Dr. John Heefner was an enthusiastic supporter of the counseling center from its very beginnings in the late 1980’s. He became a consultant to the center’s therapists, meeting with them weekly to discuss best practices in working with their clients . In 2009 he started volunteering his time to meet with clients who did not have insurance, assessing their need for medication, writing prescriptions for them and monitoring their progress. His wisdom and kind generosity was part of our growth as a maturing counseling center. We will miss the information he would amass in his biannual trips to Harvard for their symposium on new medications and information on the best use of older drugs. Dr. Heefner was a man of many talents and pursuits in the fields of music, art, and decoration. His paintings hang on the walls of our offices. Like his family, children and grandchildren, we too learned much from him about generosity, love of life and compassion for others. His legacy will continue to strengthen and inform us as we serve the lives and needs of our clients.
“His service of remembrance is Sunday, May 12, 6 pm, at Westminster Presbyterian Church. We encourage you to read his inspiring obituary in the Star Tribune.