Morton Shaevitz obituary (2021) – La Jolla, CA
1935 – 2021
Dr. Morton Herbert Shaevitz passed away quietly at his home in La Jolla, Calif. On September 24. He was 86 years old. Morton was a husband, father, author, and psychologist. Known for his commitment to a healthy lifestyle and exercise, few would guess that as a young man growing up in Long Beach, he was severely overweight – a weight he lost in a short time. after enrolling at UCLA to pursue studies in psychology. While a student there, he met Diane Orloff, whom he married while studying for his doctorate. After graduating, the two moved to the University of Michigan, where Mort and Diane helped shape the radical ’60s movement on campus and where they raised their children, Erica and Jonathon. An opening at the University of California – San Diego has brought the Shaevitz clan back to California, where Mort will eventually meet his second wife, Marjorie Hansen, with whom he shares a background in psychology. The two would form a personal and professional bond that would last nearly fifty years and give birth not only to two more children – Geoffrey and Marejka – but also to a series of co-authored books on marriage, relationships and gender. a passion for his work which has led to an incredibly varied professional life. He was a staff member or advisor to countless institutions while maintaining a solid practice in working with individuals on the self improvement process. His commitment to his job stemmed from an almost insatiable need to be intellectually challenged – a trait he often said he was proud to have passed on to his children. Mort Shaevitz reluctantly left this land. He found his greatest joy in the exploits of his children and grandchildren. Their happiness and accomplishments, big or small, were his fuel, and his greatest frustration at the end of his life was not knowing what “would come next” for each of them. Mort is survived by his wife, Marjorie; children: Erica, Jonathan, Geoffrey and Marejka as well as their respective spouses John, Karen, Sarah and Adam; and grandchildren: Sam, Jonah, Jack, Rebecca, Annabel and Maisie. The family will be having a celebration of life in a few months and Mort will be the center of attention, the place where he has always been happiest. The family is requesting that commemorative gifts in honor of Mort Shaevitz be sent to the Scripps Health Foundation, where the donations will be designated to support the work of their senior physician in internal medicine, Dr. Gaston Molina. Submissions can be made online or mailed to the Scripps Health Foundation: Box 2669La Jolla, CA 92038 Call: 844-442-4483 (DONATE) Please sign the guestbook online at legacy.com/obituaries/ lajollalight
Posted by La Jolla Light on October 7, 2021.