Dolores May Krajesek Little Pink, Ph.D. | obituary

Dolores Mae Krajicek was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on February 19, 1932.

Her mother was Mary Ann (née Steinho), her father was Charles Krajicek, and her younger sister was Kathleen Rhea. Dolores attended Catholic Elementary School, then Southern High School in Omaha, and received scholarships to complete her BA at Duchesne College in Omaha. She married John Little who was serving in the US Air Force, who completed military service, and completed his studies at the University of Kentucky. There, Dolores earned a master’s degree in psychology, including an internship at Lexington Virginia Medical Center, where she studied rehabilitation at the University of Kentucky School of Medicine with Ernest Jockle, MD. While John Little went on to earn his Ph.D. in biology at Texas A&M University, Dolores raised four children – Judith Little, John Little, George Little, and Thomas Little. But, Dolores’ life changed drastically, when her husband died unexpectedly of heart disease in 1970 when he started working for NASA.

Dolores was among the first women to begin training at Texas A&M University, graduating with a Ph.D. in 1973, specializing in career counseling for women, beginning to accept women at Texas A&M University. Experiences like this—psychology, rehabilitation, and adding career development for women—marked Dolores’ life, as she joined the Veterans Affairs Department of Veterans Affairs, as women increasingly sought jobs to serve veterans leaving the U.S. military.

Beginning in 1974, after a year teaching psychology at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Dolores was the first woman to serve as an assistant faculty chair at Dallas Medical Center, where she oversaw the training of nurses and physicians from Southwestern Medical. Instructor at the University of Texas Health Science Center, Dallas, Texas.

By 1980, the Department of Veterans Affairs selected Dolores to train in the Assistant Director Medical Center program, serving at Audie Murphy VA Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas. She then worked as the Assistant Director of the VA Medical Centers Medical Center in Big Spring, Texas (1982-1984); Edith Nurse Rogers Memorial Virginia Hospital in Bedford, Massachusetts (1984-1988); Providence Virginia, Rhode Island (1988-1991) and Loma Linda Virginia in Loma Linda, California. She completed her career in Virginia, in Boston, and retired in 1997, focusing on career development for women in the Veterans Administration.

Dr. Little’s area of ​​specialization has included the design and development of health care systems to provide trauma-related services through psychosocial rehabilitation for recovery veterans, training for physicians and nurses, and accompanying medical care educational interventions. Specializing in preparing the first woman to enter Texas A&M, Dolores led the VA department to develop resources for veterans, as more women began serving in the U.S. Army and moved on to work as veterans.

Dr. Little married Walter Pink, MD, in 1985, a psychiatrist who specializes in diagnosing and treating post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). And the,

While Dr. Little and Dr. Pink have always worked at various medical centers in Virginia, they have been able to conduct studies on PTSD, write scientific articles, as well as books and chapters on psychosocial rehabilitation. After his retirement, Dr. Little and Dr. Pink moved to New Braunfels, Texas in 2004 and continued to provide counseling in the field of psychosocial rehabilitation, under contract with the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs, as well as affiliation with Texas A&M School of Medicine. . Examples of collaborations by Dr. Little and Dr. Pink are included in Ainspan & Penk (2008), The Return of Wounded, Wounded, and Diseased Wars (Praeger); Einspan & Bank (2012) When the Warrior Returns (Nautical Institute Press); Ainspan, Bryan & Penk (2016) Handbook of Psychosocial Rehabilitation for Veterans and Service Members (Oxford University Press); and Moore & Penk 2nd Edition (2018) Treating PTSD Among Military Personnel (Guilford Press). An ongoing theme in Little-Penk Studies has involved the rehabilitation of US military and US veterans as they constantly face new problems to solve as they mature through their lifespan, facing new challenges, as we all grow and mature.

Dr. Little completed 90 years of work that began in 1932 in Omaha and ended in New Braunfels on September 23, 2022. She was delighted with all the accomplishments of her children (three Ages, Judith, John, and George, and an undergraduate at Rice, Thomas) and grandchildren, Babbitt , Rochelle, and Matthew, as everyone pursues their careers, teach Dolores’ youngest granddaughter, Marie – in the spirit of what Vienna neuroanatomist Sigmund Freud inspired us all in 1921 “No other technique links one’s life behavior so much to reality as focusing on Work, because work at least gives the individual a safe place in a part of reality in human society.”

There will be a visit from 5:00 pm until the vigil will be held at 6:30 pm followed by the shift at 7:00 pm on Monday 3 October 2022 at the Doeppenschmidt Funeral Home in New Braunfels.

Mass will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, October 4, 2022, at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in New Braunfels, Texas. The grave will be followed by a procession to St. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery #1, the shrine’s western walkway at SPP #1 by the new Braunfels Public Library.

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