18 December, 1921 – 22 February, 2020
Stephanie Dudek passed away on Feb 22, 2020 at the age of 98. As emeritus professor at Université de Montreal, a specialist in the psychology of creativity, a practicing clinical psychologist, former psychologist at the Allan Memorial Institute, and a seasoned world traveller, Stephanie Dudek had a passion for art, animals, and humankind.
She was an exceptional woman who almost single handedly raised a son Gregory who, with his wife Krys, produced two grandchildren Natasha and Nicholas, whom she adored.
She was one of the happiest people around, and had an exuberance for life that was unparalleled. With her enthusiasm for dancing, she came close to killing many a dance partner from exhaustion over the years, even in her 80s. In her university life, she published numerous papers on the nature of creativity, its relationship to personality, the genesis of creativity in children, and the signature of creativity in projective tests such as the Rorschach.
She obtained her MA at McGill University and her Doctorate at Columbia University in New York. Some of her professional recognitions included the American Psychological Association Farnsworth Award for outstanding service, and the Canadian Psychological Association Award for Distinguished Contributions to Psychology as a Profession wherein she was cited as “a brilliant clinician, inspiring teacher and creative researcher, unifying these three roles in a remarkable and outstanding career”.
She was married to Louis Dudek and helped launch him on his literary and professional career and remained close to him his entire life, even after they divorced. She eventually found Fred Martin, longtime administrator and Professor Emeritus at the San Francisco Art Institute, a warm, creative and loving man who brought exceptional richness to the second half of her life. With him she explored China and California and developed her own poetic vision using her maiden name Stephanie Zuperko. California flea markets will also miss their most avid customer.
The Family will receive condolences at Cote-des-Neiges Funeral Center (Centre-Funeraire) at 4525 Cote-des-Neiges Road, Montreal, QC, H3V 1E6 on Sunday, March 1, from 11:00am to 2:30pm. The funeral service will be held the same day at 2:30 at the same location, with a reception to follow.
If you wish to make a donation, the World Wildlife Fund is a suitable charity: https://wwf.donorportal.ca/tributeim/Donation/InMemory.aspx?G=14&T=INMEM
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24 January 2021
Stephanie meant a great deal to me and always will. She was my teacher, master's thesis director, a mentor, and ultimately, a friend. After working at U de M as her TA , I took to visiting her occasionally at her home in NDG or at her cabin at "Lac Ouareau", where Stephanie enjoyed a daily long invigorating swim along the shore. In the afternoon her friend and neighbour Guido Molinari might drop by for a lively discussion on art, philosophy or Life! Apart from possessing an inspiring and creative intellect, Stephanie was warm, whimsical, intuitive, compassionate, and full of wisdom. She once told me that (over and beyond all of her accomplishments) her greatest source of fulfilment and joy came from having had a child, her son Gregory.
Stephanie, I am very grateful for having known you. You nourished my spirit. With love, Eliane
1 August 2020
Stephanie was my Mom's cousin. I'm sorry not to have ever met Stephanie, but do remember my Mom, Regina, having visited and spoken about Stephanie both in Montreal and in the East Village of NYC's Greenwich Village. Including her illustrious psych career and work on creativity, I'm impressed that Stephanie could be considered one of the early "Beat" poets back in the day.
Condolences from myself and my sister's Elaine & Carol and my wife, Arlene. We are of late enjoying Stephanie's works of poetry.