S: Catherine Klaus Schear * 1941 - 2010
FC: Photographs of. . . Catherine Klaus Schear
1: Catherine Klaus Schear 1941 - 2010
28: Catherine Klaus Schear, 69, passed away peacefully on December 31, 2010 at her home in Berkeley, California, with her family by her side. Her death was due to a brain tumor, and was incalculably premature. Catherine will be remembered as she was: a fiercely devoted mother and grandmother, an accomplished woman of letters, a talented and humane psychotherapist, a dear friend to many – and, it must be added, gorgeous and stylish, graceful and brave, to the end. Catherine is survived by her husband, Richard Newman, her daughter and son-in-law, Stephanie and Eric Tilenius, her son and daughter-in-law, Joseph K. Schear and Antje Linck, and her two cherished grandsons, Niles and Liam Tilenius. Born in Toledo, Ohio on December 17, 1941, to Mark Lincoln Klaus and Helen Dreyfus Klaus, Catherine graduated from Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in art history. She then earned her master’s degree from Columbia University in speech and hearing therapy, and began her professional career as a speech therapist in New York. After moving to San Francisco in 1974, Catherine continued her study of art history at UC Berkeley, earning her master’s degree in that subject in 1984. She taught and lectured on art history at various Bay Area colleges and universities – UC Berkeley, San Francisco State, California College of Arts and Crafts, and Cal State Hayward. Catherine ran her own adult education series, Painted Conversations, which spawned dozens of art appreciators and collectors. Catherine also founded a series of salons at the San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute, Conversations on Culture. Catherine served on the boards of the San Francisco Art Institute and the Society for Asian Art; she published articles on Ernst Kirchner, R.B. Kitaj, and Peter Voulkos, among others. At 65, she returned to school to train as a psychotherapist, earning her M.A., MFT from the Wright Institute in Berkeley. She had just begun her therapy practice, with offices in Marin and San Francisco. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her honor to Access Institute for Psychological Services in San Francisco (http://www.accessinst.org/). Catherine cared deeply for her patients, particularly those with little means who were in need of mental health intervention. Alternatively, a donation can be made in her honor to Accelerate Brain Cancer Cure (http://abc2.org/), a non-profit organization devoted to finding a cure for brain cancer. Catherine was determined to see that others would not experience what she did; she would have liked nothing more than to see further advancement in the treatments and ultimately find a cure for brain cancer.