John Everingham


John Everingham just celebrated his 89th birthday on July 22nd. He has been active in his I Group, Chicago #1, since 1987. John now lives in Brattleboro, VT with his son Bob and Bob’s family. He is currently working on having his poem, “Rowing the Rio” published.

John was a tireless innovator of programs for the Chicago community. He was our elder chair and participated in the elder blessing circle from inception. John was also active as a Man of Service on many weekends where is his favorite job was scrubbing pots and pans. Retired in 1997 as Associate Professor of Oral Biology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where he was an award winning teacher of histology. He earned his Ph.D in anatomy at the University of Washington and holds a B.A. and M.S. degrees in zoology.

Dr. John studied humanistic psychology and related subjects for 30 years, exploring his own existential predicament and sharing some of what he learned. A restless searcher, he sensed for many years that something essential was missing from his “curriculum,” and at last discovered that for him the overlooked factor was internalized shame. His poem “Rowing the Rio” explores whitewater rafting as a metaphor for soul’s journey and the importance of paradox.