In Memoriam: Eric A. Errickson

Eric Andrew Errickson, 76, of Ocala, Florida, passed away on December 12, 2012. He was a SABR member since 2010.

Eric was born November 12, 1936 to Arthur and Dorothy (Mayden) Errickson in Independence, Kansas. He grew up in Kansas but later moved to Minnesota in 1963. He received his undergraduate degree at Baker University in Baldwin, Kansas, his Master’s Degree in Psychology from Pittsburg State University in Kansas, and eventually attained his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill in Therapeutic Recreation.

Eric worked at the Hastings State Hospital as the Director of Rehabilitation, and then worked as the Program Director for the Faribault Hospital. Later, he worked as a Research Associate in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota. Afterward, he took a job as the Director of the Behavior Analysis Program at Cambridge State Hospital before serving in private practice and eventually retiring to Florida in 1997.

Eric was an avid sports fan with a great affinity for golf. He participated in many golf tournaments and even played internationally. He also had a knack for playing cards, where he was well known for his blackjack skill and, most recently, duplicate bridge.

Eric may be best known for his lifelong musical gifts. He was a talented blues and folk singer/songwriter who performed regularly and recorded multiple albums.

Eric is survived by his loving wife, Vivian Errickson; his children Kurt (Cathlyn Garrett), St. Paul; Heidi (Jon) Errickson-Grahek, Centerville; Art (Kate) Errickson, St. Paul; four grandchildren; and his sister Sonja (Jerry) Franklin, Kansas City, KS.

He was preceded in death by his parents Dorothy and Arthur Errickson.

Memorial services will be held from 3-4 p.m. Wednesday, December 19, 2012, at the Miller Carlin Funeral Home. There will be a gathering time before the service from 2:30-3 p.m. and a celebration of life visitation held from 4-7 p.m. following the service.

We pass along our condolences to Eric’s friends and family.

Originally published: December 18, 2012. Last Updated: December 18, 2012.