Wendy Davee

1947 - 2012, Santa Barbara

Wendy Davee, 64, of Santa Barbara passed away on August 22, 2012 at Serenity House after a short, courageous battle with cancer.

Wendy was born December 28, 1947, to Dr. Paul and Mrs. Peggy Reagan Davee in Iowa City, Iowa. She also spent part of her childhood in Tallahassee FL and moved with her family to San Jose CA in 1957. Wendy graduated from Camden High School in 1965, attended UCSB, and graduated in 1969 with a degree in Philosophy. She later earned a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology from the Human Relations Institute (now Pacifica Graduate Institute) and was licensed in CA as a Marriage and Family Therapist.

During her career, Wendy always gravitated toward the helping/healing professions. Out of college, she was employed by the Santa Barbara County Welfare Department. Wendy also worked at St. Vincent’s School, the Devereaux School and, in 2000, she joined the core faculty of Pacifica Graduate Institute. While continuing to teach at Pacifica, she also served for seven years as the Chair of the Masters Program in Counseling Psychology.

While Wendy’s career achievements were notable, perhaps her greatest impact was on her family and friends. She developed deep relationships with her extended family and a wide and diverse group of friends over many years (she even maintained friendships with elementary school friends!!). During her illness, Wendy inspired everyone with her optimism, grace and acceptance of her situation. Her unwavering interest in the lives of her friends and family and the abundant love and support she gave to all around her will be forever missed.

Wendy was preceded in death by her parents. She is survived by her loving brother, Steven Davee and his wife Anne of College Station TX and her nephew Paul Davee of Brooklyn, New York. Wendy also leaves behind cousins, three God-children and many extended family members.

Wendy’s family thanks her vast medical team, Drs. Woliver, Blount, Belkin, Danson, Fisk and Kearney and the nurses and staffs of the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara, Cottage Hospital, Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care of Santa Barbara and Hospice of Santa Barbara for their compassion and professionalism during her illness.

Memorial contributions would be welcomed by the Cancer Center of Santa Barbara, Visiting Nurse & Hospice Care of Santa Barbara, the Nature Conservancy, Best Friends Animal Society & Sanctuary, or a charity of your choice.

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