Jack R. Iversen
ONEONTA — Jack R. Iversen was born May 31, 1930, in Chicago, to Rose and LeRoy Iversen. He died at the age of 83 on April 21, 2014, in the Albany area, where he relocated so he could be with family during his battle with cancer.
Survivors include his daughters, Nancy Smyth (David and Amber), Kristen Iversen-Cartwright (Mark), Jill Iversen; and sons, Tod Iversen (Cindy) and Terence Smyth (Shanna); grandchildren, Beck, Brandon, Haley, Kelsey, Jacob, Liam, Linnaea, McKenna and Riley. His beloved dog, Max, now lives with his daughter, Jill, who inherited her dad’s love of German Shepherds.
He was predeceased by his wife, Joan, of 44 years; his parents; his siblings, (Warren Iverson and Marilyn Kieres); and his first wife, Janice Irene Bantleon.
Iversen completed his early education in the Chicago public schools. Upon graduating, he initially pursued a program in architecture at the University of Illinois, Chicago campus 1948 to 1949, and then transferred to the University of Illinois, Champagne-Urbana. His education was interrupted while he served in the U.S. Army from1953 to 1955; he returned to the University of Illinois and graduated with a BS in 1956.
He entered the University of Illinois school psychology doctoral program, but left before completing his doctorate in 1960, to take a job as school psychologist in Star Lake. He became active with the newly formed professional organization of School Psychologists of Upstate N.Y. (SPUNY) schools where he served as editor of the organization’s newsletter and then was elected president in 1966.
In 1963, he came to the State University of New York at Oneonta as an associate professor to work as a psychologist at the campus school and to teach at the college.
In response to the community awareness of the national drug crisis of the 1960s, he worked with many concerned people from both colleges, the community and Bassett Hospital. Out of this collaboration came the founding of “85” which became one of the first crisis counseling programs in the state and an important resource for the community.