Passing of Dr. John Krumboltz

NCDA is sad to announce the passing of Dr. John Krumboltz on May 1st at the age of 90.  John was the 1994 recipient of the Eminent Career Award, NCDA’s highest honor.  He was a long standing NCDA member, was a keynoter at many NCDA Conferences, and was able to attend the 2018 NCDA conference in Phoenix. A tribute to John was read at the 2019 conference in Houston.




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John Krumboltz And Fans






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Michi Mizuno   on Tuesday 05/07/2019 at 07:58 PM

Please let me express my deepest sympathy. His theory encouraged many Japanese workers who had faced many unexpected events and happenstances. Thank you Dr. Krumboltz.

Alice Rush, CCC   on Wednesday 05/15/2019 at 07:17 PM

I met John and his wife Betty while I was still at Cal Poly as a graduate student, we met at the McDaniel conference at Stanford. He remained a friend and mentor over the years and we even worked on a self-efficacy metric study (measuring self efficacy before and after corporate career development training) in 1995. I will miss his warmth, hugs, sense of humor and philosophy on life. He will be deeply missed.

Raza Abbas   on Sunday 05/19/2019 at 02:45 AM

Heart-felt condolence to Dr. Krumboltz; his happenstance learning theory will be remembered for years to come! Thank you for providing career hope to countless people
Dr. Krumboltz.

Kat Gallagher   on Tuesday 05/21/2019 at 11:16 AM

I met Dr. Krumboltz as an early practitioner, and found him to be encouraging of both students and those just starting out. He will be missed.

Barbara Suddarth   on Wednesday 06/05/2019 at 02:24 PM

I met Dr. Krumboltz when I was a young master's student attending my first regional career conference. He introduced himself to me as "John" and showed a genuine interest in my research and professional goals. Over the years, he was generous in encouraging and affirming my career. I remember him fondly as a fine gentleman and as a visionary whose humility and dedication will be greatly missed.

Edward Colozzi   on Tuesday 06/18/2019 at 02:57 PM

We have sadly lost another NCDA Treasure! I met John a long time ago when Don Super and I were catching a brief lunch at a conference. John came over to say hi to Don, and Don invited him to join us for lunch, and that was my first meeting with John. We talked many times over the years, and I always enjoyed attending his many
presentations. John and I were invited to present at a Society for Vocational Psychology Conference, and I fondly remember having a couple of memorable discusions about spirituality and one's personl life journey as we were preparing our presentation. John's contributions have touched many people, and he was respected and loved for his ideas, authenticity and humor. Ed Colozzi

Brian Montalvo   on Friday 06/21/2019 at 10:21 AM

Dr. Krumboltz will be deeply missed! His contributions to our field, unique wit and humor were unrivaled.

Amy Mazur   on Friday 08/23/2019 at 02:38 PM

Such a loss for our career development community. Not only was Dr. Krumboltz's work so influential and even transformational, but his approachability and genuine kindness as a human being was something that made conferences more meaningful and fun. He developed a theoretical approach that empowered clients and modeled that same approach as a thought leader and colleague.

Julie Collier   on Monday 12/09/2019 at 03:52 PM

I am so grateful for Krumboltz's work on social learning theory of career decision making and happenstance learning theory which had such an impact on me in graduate school and on my career development work with college students over the past 15 years. We are using the Krumboltz and Levin book Luck Is No Accident in our Life and Career Planning classes here at FLC as the primary text. Thank you, John!

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