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Colemans establish scholarship in memory of therapist John B. Coleman

October 6, 2009
By cnp
Posted in Giving

Clarksville, Ark. --- Family members have established a scholarship at University of the Ozarks in memory of longtime family therapist John Barnes Coleman for students who are majoring in psychology and sociology and who want to work with children and families.

The John Barnes Coleman Memorial Scholarship was established by his son, Dr. Sean T. Coleman, associate professor of biology at the university; his daughter-in-law, Jennifer A. Coleman; and his widow, Cheryl A. Coleman.

John Coleman worked as a therapist for many years in Rochester, Minn., for various clinics, including Omnia Family Services, Loth Lorien LLC and the Sheriff’s Youth Program, before moving to Russellville, Ark., to be closer to his son and granddaughters. In Russellville he worked as a family therapist with Counseling Associates and with Community Services, Inc. He was also a member of Central Presbyterian Church, where he served as an elder. He passed away on Sept. 2, 2009, at the age of 60.

"Serving and helping children and their families was my father’s passion," said his son, Sean Coleman. "I think this scholarship is the best way to help the next generation of people who want to follow in his footsteps."  

The John Barnes Coleman Memorial Scholarship will go to students at U of O who are majoring in psychology or sociology and who intend to work with families and/or children in their careers following college.

Anyone interested in contributing to the scholarship can contact the University of the Ozarks’ Advancement Office at 479-979-1230 or via e-mail at