In Memoriam

by Daniel Kohen, MD

March 3, 2012


Dr. Reaney blowing bubbles at the Pediatric Hypnosis Workshop, Society for Developmental-Behavioral Pedatrics, October, 2008



The NPHTI Faculty lost a long-time and beloved teacher, Dr. Jud Reaney, who was 62 years old when he died of pancreatic cancer on February 24, 2012.   Memorial Services were held March 3 at the Plymouth Congregational Church in Minneapolis.  The presence of hundreds of family, friends, colleagues, and former students joined together in celebration of Jud’s wonderful life was an appropriate testimonial to, and remembrance of, a true healer and kind, sensitive and giving teacher.

As a teacher he always had both time and wisdom for the learners, whether they were pediatric or medicine-pediatric residents on Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics rotation, medical students, nurses, developmental-behavioral pediatrics fellows, or many other students to whom he had an enduring commitment.

Dr. Reaney was the first Fellow of the University of Minnesota Department of Pediatrics’ Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Program in 1978. With the mentorship of the founding Director, Dr. Karen Olness, he fashioned a Fellowship called “Ambulatory/Developmental/Behavioral Pediatrics” and went on to later become Board Certified in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics when the subspecialty was first accredited in 2002. He was also certified in Biofeedback; a published author with expertise in pediatric Clinical Hypnosis; and awarded a Bush Fellowship in the area of Physician Renewal, during which time he had the opportunity to study with Rachel Naomi Remen (Kitchen Table Wisdom amongst others) and author Parker Palmer of the Center for Courage and Renewal. He also spent a semester in Boston studying world religions. Though he would never have said it, he most surely was the Upper Midwest U.S. region’s expert in children’s spirituality, and selflessly shared his wisdom in this realm.

As a 24-year member of the Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Faculty, Dr. Reaney was integral to the evolution and perpetuation of the curriculum for training in Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics required for all of our Pediatric and Medicine-Pediatric residents. In his role as the site coordinator for Resident Education at the Alexander Center for Child Development and Behavior (Park Nicollet) he not only personally taught each of the residents, but also facilitated the overall educational experience for both residents and DBP Fellows whose education includes significant experience and training with the Alexander Center professional staff. Over 500 Pediatric and Med-Ped residents and all of our DBP Fellows had the opportunity to learn from our friend and colleague; and undoubtedly most will recall one or more particularly memorable encounters.

Dr. Reaney’s interests and commitments were diverse, and he will be remembered for:

•  serving as the site coordinator for Resident Education at the Park Nicollet Alexander Center for Child Development and Behavior in Minnesota, meeting with and training over 500 residents and fellows;

• his contributions to the Pierre Indian Learning Center in South Dakota for 25 years;

•  his diagnosis and thoughtful treatment of child physical and sexual abuse and his collaboration in the establishment of Cornerhouse, a groundbreaking organization which has improved how child abuse is investigated around the world;

•  his service on the National Enuresis Society;

•  his national teaching for the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback and the International Society of Hypnosis:

•  and quite notably for his enduring commitment to teaching pediatric clinical hypnosis. 

An integral member of the Teaching Faculty of the Pediatric Hypnosis Group which taught Annual Pediatric Hypnosis Workshops under the auspices of the Society for Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics from 1987 to 2009, Jud continued his commitment to this education as a member of the faculty of NPHTI (National Pediatric Hypnosis Training Institute), teaching workshops with the NPHTI Faculty in 2010 and 2011 even while enduring the challenges of his illness and chemotherapy. Through these workshops alone over 1400 child health clinicians learned from this very special, whistling, and always smiling, loving guy. We will always miss him.