Dr. John Yuille
December 1, 1941 – July 23, 2017
Dr. John Yuille found freedom from his 19-month journey with cancer, just after midnight, on Sunday, July 23. His wife of 36 years, Dr. Judith Daylen, was with him as he passed on. He died with no fear, no regrets, and no unfinished business.
Dr. Yuille leaves behind a professional legacy that has influenced many mental health and legal professionals worldwide. As a professor at UBC for 35 years, Dr. Yuille taught his students to think critically and logically, to base their opinions on empirical evidence, and to behave ethically and pragmatically. Thanks to his influence, Dr. Yuille’s former students (and colleagues) are regarded as some of the top academic and clinical professionals in the field of Forensic Psychology in Canada. Committed to fairness and justice for victims of crime, especially vulnerable victims, Dr. Yuille dedicated much of his career to testifying as an expert witness in challenging cases involving the abuse of children. He developed the StepWise interview protocol, which opened the door for the voices of child victims to be heard in courts throughout Canada, the United States, and Europe. He loved his work and his work has helped children, families, and legal systems alike.
On a more personal level, Dr. Yuille was a complex, brilliant, kind, opinionated, strongminded, fearless, and generous individual. He could always be counted on to remain calm and decisive in a crisis. He was devoted to his wife. He was a gifted singer, guitar player, and incredible chef. He loved his stepchildren, his stepgrandchildren, his dogs, his friends, and his home on Saltspring Island and he was loved in return — a well-lived life.
In memory of Dr. Yuille, please consider giving a donation in his name to a Child Advocacy Centre in your area.