Memorial services held for social work and social ecology associate professor
Memorial services for James F. Dyer Jr., MSW, associate professor of social work and social ecology in the School of Science and Technology, were held Saturday, June 3, in the Loma Linda University Church of Seventh-day Adventists.
Mr. Dyer died on Sunday, May 28, in San Diego, of a heart attack.
Known as a compassionate and loving educator, Mr. Dyer embodied Loma Linda University’s mission to further the healing and teaching ministry of Jesus Christ in response to its motto “to make man whole.”
Born in Petersburg, Virginia, Mr. Dyer earned the BA degree in zoology in 1962 from Columbia Union College in Takoma Park, Maryland. In 1966, he received the MSW degree with a major in psychiatric social work from West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia.
He was certified as a social worker for the state of California in 1969 and was recognized as a board-certified diplomate in clinical social work by the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work in 1990.
Prior to coming to Loma Linda University, Mr. Dyer taught science for Prince George County, Virginia, and was a psychiatric social worker for Eastern Shore State Hospital in Cambridge, Maryland. In 1970, he began his employment with Loma Linda University in the School of Medicine as an instructor in the department of psychiatry.
He was promoted to assistant professor of psychiatry in 1980. In 1975 he became clinical supervisor for the Graduate School’s department of marriage, family, and child counseling, as well as consultant/clinical supervisor for the social work department of Loma Linda University Medical Center.
Since 1994, Mr. Dyer has been director of the University’s counseling center, and clinical social work supervisor/field placement director for MSW students in the School of Science and Technology.
In 1994, he was promoted to associate professor of social work and social ecology, where he served as academic program coordinator for the master of social work program.
Mr. Dyer’s service to the Seventh-day Adventist Church, to his local community, and to the world was evident as he tirelessly worked with the University’s International Behavioral Health Trauma Team and as an active member of the Adventist Community Team Services board.
Mr. Dyer was known professionally for his thoughtful lectures, seminars, committee participation, and publications in the field; his students, peers, and clients will remember him as a compassionate, loving, and fair-minded servant to mankind.
By Richard Weismeyer