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Dr. Flowers--Developer of Au Pair Test--Passed Away April 2012

Au Pair Clearinghouse:  We are saddened to hear about the sudden passing of Dr. Flowers.  Dr. Flowers was co-developer of the popular and widely used Booream-Flowers Au Pair Screening Test. Au Pair Clearinghouse interviewed Dr. Flowers regarding his test and the process of au pair screening methods in this country.  He was generous with his time and expertise and was a delight to work with. You can read more about Dr. Flowers and his contributions to the au pair industry's screening methods in our Interview below:

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Below is the announcement of his passing from Chapman University, where Dr. Flowers taught for many years: 



April 13, 2012
TO:                  Chapman Community

RE:                   Professor John V. Flowers
FROM:            Daniele C. Struppa, Ph.D.
                        Chancellor, Chapman University

Dear Colleagues:
It is with great sadness that I report the sudden passing of John Flowers from a heart attack on Tuesday afternoon.  He was in New Orleans for the annual meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine where three of his students, senior psychology majors, were presenting a paper.  Several colleagues have remarked that it was particularly fitting and poignant because John was doing not only what he loved but also something that was vital to his being.

A Professor of Psychology, John was a Woodrow Wilson Fellow as an undergraduate student in philosophy, and he completed his MA in psychology and PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Southern California.  During the following decade, he taught and consulted at several hospitals and universities in the area. 

After joining Chapman in 1981, John went on to make significant contributions to the university during his service.  He played a central role in growth and development of the Department of Psychology, serving at various times as chair and director of its graduate programs.  A consummate, award winning teacher and dedicated mentor of students, he taught a variety of courses, at every level.  He strove to ensure that students planning to be psychologists or family therapists received the best possible education.  John involved hundreds of undergraduate and graduate students in the research experience. He supervised 3-4 student individual studies each semester, and many of these students presented their research at professional conferences and/or published in professional journals. 

John was also a highly respected scholar.  When he joined our faculty he was already an established researcher with numerous publications.  He continued to research at prodigious levels throughout his academic career.   He did it because he loved research and writing.  His list of journal articles, book chapters, books, etc., on his vita is over eight pages in length.  He also gave more than 225 presentations at conferences and workshops, nationally and internationally. 

John was one of the few persons in the field who has provided regular writings on the philosophy of psychology and on psychological practice.  He is considered an expert and authority in these areas, and his books on clinical practice have been used to train untold numbers of today’s providers of mental health services.  During his career, he was the recipient of several grants and served as senior editor for three journals.  John's accomplishments placed him in the top levels of his field. 

John was passionate about his profession.  This was demonstrated in numerous ways.  In addition to his key role in preparing hundreds of students to enter the field of psychology, he was very active in active in a number of professional organizations, including the American Psychological Association, Association for the Advancement of Behavior Therapy, and the Society of Behavioral Medicine.  Committed to helping current practitioners, for over three decades John annually gave a five-day workshop on a variety of topics at the Western Regional Conference of the Family Service Association of America.  In the few years he did not do the workshop, he was invited to do a special presentation.

In addition to his dedication to teaching and research, John was fully engaged in the campus community, especially faculty governance.  As a member of countless faculty committees and councils, he always provided significant insights and frequently served as chair.  John displayed the highest level of professionalism and judgment, while coincidentally providing his colleagues with a heightened sense of consciousness regarding faculty governance and due process.  John brought to the faculty an exceedingly clear perspective of professional ethics and social morality, and an unselfish commitment to distinguish right from wrong. 

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