- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 17, 2005

Gerald Gordon May, a psychiatrist and author, died April 8 after a lengthy illness at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. He was 64.

Born June 12, 1940, in Hillsdale, Mich., Dr. May graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1962 and Wayne State University College of Medicine in 1965.

He completed his internship and residency in the Air Force and served a tour of duty as a psychiatrist in Vietnam. After his military discharge, he became director of a drug-abuse center in Lancaster, Pa.

In 1973, the family moved to Columbia, Md., where Dr. May became part of the psychiatric staff of the Patuxent Institute in Jessup and the Spring Grove Hospital Center in Catonsville. He remained a practicing psychiatrist until 1988.

He joined the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation as an associate in 1973. Dr. May became a full-time staff member in 1983, finally serving as senior fellow in contemplative theology and psychology.

At Shalem, he taught and mentored thousands of men and women seeking to deepen their spiritual lives.

Throughout a 35-year period, he wrote numerous articles and nine books on spiritual growth and enlightenment, including “Will and Spirit,” “Addiction and Grace,” “The Awakened Heart,” and most recently, “The Dark Night of the Soul.”

Dr. May is survived by his wife, Betty, of Columbia; four sons, Earl May of Wayne, Pa., Paul May of Fort Myers, Fla., and Greg May and Christopher Gunther, both of Columbia; a daughter, Julie May of Randallstown, Md.; a brother, Pat May of Howell, Mich.; and 10 grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, the family requests that contributions be made to Shalem (www.shalem.org) or Upavim (www.upavim.org).

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