Sheldon K. Edelman
Sheldon K. Edelman took his final bow on this stage on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, at age 85.
Sheldon was born May 26, 1931, in Chicago, the only child of Rose and Dave Edelman, and raised in a large extended family. He obtained a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Biology at University of Illinois in 1952, and a Masters in Clinical Psychology at Roosevelt University in 1956, where he met and fell in love with Charlotte, who he married in 1954.
It was during his service in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri, that he discovered his vocation, and went on to become a Clinical Psychologist by receiving his doctorate from Purdue University in 1960. Sheldon embarked on an academic career with faculty positions at Iowa State University, the University of Missouri, and then Kansas State University from 1967 to 1974. A much loved teacher and counselor here, Shel promoted innovations in learning, supporting the early development of University for Man and Intersession, and championed civil rights.
Dr. Edelman left the university to become clinical director of the Ft. Riley Alcohol & Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Program, a position he held until 1980 when, with wife Charlotte, he established a private practice, Edelman Associates. They retired from the Fourth Street office, but Shel reopened an office in the same building, at the age of 82, in 2013. He also provided psychological services at the Konza Prairie Community Health Clinic in Junction City from 2008. Both practices continued until his recent illness. Dr. Edelman was a member of the Alliance of Independent Mental Health Practitioners, and had acted as a consultant to the Riley County Police Department, Kansas Social and Rehabilitation Services, Kansas Chamber of Commerce, St. John’s Hospital in Salina, the Institute for the Study of Health and Society in Washington, D.C., and others. He was frequently called as an expert witness in area court cases, particularly regarding the protection of children, and was a member of the American Board of Forensic Examiners.
Shel loved the theatre and was frequently seen on stage at the Manhattan Arts Center and Wamego’s Columbian Theater, appearing in over 40 plays and directing 7. Notable roles include Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof, Big Daddy in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Sir Thomas More in A Man For All Seasons, Grandpa in Broadway Bound, Kris Kringle in Here’s Love, and Clarence the Angel in It’s a Wonderful Life. Also a playwright, his work has been produced at the MAC and in a prize-winning turn at a talent show at Meadowlark Hills, where he resided from December 2015. He served on the MAC board from 2012 until his death, and is a President Emeritus of the Manhattan Jewish Congregation, having held numerous leadership roles over the years. Shel joined Char in supporting the Crisis Center, particularly when their premises were destroyed by fire.
Sheldon is predeceased by his wife Charlotte (2008), and survived by his three daughters, Miriam Edelman, Leah Edelman (and wife Sharon Meyers), and Deborah Edelman-Dolan (and husband Leif Dolan), and by four grandchildren: Sarah Edelman-Dolan, Jacob Edelman-Dolan, Max Meyers, and Sam Meyers.
Services will be held at 6:00pm on Thursday, November 17, at the Manhattan Jewish Congregation, 1509 Wreath Avenue, Manhattan, with a reception following at approximately 7:30 pm at the Meadowlark Hills community room, 2121 Meadowlark Road, Manhattan.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to Sheldon’s designated charities: the Manhattan Arts Center, Manhattan Jewish Congregation, the Crisis Center, Sunset Zoo (in honour of his late wife), and Meadowlark Hills. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home, 1616 Poyntz Avenue, Manhattan, Kansas 66502
Online condolences may be left for the family through the funeral home website at www.ymlfuneralhome.com