Ralph C. Underwager
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Underwager, Ralph C., age 74, of Northfield, died November 29, 2003.  Born in Elgin, Illinois.  Survived by wife, Hollida Wakefield Underwager; son, Mark Underwager; daughter, Rachel (Thomas) Larson; stepdaughter, Jean Dickson (Timothy) Feeney; grandchildren, Benjamin and Jana Larson, Claire and James Feeney; and sister Kay Gillespie.  Preceded in death by his stepson James Wakefield Dickson.

Dr. Underwager, a 1955 graduate of the Concordia Seminary, was an ordained pastor with the Missouri Synod Lutheran Church.  He served as pastor at Lynwood Lutheran Church (California), Zion Lutheran Church, St. Paul Lutheran Church (Iowa) and Grace Lutheran Church (Colorado).  He was assistant pastor at Christ Church Lutheran in Minneapolis from 1966 to 1976.  From 1980 to 1983, he was associate pastor at the Family of Christ Lutheran Church in Chanhassen.

Dr. Underwager received his Ph.D. in 1970 from the University of Minnesota.  He was a research scientist at Youth Research Center in Minneapolis from 1969 to 1972.  From 1972 to 1975, he was an associate professor at St. Olaf College in Northfield.  In 1974, Dr. Underwager founded the Institute for Psychological Therapies and served as its director with his wife Hollida Wakefield until the time of his death.  In 1989, Dr. Underwager was elected a Fellow with the American Psychological Society.  Over the years, Dr. Underwager consulted in over 1000 cases of sexual abuse of children as well as false accusations of sexual abuse.  As a licensed psychologist, Dr. Underwager and his wife published books and papers, and presented numerous seminars and workshops on sexual abuse allegations and related issues.

Visitation Tuesday, December 2, 2003, 4 to 8 PM at Bierman Funeral Home, 1316 Division St., Northfield.  Service Wednesday, December 2, 2003, 10 AM at United Methodist Church, Northfield.  Memorials to the James Wakefield Dickson Memorial Scholarship Fund or to the Heifer Project International.

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