Deceased June 17, 2021

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In Memory

Gary Arling, 82, died in Madison, Wis., on June 17. He served for four decades as a clinical psychologist and administrator in the Wisconsin Correctional System.

Gary was born in Joliet, Ill., and went to high school there. He was the son of Lester J. Arling and Catherine Quinn Arling. Since he did his military service in the U.S. Army before entering Amherst, Gary was a few years older than most of the class and perhaps more serious. He pledged Delta Upsilon and worked at WAMH, the college radio station.

Gary’s major at Amherst was psychology, and he continued in that field at the University of Wisconsin—Madison, first earning a master’s degree in psychology and then, in 1971, a doctorate in clinical psychology. While working in the university’s primate lab on his M.A. thesis, he met Katherine “Kathy” Lowe Schwoegler of Madison. They married in 1969.

He began working as a psychologist in the Wisconsin Department of Correction and held many positions within its Bureau of Clinical Services. During his time at the bureau, Gary, with colleagues, developed protocols for psychologically classifying inmates that came to be used throughout North America. At the time of his retirement, he was director of the Bureau of Clinical Services, supervising some 50 psychologists and psychiatrists who provided mental health services to juvenile and adult offenders in Wisconsin.

After retirement, Gary enjoyed golf and fishing. He served as a ranger at the University Ridge Golf Course, overseeing the smooth operation of the course. He and Kathy enjoyed traveling and hosting large social gatherings for friends and family. Kathy died in 2018 after 49 years of marriage to Gary. He is survived by sons Daniel and Ric, six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Neale Adams ’63