Published in The Washington Post on June 2, 2013
VICTOR CHAMANDY, Ph.D. (Age 69) On May 30, 2013 at
Capital Caring Hospice in Arlington, VA after a 2½-year
struggle with pancreatic cancer.
Vic was born in Manila, Philippines on February 7, 1944 to
Claire and Tawfik Chamandy, originally from Syria. His birth
occured at the height WWII in the Pacific and the family's
house was burned down when Vic was an infant. The family
was able to emigrate to the U.S. when Vic was 5, first to Brooklyn, NY and then to
Washington, DC where Vic graduated from Western High School (1962) and George
Washington University where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Psi Chi, the
psychology honor society. He attended graduate school at the University of Wisconsin
and earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the Catholic University of America.
In 1970 Vic interned at St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, DC where he met his wife
of 38 years, Marjorie A. Harelick, M.D. He was a post-doctoral fellow at the Lafayette
Clinic in Detroit, Michigan, an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychology at Wayne State
University in Detroit, a staff psychologist at Northern Viginia Mental Health Institute in
Fairfax, VA and at Dominion Hospital in Falls Church, VA. Vic subsequently opened a
private practice of clinical psychology with offices in Annandale, VA and Manassas, VA
where he specialized in individual psychotherapy and psychological and
neuropsychological testing. He retired in 2010 for health reasons.
Opera and tennis were Vic's passions and he was an enthusiastic amateur potter, pottery
collector, and traveler.
In addition to his wife, Vic leaves a son, Alex Chamandy of Arlington; a sister, Toni
Khoury of Ft. Lee, NJ; a brother, Joe Chamandy of SIlver Spring, MD; as well as many
loving family members, friends and grateful patients.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 15 at 2 p.m. at the Unitarian
Universalist Church of Arlington, 4444 Arlington Blvd., Arlington, VA 22204.
Donations in Vic's honor may be made to pancan.org (Pancreatic Cancer Action
Network), an organization that funds research and provides information and support to
pancreatic cancer patients and their familes or to capitalcaring.org (Capital Caring), the
Northern Virginia hospice which provides comfort care to the terminally ill.