Her fathers leftist views inspired her, said her daughter. She recalled that her mother once threw a cup of coffee in the face of a diner owner who refused to serve the familys black housekeeper at the same table as the Tanners.
She really educated us about human rights, Lauri Tanner said of herself and her sister, Sally Tanner, of Kendall.
In addition to her doctorate, Tanner, who served on the UM faculty from 1968-1989, held degrees from UM, Ohio State University and Barry University, where she later taught.
She trained at the Indiana Universitys famous Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction, and at the Masters and Johnson Institute in St. Louis.
A frequent television and radio talk-show guest on everything from geriatric sex to child abuse, Tanner had a busy private practice treating transsexuals, fetishists, depressives, and uptight married couples.
Her CV notes that her largely Anglo practice included Hispanic and black clients, as well as those with a low socio-economic status. There has also been a sprinkling of Arabs, Egyptians and European clients over the years.
An international speaker and expert witness, she testified for the defense in a sensational 1981 obscenity trial involving Spanish-language versions of the porn classics Deep Throat and Debbie Does Dallas.
She told the jury, which ultimately deadlocked, that she found the films humorous...I think its healthy for a couple to go see these films. They can talk about what they saw, they can laugh together...This enhances sexual communication, expands a couples repertoire, and reduces performance anxiety.
Among her publications: Too Many Voices: A Healing Relationship Llumina Press, 2004) , with Caryle Hirshberg and Linda Cline, R.N., a sometimes suicidal, self-mutilating patient with multiple-personality disorder stemming from childhood sexual abuse.
Libby helped us all, children and adults, inside and out, Cline wrote in a forward, speaking for the many personalities eventually integrated into one. She more than helped us; she loved us, protected us, cherished us.
Cline now lives and works in Colorado.
In her afterword, Tanner wrote: This was the most exciting, painful and exhilarating therapy journey I ever took...I became less pragmatic, less linear, and more able to trust my intuition.
Raised in an observant Jewish home, Tanner evolved to accept the universal spirit that unites us all, her daughter said. She requested cremation.
A memorial service to celebrate Libby Tanners life will be held at 1
The family suggests memorial donations to three of her favorite charities: Doctors Without Borders, www.doctorswithoutborders.org/donate/tribute.cfm; the Rosenberg Fund for Children:http://www.rfc.org/tributegifts; Womens Emergency Network, http://wenmiami.org/how-you-can-help-2.
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