Dr. Ernest R. Myers ObituarySeptember 29, 2014 by Donald L Myers
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Dr. Ernest R. Myers PhD
5315 Colorado Ave. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20011
Ernest R. Myers, age: 79 – Noted Scholar, Author, Fellow of ABPsi & APA and University of District of Columbia Professor Emeritus (Ret.), succumbed on September 10, 2014. He went on to be with his Father God following a bout with metastatic cancer.
Ernest was born October 18, 1934 in the Town of Middletown, Ohio, to the late David I. and Alma (Harper) Myers. He graduated from Middletown High School in 1952, where he received Ohio and National High School Scholastic Art Contest Honors. Ernest served in the U.S. Air Force, where he, as a vocalist, won 1st place in the U.S. European Armed forces vocalist contest in France. On March 30, 1957 he married, Carole Elaine (Ferguson) Myers, also of Middletown, Ohio.
Dr. Ernest R Myers, PhD, 1976, a resident of Washington DC since 1958, was recently announced in the AARP Winter 2011 Newsletter as a distinguished administrator, teacher and researcher in the graduate programs at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC), and the Federal City College, a predecessor institution. For this notable work, he was awarded the Professor Emeritus status on April 22, 2010 at the UDC Annual Faculty Appreciation Luncheon. Dr. Myers had completed a doctoral degree in Community Psychology from Union Institute University, Cincinnati, Ohio in 1976.
Dr. Ernest R. Myers and Carol are members of From the Heart Church Ministries in Maryland. He served as a Church Ministry Head.
Dr. Ernest R. Myers, in 1983, as Vice President of Membership and Community Affairs wherein he represented the American Psychological Association (APA), DCPA and the Black Psychologists Association before the DC City Council where he successfully present a ground breaking Mental Health Initiative legislation that was adopted. That bill incorporated psychologists and psychological services in DC Mental health to a degree not previously attained and presently no longer operative. He stood up for upgrading mental health services in general and requiring full cooperation of city and federal bodies. He was a Community Psychologist, Fellow of the APA and Professor of Psychology and Counseling at the University of the District of Columbia. While working an expert consultant at the US Department of Health, Education and Welfare, he earned his Ph.D. in Psychology from the Union Institute University. Earlier in his career he was Assistant Director of the National Urban Leagues Washington Bureau. He was an Executive Board Member of the DC Mental Health Counselors Association Leadership.
He is a noted author of 4 of books and published over 100 refereed articles and his latest book, particularly timely, is entitled, “Challenges of a Changing America”. His other three books are:
(1) “Ecological Dynamics of the Inner City”, (2) “Multiculturalism as a Basis for Empowerment” and (3) “Societal Reform, The Role of College-Community Relationships in Urban Higher Education Phase II”.
Dr. Myers began teaching at Federal City College. Once UDC was established, he continued in a higher learning teaching career and became a tenured professor in 1983. He rose to the Chairmanship of The University of the District of Columbia Psychology Department, having achieved a recognized undergraduate program in Psychology and a Masters level program accredited by the APA.
Ernest is survived by: his wife of 57 years, Carole Elaine Myers; brothers David I. Myers Jr., Pasadena, CA; and Donald L. Myers Sr., Hilliard, Ohio; and sister Barbara Herman Cozart, Euclid, Ohio. He is further survived by nieces, and nephews: Major Donald L. Myers Jr. (Ret); Dexter E. Myers, Pamela Myers, Julie Myers of Pasadena, CA. Darlene Anderson, Ronald Anderson, (Shane) Fareed Abdullah, of Cleveland, OH; Diana Kemp, Deborah Kemp, Denice Kemp Lawson of Los Angeles, CA, Dana Clark, Pasadena CA., Bernard Clark Palm Springs CA. He has numerous great nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by: sister, Laverne Alma Myers-Kemp; and nephew; Dennison M. Myers.
A Funeral Service for Dr. Ernest R. Myers will be held on September 22, 2014, viewing at 10:00 a.m. with the service at 11:00 a.m. at the From the Heart Church Ministries, 4949 Allentown, Road, Suitland, MD. Entombment will follow the Committal Service at the Veterans National Cemetery. Relatives and friends are welcome at the final Committal Service. A Military Honors ceremony will be held at the gravesite. All arrangements are being handled by the Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorial funds should be established in his name for the homeless.