Dr. Walt Menninger to Speak at 2014 Hostetter-DeFries Event

Posted by Paula Paine on November 11, 2014 in Hostetter, "Menninger Clinic", "Walt Menninger", "Your OU" Ottawa University’s annual Hostetter DeFries Family Endowed Cultural Event is scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 19, and Thursday, Nov. 20, and will feature Dr. Walt Menninger, doctor, psychiatrist, author, and former CEO of the acclaimed Menninger Clinic.

Dr. Menninger will make two presentations during the event, both to be held in the Fredrikson Chapel at 1001 S. Cedar Street.  On Wednesday at 8:00 p.m., Menninger will speak on “Civil Disobedience: High Risk, High Gain?” and on Thursday at 11:00 a.m., his topic will be “Adaptation and Morale; Predictable Responses to Change.”

W. Walter Menninger, MD, known by his peers as Dr. Walt, is a third generation member of one of America's leading medical families. His grandfather, father and uncle established The Menninger Clinic in 1925 in Topeka, KS. He served as dean of the Menninger School of Psychiatry, chief of staff of the Menninger Clinic and finally as president and CEO of Menninger Clinic, before retiring in 2001 at age 70.

Menninger continues to consult at the Menninger Clinic, now in Houston, TX, and serves as adjunct professor on the faculty of the Menninger Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX. He has also been a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the Kansas University Medical College.

An accomplished forensic psychiatrist, Menninger was a consultant to the Topeka Police Department, the U.S. Secret Service, and the Federal Bureau of Prisons. He served with the U.S. Public Health Service as a chief medical officer in a federal reformatory, and with the Peace Corps. He was an early member and chairman of the National Institute of Corrections Advisory Board and currently serves on the board of the Police Foundation.

Following the assassination of Sen. Robert Kennedy in 1968, Menninger was appointed by President Lyndon Johnson to a 13-member National Commission on the Causes and Prevention of Violence – the first psychiatrist to be named to a national investigatory commission by a U.S. President. In 1972, he was elected to the National Academy of Medicine (then Institute of Medicine) of the National Academy of Sciences, and he chaired IOM workshops on Behavioral Sciences and the Secret Service in 1980 and 1990.

Menninger received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and his medical degree from Cornell University Medical College. He has received an additional five honorary degrees from various institutions and has lectured widely to professional and lay audiences. His published works include 10 books, 10 book chapters and more than 100 journal articles, with topics ranging from violence and crime to human sexuality, hospital psychiatry and chronic mental illness, and reactions to change and aging.

The Hostetter-DeFries Family Endowed Cultural Fund was established in 1999 by Ottawa University alumna Alice Jo (Hostetter) DeFries. The goal of the fund and annual cultural event is to host guest speakers who have contributed significantly to the social, artistic and cultural improvement of society.