Mourning the Loss of a Leader

Dr. Lloyd James Hedstrom

Dr. Lloyd James “Jim” Hedstrom (’51, MA ’54), lifelong supporter of Pepperdine, sadly passed away in June. Hedstrom served GSEP in a variety of roles over 20 years, including associate dean of psychology, founder and codirector of the doctor of psychology program, interim dean of GSEP, and chairperson of the Psychology Division. He also chaired several Pepperdine committees including Dean Candidate Review, Tenure, Rank and Promotion, and WASC Evaluation; held the presidency and vice presidency of the Los Angeles Faculty Organization; participated widely in psychological associations, frequently spoke at symposia, enjoyed a successful clinical practice, and published numerous papers, articles, and book reviews. He also assisted doctoral students with their dissertations, which he found especially rewarding.

Hedstrom graduated from George Pepperdine College with his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in psychology. He earned his doctorate in clinical psychology with an emphasis in child and physiological psychology (‘66) from the University of California, Los Angeles before returning to Pepperdine to teach. Pepperdine honored him as an Emeritus Professor in 1997 and a Distinguished Alumnus in 2006.

Hedstrom is survived by his wife, Betty Jean “Peggy” Hedstrom (MA ’87), who graduated from the master of arts in counseling psychology at GSEP and worked at the University from 1982 to 1995. His daughter, Melissa Donnelly (’78), graduated with a bachelor of arts in communications from Seaver College. His other daughter, Dr. Amy Matheson (’85, MA ’88, PsyD ’97), is also a Pepperdine alumna, having graduated from Seaver with a bachelor’s in industrial/organizational psychology, and GSEP’s master’s and doctoral programs in psychology.

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