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In Memory of

Maria Devens

September 16, 1966 - April 10, 2013

Obituary


Maria Devens, beloved UIC Faculty, lived with great passion, empathy, and insight. Highly valued by our faculty, staff, and trainees, Dr. Devens was an exceptional behavioral scientist, a gifted clinical psychologist, and a supportive friend and ally. Dr. Devens was invaluable in the family medicine residency and in medical education. In her typical energetic fashion, Dr. Devens dedicated herself to improving relationships between doctors and patients through her work in the American Balint Society. She strove to create more robust support networks for physicians and encouraged more mindfulness in our workplace.

Dr. Devens' favorite...

Maria Devens, beloved UIC Faculty, lived with great passion, empathy, and insight. Highly valued by our faculty, staff, and trainees, Dr. Devens was an exceptional behavioral scientist, a gifted clinical psychologist, and a supportive friend and ally. Dr. Devens was invaluable in the family medicine residency and in medical education. In her typical energetic fashion, Dr. Devens dedicated herself to improving relationships between doctors and patients through her work in the American Balint Society. She strove to create more robust support networks for physicians and encouraged more mindfulness in our workplace.

Dr. Devens' favorite words were "joy" and "grace." She sought joy and grace in all things and she brought them to many people. Dr. Devens lived a life of balance and helped us notice the beauty we might take for granted - whether it be a favorite color (purple was her choice), music (Baroque, and her beloved '80s), or a delicious, homemade dessert with a strong cup of tea.

Even in the depths of her illness, Dr. Devens remained steadfastly herself: thoughtful and generous. She assisted her colleagues, residents and students and took on new endeavors. Always the professional, she selflessly helped others even during her times of greatest need, and often reminded us to "embrace change" and appreciate what is good.