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Robert Edward Hemfelt

October 18, 1948 - February 12, 2021

Robert Edward Hemfelt of Dallas, Texas passed away February 12, 2021 at the age of 72.  He was born on October 18, 1948 to Robert Howard Hemfelt and Ivas Bergstrom Hemfelt in Dallas.  He earned Master’s and Doctorate degrees in counseling and psychology from the University of Houston.

Dr. Hemfelt was a Licensed Psychologist and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who worked with adults and adolescents on marriage, family, and relationship issues. Robert began his career as an alcoholism intervention specialist for a Fortune 500 corporation. He then served as supervisor of therapeutic services for the Substance Abuse Study Clinic of the Texas Research Institute of Mental Sciences. Robert was also a Professor of Psychology for the University of Phoenix, Dallas Main Campus, and a member of the adjunct faculty of the Art Institute of Dallas. He was a recipient of the Gold Medallion Publishers Award and co-author of multiple best-selling books (many translated into numerous foreign languages), including: Love is a Choice, Love Hunger, Passages of Marriage and the Serenity New Testament and Psalms. Robert worked in his own private practice in Dallas for many years and then joined Lifeworks Counseling Center in Carrollton.

Robert had a passion for presenting seminars and workshops at major churches throughout the nation. He delivered presentations that took a unique interpretation of Biblical stories and beliefs, such as, a series he presented exploring the “femininity” of God.   He was involved in numerous organizations including the CG Jung Society of North Texas, The Psychology Network, and Wellness & Writing Connections. He appeared on national radio and television programs including CNN, TBS, CBN, the 700 Club and the Phil Donahue Show. In addition to addressing relationship issues, Dr. Hemfelt had expertise in the treatment of addictions and compulsivity disorders ranging from eating disorders to alcoholism and substance abuse. Robert truly loved his work and never even considered retirement.

Robert was without question the Moody Blues band’s biggest fan and attended every Moody Blues concert he could in recent years.

Robert has been described by others as gentle, kind, intelligent, loving, and much more. He helped many people both professionally and personally. He lives on in the hearts of those he touched. Robert is survived by his three children, Katy Hemfelt James, Hayden Kristin Hemfelt, and Robert Gray Hemfelt. He was the proud grandfather to three granddaughters whom he adored.

In support of our local, state, and federal govt including CDC directives and to protect the physical health, safety and well-being of our community, only a limited number of guests will be allowed to attend the Memorial Service.

A memorial service will be held at 10:00 a.m., Friday, February 26, 2021 at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Chapel, 2525 Central Expressway North, Allen, Texas 75013.  The service will also be live streamed at TJMfuneral.com on Robert’s obituary page by clicking on the following link: https://celebrationoflife.tv/blog/robert-edward-hemfelt. After the service, the recorded live stream will be available for viewing at the same link location.  Those who knew Robert and would like to attend the service are welcome. 

However, when the maximum number of guests are reached, those who would like to honor Robert and show their support to his family may remain at the funeral home in your vehicle, where you can watch the live streamed service on your personal device (laptop, tablet or smartphone) or listen through a designated FM radio channel.




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Dr. Hemfelt touched my life, and of many others I’m sure, in a way very few have. An exemplary gentleman and professional, his compassion and expertise stood out in every single interaction, always. My heartfelt condolences to his loved ones. Bhaskar Sarkar, February 26, 2021 Robert was one of a kind. I had the pleasure of working with him during my tenure at LifeWorks. He touched my life both personally and professionally. Beverly Anderson, February 25, 2021 Robert was one of a kind. i worked with him at Lifeworks Counseling Center. I remember coming in to the office early in the mornings and Robert would already be there with the Moody Blues blaring from his office. He would always greet you with a smile. He was incredibly humble. He would receive cards, letters and phone calls from people all over the world, wanting to thank him for his book which they said changed their lives. When I would would give him the message, he would almost seem embarrassed by the attention. He loved to have fresh flowers in his office. Every week, he would bring a bouquet and ask me if I wouldn't mind arranging them in his crystal vase. I would do it and put them in his office and he would never forget to compliment me on what a nice job I did. He was kind and generous to everyone he knew. He cared about his clients, and he worked tirelessly on their behave to help them. He was an incredibly private person, however, one thing we all knew was that he was very proud of his children and grandchildren. I'm so glad I got to know you Robert. Rest well my friend. Sherry Blake, February 21, 2021 Our deepest condolences for the passing of a kind and gentle man. Robert was always a patient listener who clearly had a gift for helping others overcome their challenges. He was also always a reliable participant in engaging intellectual discourse. He will be deeply missed and remembered fondly for the myriad ways he helped our family. Ken and Kendall Burks, February 21, 2021 My life was significantly enriched by knowing and working with Robert. He was such a dedicated professional and was extremely invested in the lives of those patients/clients who came to see him for clinical intervention and therapy. Always dressed very professionally, Robert was a fountain of knowledge and expertise in his field. Simply put, he was a giant -- a caring and loving psychologist, a valued colleague to those whom he worked with, and a genuine and devoted friend. I will certainly miss his warm and enchanting personality and his ever-present smile. He certainly touched my heart and life. Dr. Deb Wade, February 21, 2021 Dr Hemfelt was a fine man who touched many lives. He has been a good and faithful servant and now deserves eternal rest. May the angels that were sent to escort him to the Heavenly place, return to comfort his family, friends and colleagues, during their time of bereavement. Melody Rockwell, February 20, 2021 I was Robert's neighbor at Lifeworks. Our offices were side by side. I'm going to miss Robert's lovely ways and kind words. He was a true gentleman and excellent at his profession. He was loved by many and will be missed by all of us! Carolyn Smith Moorman, February 19, 2021 Robert had a kind soul and my father, Helmut, was always glad to see him and visit with him while my father was still alive. We always enjoyed Robert’s company at family gatherings. His compassionate, easy going nature brightened every situation and his presence here will be sorely missed. My deep condolences to all his family! Angelika Shore, February 18, 2021 I didn't know you, but your son was a great friend- so you must have been a great man, too. Sam Davis, II, February 18, 2021