Kenneth R. Timken, M.D., a Dallas psychiatrist passed away on 8/22/2014. Born July
7, 1927 in Pampa, Texas. Dr. Timken grew up in Denton, Texas with his widowed mother, Gretta Roach Timken and three older sisters. He is survived by one sister, Doris Chase of Conway, Arkansas. He is also survived by his spouse of thirty five years, Maureene Carole Timken, two children, daughter Lynn Medeiros and husband Paul, son Thomas Joseph Timken, stepdaughter Cheryl Ann Cano and six grandchildren. He
practiced psychiatry in Dallas for 45 years. Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical School from 1964-1998. He was involved in establishing psychiatric units at Presbyterian, Baylor and Green Oaks Hospitals. He was President of the Dallas Chapter of the American Psychiatric Association in 1974 and the Dallas Chapter of the American Society for Adolescent Psychiatry. With fellow
psychiatrists he opened the first medically supervised Biofeedback Lab and he chaired the first Biofeedback Symposium at the annual meeting of The American Psychiatric Association in 1974. He became the first Psychiatric Consultant to the Pastoral
Counseling and Education Center on the invitation of Dr. Ken Pepper, its first Director, and sustained an active participation in its growth. He was in the USNR 1945-6 where he participated in the “Bikini Operation”, an atom bomb experiment in the South
Pacific. He graduated in 1948 from the University of North Texas with a BA in English Literature. Graduate studies 1949 UNT. He entered Princeton Theological Seminary in 1949 and received a Bachelor of Divinity degree in 1952. While at Princeton he
was introduced to patients with psychosis through a brief training experience at Trenton State Hospital which created an intense interest and investment in the psychiatric field. 1952-1953 he completed clinical training for accreditation as a Mental
Hospital Chaplain in various facilities in Pennsylvania and Illinois hospitals. At Elgin State Hospital he had the privilege of ongoing visits with Anton Boisen, the legendary founder of the Council for Clinical Training, the original training program for mental hospital Chaplains. He became Resident Chaplain at Rusk State Hospital, in 1954, and created training programs for ministers and theological students in pastoral care. Entered Southwestern Medical School, Dallas, and was awarded M.D. in 1959, with following internship at St. Paul Hospital, Dallas, and psychiatric residency at Parkland Medical Hospital, 1960-63.
His love for psychiatry surpassed only by his love for his wife and children. He had an uninterrupted passion for developing rural properties with lakes, orchards, trees, grasses, vegetable gardens. Growing up in a musical family resulted in a lifelong
interest in classical music. Cremation service will be private. A memorial will be held on Sunday Aug 24, 2014 at 2 pm at Temple Shalom in the chapel, 6930 Alpha RD.Dallas TX, 75248. In lieu of flowers, contributions are requested for University of
Texas Southwestern Medical School, Department of Psychiatry (for student tuition aid) 5909 Harry Hines Blvd. Dallas, TX 75235 or Pastoral Counseling and Education Center (non-denominational) at 4525 Lemmon Ave. Dallas, Tx 75219.
Published in Dallas Morning News on Aug. 23, 2014
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