June N. Matthews M.A. ’74 was born June 21, 1922, in Starbuck, Washington, to Clifton Wicks and Gladys Wamble. She grew up in Walla Walla, Washington, with younger brother James Wamble. She married Clayton Matthews in 1942 and after he returned from WWII, they lived in throughout Washington before moving to Los Alamos, New Mexico, in 1949 and Menlo Park in 1956. June lived in Menlo Park for most of her career and moved to Santa Cruz in 1998. She was legendarily spirited and high-achieving her whole life. Gifted musically, she studied piano early and led in several organizations including Camp Fire Girls (resulting in a personal audience in the Oval Office with Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt). She graduated National Honor Society and attended Whitman College in Walla Walla, studying piano before seeking employment as a legal assistant. While raising her children, she worked in various law firms and became increasingly attracted to early childhood development, concurrently assuming roles in teaching, teacher training, preschool management, and the early establishment and growth of Bay Area Head Start programs. As her children grew up, June returned to college part-time, obtaining an M.A. in counseling psychology at Santa Clara University. She became a licensed marriage and family therapist, focusing principally on developmental issues of young children. Always reaching and never resting, she moved to Switzerland and completed a several-year curriculum at the C. G. Jung Institute in Zurich, emerging as a certified Jungian analyst. She returned to Menlo Park and was soon recognized broadly for her extensive understanding and use of Jungian sandplay therapy. She was involved in the early planning of the Sandplay Therapists of America. After moving to Santa Cruz, she continued to offer therapy to children and families as well as consultation and supervision for those professionals wishing to deepen their understanding of Jungian psychology and sandplay therapy. She continued her consulting practice through her mid-80s while remaining active as part-time faculty at the San Francisco Jung Institute and the UC Santa Cruz Extension Program as well as writing, lecturing, and teaching in various colleges and professional organizations. June was a treasured figure and mentor to her many grandchildren. “Baba” was a steady source of love, understanding, and at times coaching and counseling. Her home served as a peaceful and safe family oasis nurturing both patients and grandchildren alike. June was also a lifelong fitness buff and could often be found running stadium steps or walking the marshlands and beaches up and down the California coast. She traveled extensively and found a special attraction to hiking in the Tibetan mountains, June’s life was very full and she touched the lives of many. June passed away on Oct. 1, 2017. She is survived by her three children, Mark Matthews, Scott Matthews and wife Gail, and Kristin Matthews; former husband Clayton Matthews; seven grandchildren; and 13 great grandchildren.

08 Nov 2018