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December 8, 1924 - August 2, 2013



The following obituary appeared in the August 18th edition of the Los Angeles Times. It also can be accessed on

www.legacy.comby searching for Melvin Suhd; there's a Guest Book where you can sign in and post pictures of Mel.
If you plan on attending the Celebration of Life for Mel, please RSVP to
so Mel's kids know how many people to expect.


December 8, 1924 - August 2, 2013

Melvin was born and raised in Detroit, MI. He graduated from Central High School just as the United States was entering WW II. He joined the military as part of the 42nd Infantry (Rainbow) Division where he participated in the Battle of the Bulge and was part of the first liberators of Dachau Concentration Camp on April 29, 1945.

Melvin earned a teaching credential from Wayne State University. His elementary school classrooms integrated children with learning and other disabilities in the mid 1950's. He taught at E.M.U., Lesley, Pacific Oaks, CSUN, Goddard and UWW colleges. As a PhD student at UCLA in the 1970's, Mel and his colleagues developed a theory of Pluralistic Education. Mel helped start some of the first external degree programs with Goddard and Antioch Colleges which let students develop their own educational curricula and gave them credit for their life experiences.

Mel was involved in the humanistic psychology movement. He started a religious organization: The Association for the Integration of the Whole Person (AIWP) as a way to promote both his notion of humanism and his desire to expand the goal of lifelong learning. He founded/established the original University Without Walls, Antioch West, Sierra, Summit and University for Integrative Learning, from which he retired.

He was also a committed social justice activist. Mel walked with Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, and Washington, D.C., and was with Cesar Chavez in Modesto, CA. He participated in many anti-Vietnam war rallies and protests which culminated in a 20-day jail stint for blocking the doors at the Oakland Army Induction Center.

Melvin is survived by his 3 children: Glenn, Mike with Kate Kausch, and Lauren with Wally Brondstatter. His three grandchildren: Jennifer Suhd-Brondstatter, James Aura-Gullick and Jordan Aura Gullick. His Sister, Flora Hommel and her daughter Claudia. He is preceded in death by his former wife, Sunny (Yetta) Varner nee Weinman.


A Celebration of Life is planned for Sunday, September 29, 1:00 PM at PS1, 1225 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA 90404. If you would like to attend reply to

Melvin's web site is:

In lieu of flowers you may make donations to AIWP or Venice Community Housing.


Please send any further remembrances of Mel to Georgia Argyle at, for inclusion in a future email or for posting on the website.

AIWP Central's current mailing address is:
(use only for ordination applications / UIL related business)
3312 Kenilworth Drive
Los Alamitos, CA 90720
All Quarterly Reports and 1% donations still
get mailed directly to the AIWP accounting manager at:
Georgia Argyle
accounting manager
P.O. Box 275
Petaluma, CA 94953
Thank you to everyone for continuing to file your reports AND for filing them on time! 
Your hard work and dedication is what makes AIWP all that it is now and inthe future.


Here on the Association for the Integration of the Whole Person (AIWP) web site you will find information about our community. It is made up of ordained members in service, their local congregations, and our own AIWP-sponsored university: The University for Integrative Learning. AIWP was founded over 30 years ago. We are proud of our legacy of being ahead of our time; we advance the ideal of life-long learning; we consider that the potential of human development is sacred.

AIWP was established so that people can join together in affirming their right to use their skills and knowledge for serving others. Our Ministers, dedicated to the AIWP Credo and Mission Statement, are a community of pioneers whose goal of integrating the whole person is in itself a religious commitment. We are pledged to the creation of a spiritual community and university free from dictates of church or educational orthodoxy.

? The CONGREGATION DIRECTORY contains a list of many of our Ministers and their local congregations, along with links to their web sites.

? The UNIVERSITY FOR INTEGRATIVE LEARNING (UIL), is a unique and exciting educational opportunity. A 21st century "university without walls", this learner-centered program offers BA, MA and Ph.D degrees.

? Our ORDINATION SECTION extends a warm welcome to people who believe in a life of service and who find their own ideals reflected in our Credo & Mission Statement.  Those interested in joining our community will find all the details here.


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LOVE OF LIFE and people is achieved through an integrated awakening of physical, mental, spiritual and emotional processes. Life itself is a religious experience as realized in the temple of my being. I am performing a religious service when my thoughts and deeds involve an affirmation of life. My congregation is both myself and those who seek my support in striving towards an integration of the whole person. To serve others, for fee or gratuity, who seek my assistance in the pursuit of this religious experience is both my commitment and my right, free from any persecution. My service is supported by the Association for the Integration of the Whole Person in agreement of principles with the Constitution of the United States. Membership in the Association for the Integration of the Whole Person will be denied or revoked if I interfere with or injure the rights of others, perform criminal acts, or practice medicine without a license. My service, whether for fee or gratuity, is limited to the areas for which I have been qualified.

Spiritual: "of religion, sacred, devotional, or ecclesiastical; not lay or temporal."

The Association for the Integration of the Whole Person was founded so that spiritual persons, prepared to serve their communities, can do so in ways that assure the blessings of self-empowerment, psychologically and educationally, leading to peace for persons of goodwill.

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