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Faye Girsh has led the Hemlock Society of San Diego for over 37 years. Faye received her doctorate in Human Development from Harvard University. She was Associate Professor and Chair of the Psychology Department at Morehouse College for nine years. From 1974-78 she was a Research Associate at the University of Chicago and also taught at Roosevelt and Northwestern Universities. For 18 years she practiced as a clinical and forensic psychologist in San Diego. She has lectured extensively in the U.S. and abroad and appeared in numerous radio and TV shows.

  • President of the Hemlock Society USA, Denver 1996 to 2004, following its founder, Derek Humphry.
  • 1987 she began the Hemlock Society of San Diego and was president from 1987 to 1996 and again from 2006 to 2019.
  • Initiated the Caring Friends program, which has become the Final Exit Network, where she serves on the Advisory Board.
  • Board of ERGO (Euthanasia Research and Guidance Organization)
  • Board member and Newsletter Editor for the World Federation of Right to Die Societies and is Past President.
  • Awarded Hemlock’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003
  • Earned Marilyn Sequinn award from the World Federation of Right to Die Societies 2016

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