- The Washington Times - Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Winifred Russell Coulter, a long-serving clinical psychologist, died June 1 of complications from pneumonia at Inova Fairfax Hospital. She was 75.

Mrs. Coulter was born in 1931 in Huron, S.D., to a doctor who later served in World War II and a registered nurse. During her childhood, she and her family spent vacations roaming through the Black Hills and Badlands of her home state.

She obtained her doctorate in clinical psychology and graduated summa cum laude from American University in 1975. She also was a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

In the mid-1970s, Mrs. Coulter served as director of training at the Mount Vernon Community Mental Health Center, which is part of the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board.

She worked in private practice as a clinical psychologist with the Vienna Family Therapy Group of Vienna, Va., from 1978 to 1996.

Mrs. Coulter also co-wrote a textbook for psychology students titled “Dialogues for Therapists,” which was published in 1976.

In addition to her professional work, Mrs. Coulter was an award-winning ballroom dancer, harpsichord player, watercolor painter, gourmet chef and costumer.

She also was active in the Vienna Presbyterian Church, where she served as a deacon, teacher and counselor.

Her husband of 52 years, David Coulter, an acoustical engineer, died in 2004.

Survivors include two sons, Doug Coulter of Floyd, Va., and Jim Coulter of Blacksburg, Va.; a daughter, Annie Coulter of San Francisco; two sisters, Margaret Cronauer of Hagerstown, Md., and Nancy Boye of Wyckoff, N.J.; and a brother, John Russell of Greenville, S.C.

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