Stephen Radley Close

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Stephen Radley Close

April 25, 1948 - July 18, 2018

Dr. Stephen Radley Close, devoted husband and loving father, passed away at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Treatment Center in New York City, NY, at the age of 70.
Stephen was born on April 25, 1948, in Joplin, MO, to Maxwell Otis Close and Roselyn Ruth (Radley) Close.
He married Nancy Catherine (Turvey) Close October 27, 1979, with whom he had three daughters, Sarah, Abbey, and Elizabeth. Stephen earned a B.S. in chemical engineering in 1970 from the University of Missouri at Rolla, an M.S. in psychology in 1974 from Oklahoma State University, and a Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 1978, also from OSU. His calm demeanor and analytical mind made him especially well suited to his career as a licensed clinical psychologist. He maintained a successful private practice focusing on the assessment of intellectual and emotional functioning and the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness, especially for children and adolescents, for over four decades, primarily in Enid and Stillwater.
Over the course of his career, Stephen held positions as the director of the Bethany Guidance Center and the director of the Adolescent Unit at Meadowlake Hospital in Enid. He was a consultant to the Oklahoma State Department of Public Health, the Central Oklahoma Medical Group, the Rehabilitation Unit at St. Mary's Hospital in Enid, St. Mary's Center for Rehabilitation, and Youth and Family Services. He was twice appointed by Oklahoma governors to the State Board of Examiners of Psychologists, serving as vice-chairperson from 1987-1989 and chairperson from 1999-2003. He also served as an expert witness for numerous local, state, and federal trials.
A talented trumpet player, Stephen loved jazz and owned an enormous music collection, which he spent hours listening to in the acoustically optimized living room that he designed himself. He drove small, sporty cars and appreciated good design and high quality in everything from computers to coffee makers. He was extremely proud of his three daughters, and nothing gave him more joy than being their father. He was lucky enough to have been married to the love of his life, Nancy, for 38 years, and those who were lucky enough to know him will certainly remember his encyclopedic knowledge, dry wit, infectious smile, and genuine kindness.
Stephen is survived by his wife, Nancy; daughters, Sarah, Abbey, and Elizabeth; mother, Roselyn; sister-in-law, Elaine Close Barnhill; and fourteen nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Maxwell, and his brother Lynn.
A memorial service will be held at Anderson-Burris Funeral Home, 3002 N. Van Buren St., Enid, OK, on at Saturday, August 11, at 11:00 AM.
In lieu of flowers, a Tribute Donation may be made in the name of Stephen R. Close to Music & Youth at, a national non-profit that creates accessible, sustainable, high quality music programs so every young person can experience the magic of music.
Published on July 28, 2018
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Gale Llewellyn Hobson
Aug 10, 2018
This is written as a tribute to a very special Psychologist, leader and friend, but mostly as a loving husband, Father, and kind human.
I share my precious memories with Nancy, Sarah, Abby and Elizabeth of the time I worked for and with Stephen as a young Psychologist and shared 'our girls'
when Nancy and I traded child care duties so that our children would be lovingly taken care of. That was so important to all of us. Prayers and love to each of you from Gale Llewellyn Hobson, Erin Starkey, and Jenni Boutz.
Gale Llewellyn Hobson
Aug 10, 2018
To Nancy, Sarah, Abbey, and Elizabeth. I share precious memories of Stephen during our Guidance Center days and sharing childcare duties with you Nancy for 'our girls'. I have such beautiful memories of a bright, loving, and charismatic leader, but mostly of a loving Father, husband, Psychologist, friend..
Love and prayers from Gale Llewellyn Hobson, Erin Starkey and Jenni Boutz..
Hope Dilling
Aug 09, 2018
I was saddened to hear of the loss of Steve. He was a top notch professional who positively impacted the lives of many. My sympathy to his family. I was fortunate to have known him.
John H.
Aug 03, 2018
Dr. Close got me through a very difficult 2017. His therapeutic support was lifesaving. His gentle prodding to get me to examine my sometimes dysfunctional and self-defeating cognitive habits was incredibly helpful and continues to be . My favorite comment he made during a visit was "anxiety convinces us that it is necessary for our survival". It was a privilege and blessing to have been a patient of Dr. Close.
Natalee Shepherd Sargent
Jul 28, 2018
So sorry for your loss. As a child I attended the same church as Stephen and remember him playing trumpet solos in church. He was a very talented young man. It was always a treat to hear him play. My memories of his talent has been with me all these years, as my oldest son also played trumpet in church. Prayers to his precious mother, wife and children.
Lydia Wideman
Jul 28, 2018
I really do not know what to say except that I considered him a dear friend. I remember the times I would go for a counseling session and we would "solve the problems of the world". Sometimes that was all I needed. I shall miss him.. Nancy, please call me if you need someone to talk to, I know you and the girls shall miss him very much. I know that Dr. Close no longer has cancer but has a ,healthly body and is with our Lord.
Linda Ellis-Neal
Jul 28, 2018
I am so sorry for your loss. I was one year below Stephen in high school in Carterville, but I was always impressed with the kind, intelligent and talented person that he was. I know it is a great loss. He will be remembered by many.
Judy Waken
Jul 28, 2018
So sorry for your loss. Steve was a very special man and I'm happy I had the opportunity to work with and know him. I will keep you all in my Prayers.
Ray Cordry
Jul 26, 2018
My greatest sympathy for family and the loss of a total class act and professional so glad I had the chance to work with him during our time
Amber McLaughlin Gill
Jul 25, 2018
It is with great sadness that this is written. Dr. Close was a special person and changed many people's lives. He will be missed.
Abbey Close
Jul 24, 2018