Dr. Jerry L. Long, Jr.
began his affiliation with logotherapy in 1978 as
a college freshman reading Man's Search for Meaning. At that time he
was recovering from an accident which left him paralyzed from the chest
down. After writing Viktor Frankl a letter, they soon became friends and,
eventually, colleagues. Frankl frequently spoke of Jerry Long's life as
"a living testimony to logotherapy lived and the defiant power of the
Jerry Long continued his formal education and earned his Doctorate in
Clinical Psychology in 1990. He was the recipient of numerous awards and
honors including the Michael Whiddon Award, Honorary Member of the
Austrian Medical Society for Psychotherapy, the Viktor Frankl International
Institute of Logotherapy "Medallion of Responsibility", several university
teaching excellence awards and, in 1993, was recognized on a national scale
in the United States as he was named "Teacher of the Year" by The National
Institute of Staff and Organizational Development. In 2001 Jerry Long
received the "Viktor Frankl Award of the City of Vienna."
He was an active national and international public speaker, practicing
clinician and frequent presenter at international World Congresses of
Logotherapy. In the last years he resided in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex
where he had an active practice and several Adjunct Professorships at local
In 1998 Jerry Long wrote a contribution to a journal issue commemorating
the recently deceased Viktor Frankl. Here is a passage from his text which
may serve as an apt memorial to him.
"Once, after speaking to a large audience, I was asked if I ever felt sad
because I could no longer walk. I replied, "Professor Frankl can hardly see,
I cannot walk at all, and many of you can hardly cope with life.
What is crucial to remember is this - We don't need just our eyes, just
our legs, or just our minds. All we need are the wings of our souls and
together we can fly."
- Jerry L. Long