David Chedekel

David Chedekel

Thursday, November 18th, 1937 - Sunday, September 6th, 2020
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Dr. David S. Chedekel passed away in the early morning hours of September 6, 2020. He was born in MA on November 18, 1937, the eldest child of Louis and Gertrude (Falick) Chedekel. David graduated from Chauncey Hall (Boston, MA) in 1956. David earned three degrees in psychology from Boston University (BA 1957, M.Ed. 1961 and Ed.D. 1971). David was an active participant in the fields of child psychology and mental health care.
His passion for his profession especially when it related to burn victims and children’s mental health, eating disorders and suicide served him to co-author many books and professional articles. During his professional career, David was a contributor to numerous mental health activities. In 2002, he co­ authored the book "The Blended Family" with Dr. Karen O'Connell. As a result of the book's publication, David was interviewed on the Today Show.
He was a participant in the founding of Landmark School, Beverly known for treating children with language-based learning disabilities where he served as Director of Psychology along with assuming the role of Director while the school was going through a period of transition.
Prior to his retirement, he served as chief psychologist at the Shriners Hospital for children for 45 years, was an assistant clinical professor of psychology at Harvard Medical School for 25 years, founder and director of General Psychological Associates (Andover, MA) for 30 years along with numerous hospital affiliations. He was a member of numerous professional societies having to do with child psychology and burned victims.
His sense of humor was greatly appreciated by others and he was the person you could always rely on to be the icebreaker in resolving difficult situations.
He passed as the result of diabetes which he fought for many years. He never allowed the illness to interfere with the many aspects of his multi-faceted life. He will be missed and his joy of life will remain with us.
He was particularly proud of his four grandchildren and their numerous accomplishments.
David is survived by his devoted wife of 61 years, Donna (Finkelstein) Chedekel; son, Gary (Joanne Lewis) Chedekel; daughter, Karyn (Stephen) Malinconico; grandchildren Michael and Jessica Malinconico, Ilissa and Alison Chedekel, brother, Leslie & Isabelle Chedekel; and Elise & Harvey Levine
Due to current Covid-19 restrictions, graveside services and memorial week will be private. In lieu of
flowers, expressions of sympathy in his memory may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children 51
Blossom St. Boston, MA 02114.
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    Beth El of Lowell Cemetery
    40 Waverly Avenue
    CHELMSFORD, MA 01824
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Courtney Vareschi

Posted at 04:55pm
David hired me at GPA in 2006. I recall him making me feel immediately at ease during my interview. I am enormously grateful that he had confidence in my clinical skills when I struggled with feelings of inadequacy. He gave me a complicated case and told me that he chose me because he knew that I could handle it. His steady confidence was reassuring. David was always available for a case consultation, allowing me to feel supported. When I decided to leave GPA to start my own private practice, I worried that he would be angry or disappointed. Instead, he congratulated me and wished me well. I only worked with him for a few years, but have great respect for his clinical skills, his leadership style and his humanity. I have no doubt that his earthly presence was a positive contribution to all he encountered. May his goodness be carried on by others for years to come. Sincere condolences to his loved ones.

Bev Anderson

Posted at 08:49pm
Bev Anderson

I met David in 1992, when he interviewed me for the psycho pharm position at General Psychological Associates; being one of the first PCNS/NP in Massachusetts to prescribe. Both he and Donna welcomed me and made me feel very special. I often remember David walking down the corridor with a smile and a twinkle in his eye, always having a kind and an encouraging word. We shared many cases and he was always available to discuss and help in resolving a problem. He was a gentleman and will be truly missed. My condolences to Donna and her family. Donna, if I can be of any assistance, please don't hesitate to call me.

Mark Ternullo

Posted at 05:36pm
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Mark J Ternullo

Posted at 05:29pm
Mark Ternullo

David was one of the warmest, most delightful people I've known. I was very fortunate that he chose me to join General Psychological Associates in 2012. He made my transition to the center very easy, looking out for me as I got to know the group. He always made himself available if I had a question or concern. Over time he spoke about his own history as a psychologist in the Boston area. My favorite times with David was when we had the time to sit in my office and discuss the arts. He was especially fond of film and our talks would be lovely. I will miss him very much, but I am happy to have such wonderful memories.

Becky Pine

Posted at 08:59pm
I was so sorry to see David's obituary in the Boston Globe. I worked with David at General Psychological for about 15 years, first in the old house at 68 Park Street and then at Dundee Park. David was kind, warm, and friendly to everyone, and I'm sure he made a difference in the lives of the many children and families he worked with, both at Shriners and at GPA. I am glad that I got to know both him and Donna. I send my condolences to Donna and the rest of David's family, and hope that the note I sent to Donna, to the last address I had (Hawkins Pond Lane) will reach her wherever she is now. Becky Pine

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