In memory of Karen McLellan, psychotherapist, mother, photographer, writer

Karen McLellan, a long-time part of the wealthy community of 1960s activists, died quietly at her garden cottage in Berkeley on March 1, 2022.

More than anything, Karen cherished the love of her life and her eventual husband, Michael Rossman, their sons Lorca and Jaime and their families, and her chosen family of longtime Berkeley friends, fellow psychotherapists and those who had shared his other vocations. : mother, teacher, photographer, sometimes gardener and quilter, and adept in all aspects of science. If you were one of Karen’s people, you basked in her warmth, marveled at her collections of colored glasses and loot associated with mind-altering drugs, and shared countless high-profile, laugh-filled conversations.

Karen has spent much of her life trying to capture all the beauty, sensations and feelings she has experienced. She wrote all her life: poems, stories and snippets of memoirs. In mid-life she added photography, including still lifes, portraits, and travel-montage slideshows set to music. She was intensely curious, especially about science (a longtime bond with her beloved Michael), and always interested in something new. In the last year of her life, Karen spent as much time as possible with her granddaughters Sage and Charlie Bear, and mastered the Zen of just being – lying on her swing, listening to the neighborhood come alive and calm down during the day. his courses.

Karen Anne McLellan was born in Amarillo, Texas on January 15, 1942, to Robert and Mary Aileen (Mickley) McLellan, and grew up in Sausalito and San Francisco, attending Miss Hamlin’s School and Lowell High, where she was the editor in chief. from the school newspaper. Karen studied journalism at the University of Missouri, earned an English degree from UC Berkeley in 1964, and briefly taught high school before training as a psychotherapist (MA; Lone Mountain College, 1977) and seeing patients at the Berkeley Therapy Institute for up to a few years. years before his death.

Karen is survived by her sons Lorca and Jaime Rossman, their wives Lola and Sarah, and their grandchildren Sage Raven and Charlotte Ursula.