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Walter Odajnyk, with us always
Dear Colleagues, Students and Alums,
Dr. Steve Aizenstat is Chancellor and Founding President of Pacifica Graduate Institute
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As an immigrant youth left essentially orphaned in the tumult of World War II, Walter was adopted in New York by my aunt and uncle, Lydia and Leonty Krushelnytsky. Thus, we were not related by blood but Walter was an important link in my family history, especially to memories of my late father, which he generously shared.
Walter was a sacred gift. As a dissertation chair he offered generous guidance and perspective in the form of inspiring questions, encouraging challenges, and enthusiastic editing requiring one to move deeper and deeper into the material with every turn. Working with Walter was a numinous journey that I will treasure in my heart for eternity.
I'm sorry to hear of Walter Odajnyk's passing. I had the great honor of having him as a therapist in New York. My experience with him was life changing. He was a beautiful man, brilliant and committed. Thank you Walter, my life is better for having known you.
For students in Pacifica's Myth program, Walter served as a powerful guide, whether into dream-time and our subconscious, the landscape of fairy-tales or through the night hours of the Egyptian Amduat. I treasure our journeys together and although he has passed over,I find comfort knowing Walter adventures on.
Walter was extraordinary. He seemed to be a magically perfect fit for every environment and for every occasion, as though he was the indispensable missing piece. And he embraced us all, one at a time, in his comfortable, unassuming "Walter" way. Was he real, or did I dream him?
Walter, you remain in our hearts always.
May Walter's Memory be eternal.
Walter gave a wonderful presentation at The C.G. Jung Club of Orange County last February.
I too will miss Walter and his wit and humanity, his love of the gardens and our shared age and ethnicity. I am sorry not to have had one more chat and a chance to tell him how much I shall miss those chance encounters.
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