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The Adler School Observes the Legacy of Former School Leader Eugene McClory 05.07.13
The Adler School Observes the Legacy of Former School Leader Eugene McClory

The Adler School of Professional Psychology remembers and celebrates the legacy of Eugene J. McClory, who led our School during a significant and transformational time in our history. We share with sadness the news that Mr. McClory passed away on May 3.  

In 1972, Mr. McClory was appointed the first full-time Director (President) of the Adler School, then known as the Alfred Adler Institute of Chicago, following 20 years of leadership by our School founder Rudolf Dreikurs. Mr. McClory went on to lead significant work that paved the way for our School's curricular and service growth. 

With his leadership, the Institute received authority by the Illinois Office of Education in 1973 to award its first degree, the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology. In 1978, the Institute was granted full accreditation of its master’s level programs. Mr. McClory also completed the  research and prepartion for our first doctoral program in clinical psychology in Chicago, which received accreditation in 1987 soon after he left the School.

A Chicago native, Mr. McClory was ordained as a Catholic priest and served several parishes in the Archidiocese of Chicago, before leaving the priesthood in 1971 and taking his position at the Adler Institute.  He served as the Institute's Director until January 31, 1984, and continued to serve the Institute as a member of the presidential search committee to name his successor.  He became assistant director for the Center for Social Concerns at the University of Notre Dame., and later moved to the Cincinnati area, where he served as coordinator for the Caregiver Assistance Network of Catholic Social Services of Southwestern Ohio.

We extend our deepest sympathies to Mr. McClory’s family and loved ones, and our condolences to the many members of our School community and the communities at large for whom he was a colleague, mentor, and friend.



Kim McCullough
Director of Communications, Adler School of Professional Psychology
(312) 662-4124 or via email