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Dr. Teal Donabella- Pedlow

December 8, 1964 October 15, 2018
Dr. Teal Donabella- Pedlow
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Dr. Teal Donabella-Pedlow passed away on October 15th, 2018 by taking her life after a courageous, long and hard-fought battle with depression. She is survived by her wife of 20 years, Dr. Marie Donabella-Pedlow; their daughter, Grace Donabella-Pedlow; her father and step-mother, John and Joyce Pedlow; her mother, Evelyn Kepler; sister, Megg (Iain Davidson); brothers, John ( Leia), Blaine (Kari Sachs),and Wes; brother-in-law, Marc (Camille) Donabella; extended family Leigh Scott and Jo Dawson; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.
Teal was born December 8th, 1964 in Richmond, VA, and lived most of her life in San Diego, CA. She received her BS at UC San Diego, her MS at San Diego State University, her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Syracuse University and a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Brown University. Teal was an Associate Professor of Psychology at UMass Dartmouth. During her tenure, she was awarded the Center for Women, Gender & Sexuality Outstanding Woman Award.
Teal loved to spend time with family, friends, and her beloved pets. Her greatest joy was being a mom (and learning to be a “Dance Mom”). She loved to swim, ice skate, bake, watch Grace dance, and assemble jigsaw puzzles. She was passionate about teaching, and cared deeply about her students and colleagues. She had a compassionate spirit, extraordinary sense of humor, and an infectious laugh. The ocean brought her much peace and happiness. She loved to listen to all types of music, and was an avid fan of Pearl Jam, Elton John, Kenny Chesney, and the Beach Boys.
She will forever be in our hearts and profoundly missed.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday 10/20 at 1pm at Redwood Chapel, Swan Point Cemetery (585 Blackstone Blvd, Providence RI). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dr. Teal Pedlow Memorial Scholarship Fund (
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