Dr. Paul W. Penningroth
22BSC

Service 1965

Born in Tipton, Dr. Paul W. Penningroth, 22BSC, received the MA degree from the Union Theological Seminary following his SUI graduation, and earned the PhD at Columbia University. He taught at various institutions including the Turkish Lycee at Adana, Turkey, and American University, Beirut, Lebanon, until 1948 when he engaged in private practice as consulting psychologist in St. Petersburg, Fla. He served various Florida public agencies as a clinical psychologist, and in 1954 was appointed director of the Bureau of Mental Health for the Florida State Board of Public Health. He assumed his present position as associate director of Mental Health Programs for the South Regional Education Board in 1957. Said his Distinguished Service citation: "Organizer and director for a decade of the first child guidance clinic in the State of Florida, proponent and developer of more effective programs to meet the distinctive problems of mental health in rural communities of the South, leader in the causes of region-wide research and more effective training for the emotionally disturbed, he is a practical psychologist on the front lines of his profession." He and his wife, Persis Carney Penningroth, '24BA, reside n Atlanta, Ga. They have two daughters and a son, all of whom are graduates of SUI.