Garfield deBardelaben, first African-American clinical psychologist in Oregon, dies after lengthy illness

Garfield deBardelaben, PhD

Garfield deBardelaben, PhD Feb. 19, 1946 – Dec. 07, 2015

The Oregonian, August 2008

Clinical psychologist Garfield deBardelaben, PhD,  died at 69 of a long-term illness. He was the first African-American clinical psychologist licensed in the state of Oregon. He provided consulting services to Fortune 500 clients throughout the U.S., Asia and Europe. He was the founding principal of Interpersonal Relations International, LLC, a multi-ethnic organization development consulting firm specializing in helping businesses solve interpersonal and productivity issues, and develop effective leaders.

In addition to his private practice, he worked on the Good Samaritan Hospital rehabilitation team, and was a clinician and instructor at Oregon Health & Science University. Dr. deBardelaben also specialized in diversity and inclusion. His influence fostered racial dialogue with constituents and citizens.

He is survived by his wife, Marian; brothers, Robert Lee (Gail) of San Francisco, David (Eartha) of Pittsburgh and Andre (Karen) of New Castle, Pa.; sister, Deborah Jacoway (Michael) of Charlottesville, Va.; and aunt, Ida Belle Northington of Pittsburgh. He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert and Georgia Mae; and brother, William. A memorial service will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, at the Agnes Flanagan Chapel, Lewis & Clark College. In lieu of flowers, donations are requested to Amyloidosis Support Groups.