Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Arthur Machir 'Mac' SaddorisCareer Counselor

Arthur Machir "Mac" Saddoris, 69, a onetime United Methodist minister who became a career counselor at the State Department, died Oct. 6 of ventricular afibrillation at his home in Alexandria.

Since 2002, Mr. Saddoris had been a senior career counselor and executive coach with the State Department's Career Development Resource Center. His seminars were popular among employees and were broadcast on the department's internal television network. He conducted an estimated 3,000 individual coaching and counseling sessions in the past five years.

In a January 2006 article in a State Department magazine, Mr. Saddoris described the goal of his work: "When you finally reach that expert level and everyone knows that you are good, but that rush can soon turn to despair if you begin losing interest and letting your performance slip. . . . No matter where you are in the life cycle, a professional career counselor can help you rekindle and refuel that spark of energy and enthusiasm you need to find satisfaction and be successful in your work."

Mr. Saddoris was born in Hominy, Okla., and graduated from the University of Oklahoma. He received a master's degree in theology from Southern Methodist University in Dallas in 1963 and became an ordained minister.

After two years as pastor of a church in rural Oklahoma, Mr. Saddoris asked his denomination for the chance to work with young people. He was assigned to Pennsylvania State University as campus director of the United Methodist outreach program and was chaplain to the athletic department for 11 years.

In 1975, he came to the University of Maryland, where he spent 16 years as a career counselor. He received a master's degree in counseling from Penn State in 1975 and a third master's degree, in human development and counseling, from the University of Maryland in 1991.

From 1991 to 2002, he was a career counselor and consultant at the Education Department, the Labor Department, the Goddard Space Flight Center and other federal agencies and corporations.

Mr. Saddoris cared for his wife, Edith Gray Saddoris, before her death from multiple sclerosis in 1992. They had been foster parents of several disadvantaged children.

Survivors include a sister.

-- Matt Schudel

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