on personal control.

He was a member of the Lawrence Presbyterian Church. He was also a member of APA, APS, KPA, American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, and a member of Sigma Psi. Don became a big follower of the Kansas Jayhawks and Kansas City Chiefs.

He leaves behind an older brother, Murray Lee, II and wife, Nancy and family in Kimberling City, MO; his wife, Phyllis of the home; his son, Allen and wife, Adeliza, four granddaughters, twins, Natasha & Nikita and twins Eleanor & Cassandra all of Austin, TX; his daughter, Karen Dean and husband, Jeffery, one granddaughter, Madelyn and one grandson, Andrew all of Lawrence. He was preceded in death by his parents; one sister, Marilyn Jean Jones; and two brothers, Robert Lewis Tiffany, Lawrence Paul Tiffany.

The family suggests memorials in his name to the Lawrence Salvation Army, Lawrence Humane Society, Drury University, or KU Endowment for students in need of financial help and may be sent in care of the Warren-McElwain Mortuary.


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