Harry Gilmore Padgett, ED.D.



Dr. Richard D. Howe, “Harry Gilmore Padgett, ED.D.,” Appalachian State University Libraries Digital Collections, accessed April 22, 2024, https://omeka.library.appstate.edu/items/show/48085.

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Harry Gilmore Padgett, ED.D.


Appalachian State University
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Dr. Richard D. Howe




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Boone (N.C.)

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Professor Emeritus

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Professor Emeritus of Human Development and Psychological Counseling Harry G. Padgett (December 22, 1931-) earned his A.A. degree in liberal arts at North Greenville Junior College, Greenville, South Carolina (1951), his B.A. degree in history and Greek at Furman University in Greenville (1953), and his B.D. and Th.M. degrees in theology and Greek at Southeastern Seminary, Wake Forest, North Carolina (1956, 1960). Padgett attended the University of Georgia, Athens, in the 1963-64 academic year and earned his M.A. degree in counseling from the university. Padgett's teaching career began at North Greenville Junior College, where he was a lab instructor in biology (1950-51). He taught history, English, and biology in the Jefferson public schools (1956-58), and taught New Testament for the Seminary Extension Center (1960-61). Padgett was an English, history, and band teacher, as well as a counselor, at the Buford Consolidated School (1960-63). Padgett then substituted in the Lancaster city schools, teaching English, history, science, and band (1964-65). In 1965, Padgett returned to the University of Georgia, where he taught introductory education courses for two years while working on his doctorate. He completed his Ed.D. degree in 1967 and came to Appalachian State University to teach as a professor in the Department of Psychology-a position he held for twenty-five years. During his years at Appalachian, he taught one summer (1970) at the University of New Brunswick; he taught at North Carolina Central University, Durham, in the summer of 1975, and he also taught one summer at Winthrop University, Rock Hill, South Carolina. Dr. Padgett's publications include: • "Discovery in Zurich: The Miraculous Power of the Name." The Light Quest Magazine 1.3: 13-15. • "Is Forgiveness An Act of Love?" The Light Quest Magazine 1.4: 6-7. (With M. K. Alexander.) • "Reflections on Tension." Heartbeat 5.1: 7-8. • "The Masochistic Personality." Impact (1973) (Bulletin of North Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation). • Onomatic Awareness. Boone: The Agape-Onoma Press, 1980. Dr. Padgett is now at work on a second edition of Onomatic Awareness and is researching typology, variable marriage schedules, interpretations of the thermatic apperception test, and a checklist of mental assessment. A popular speaker, Padgett includes such topics as dream interpretation, seizure disorders, Jungian psychology, self-concept theory, fairy tales, myths, and onomatic awareness in his lectures. Of his many contributions to Appalachian State University, Padgett is proudest of his emphasis on self-concept development and interpretation of the Tennessee Self-Concept Scale, his development of the Onomatic Awareness Human Relationship Model, his introduction of analytical psychology, and his establishment of, and an emphasis on, the scholarship fund for counseling students. He also served as consulting psychologist for the North Carolina Vocational Rehabilitation Agency, the Disability Determination Services of the Social Security Administration, and other state and federal agencies. Padgett's professional memberships include the American Psychological Association, the North Carolina Psychological Association, the American Rehabilitation Counseling Association, and the North Carolina Rehabilitation Association. Dr. Padgett received his appointment to emeritus status March 20, 1992. He is the founder and staff psychologist of the Agape Onoma Psychological Center, Inc., with offices in Boone, Wilkesboro, Statesville, and Winston-Salem (North Carolina). Padgett chartered the agency in 1975 to encourage the development of self-esteem and understanding of the nature and expression of love. Padgett and his wife, Melvrene, have three children: Harry II, Melva, and John. Sources: Appalachian State University files and personal correspondence. -Dr. Richard D. Howe

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