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Al Siebert : biography

January 21, 1934 - June 25, 2009

Lawrence Albert "Al" Siebert, (January 21, 1934 - June 25, 2009) was an American author and educator. A native of Oregon, he was best known for his research on psychological resilience and the inner nature of highly resilient survivors. He taught at Portland State University in Portland for more than 40 years.

Later life and death

Siebert lived in Portland with his wife Molly and spoke to business, government and military leaders on developing resiliency skills. Siebert died on June 25, 2009, in Portland at the age of 75 from colon cancer.

Early life

Lawrence Albert Siebert was born in Portland, Oregon, to Donald and Mildred Siebert on January 21, 1934. Raised in Portland, he graduated from Grant High School in Northeast Portland before attending Willamette University in Salem, Oregon. There he graduated from the school with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology. Siebert earned his master's and PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan.


He was an ex-army paratrooper, joining for a short time at the end of the Korean War. As adjunct professor, he taught management psychology seminars for over forty years at Portland State University. He was the author of several books on resiliency and survivor traits. Siebert was awarded a prestigious post-doctoral fellowship by the Menninger Institute. When he moved to Topeka to start his fellowship, he told his supervisors about his extraordinary breakthrough with understanding schizophrenia by having a "peak life" experience himself.,, April 14, 2012, The Menninger psychiatrists immediately declared him severely mentally ill, canceled his fellowship, and had him locked up in the back ward of a V.A. psychiatric hospital diagnosed as paranoid schizophrenic. A month later he "eloped" from the V.A. hospital and returned to his home in Oregon to begin a very successful 35 year career as a teacher, author, and community leader

Siebert was a guest on radio and television interviews and call-in shows such as NPR, CNN, Oprah, and NBC's Today Show, and was featured in magazine articles in USA Today Weekend, Family Circle, Men's Fitness, Prevention Magazine, Good Housekeeping, Harvard Business Review, and Dr. Andrew Weil's Self-Healing Newsletter,. His "How Resilient Are You?" quiz has been reprinted in many publications.

He was frequently quoted in newspapers articles and other mass media as an expert on issues of workspace stress and resilience.,, CNN, September 6, 2006, Christian Science Monitor, September 14, 2005, Seattle Times, July 31, 2005, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, September 08, 2006, The Joplin Globe, July 07, 2006Schooled in Life, Adults Return to College, by Yvonne J. Medley, Washington Post, October 12, 2003, by Jenn Shreve, Wired News,, February 12, 2001

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