1943 – 2018
We were deeply saddened by the news in January that our dear colleague and friend Roland George Rodwell had passed away. Known as George by some of us in New Zealand and Australia, he was born on November 7th1943 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, and died in Stowmarket, Suffolk, following a long illness, on January 1, 2018.
After originally working as a social worker in the UK during the 1970s and early 1980s, George went on to complete his training in Analytical Psychology at the SAP in London and it was this training that lead to his unique clinical commitment to Analytical Psychology and working in the transference. In the early 1990’s he returned to New Zealand and established himself in private analytic practice in Parnell. During this time George developed strong collegial bonds as a professional member of ANZSJA. Craig San Roque remembers him warmly and with appreciation:
“While George was here, according to my memory, we introduced into the ANZSJA annual meeting events over several years, the role of ‘process observers’. Their task was to observe and then comment on the dynamics of the group as we worked our way through this or that experience or dilemma or task. As I recall, George was very pleas ed with this attempt at ‘meta view’ in the developing society, and his contributions were always valid, attentive to process and discerning. I, for one, while President of ANZSJA, was grateful for his common sense. His presence was greatly missed when he returned to the UK. Missed, not only as a very human human being but also because his discernments helped us develop as a group, a group of eccentrics seeking a collective ‘alpha function.’ “
Following his departure from New Zealand in the early 2000’s George practiced briefly in London but retired following illness.
He is remembered very fondly for his gentleness and compassion, his intellectual astuteness and witty sense of humour, and his clinical rigour – which included a steadfast regard for the value of analytic clinical practice.
“I remember when George left for the UK being struck by how at the next couple of AGMs our group would affectionately leave an extra chair “for George”. I thought it very touching the way he was kept in mind”.
Patrick Burnett, ANZSJA
George continues to be remembered, and missed, by the ANZSJA community.
“One can never know in what form a man will experience God”
(Collected Works of C. G. Jung, Vol.11, Para 482).
Rachael Feather and Andrew Gresham