Masa Aiba Goetz, 83, longtime community activist in PB
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Masa Aiba Goetz, a Pacific Beach resident, Ph.D., clinical psychologist, author, community activist and “old folkie,” recently passed away.

She was 83.

In addition to maintaining a private practice in clinical psychology. Dr. Goetz led workshops on relationships, stress reduction, native traditions and intuitive thinking for community groups, professional and government organizations, as well as businesses. She also trained nurses, teachers, social workers and other professionals in the use of her methods.

Until very recently, Dr. Goetz had been very active in local arts performances in San Diego with participation in local performances of the Vagina Monologues (March 2011 at the Moxie Theatre in San Diego) and in a benefit concert held in August 2011 at Christ Lutheran Church in Pacific Beach to raise funds to assist the victims of the March 2011 tsunami in Japan.

Dr. Goetz was also the founding mother of “Wild Jammin’ Women,” a music camp for women in Southern California that was inspired and directed by noted singer-songwriter, choral director and vocal instructor Judy Fjell. Dr. Goetz attended Judy’s WoMaMu (Women Making Music) camp in 2003 and came back to San Diego determined to bring Judy to Southern California. With her as the “Queen Bee” and guiding light, Wild Jammin’ Women conducted highly successful camps in the San Bernardino mountains northeast of Los Angeles. At these camps, women sang, drummed, laughed and played under the tutelage of Judy Fjell, and other noted singer-songwriters, musicians and instructors.

Dr. Goetz was the author of “My Father, My Self: Understanding Dad’s Influence on Your Life” and co-author of “Getting Back Together,” a best-selling guide to successful reconciliation. She was a featured relationship expert on numerous television and radio programs, including “The Sally Jesse Raphael Show,” “Geraldo” and “Sonya Live.” In addition, she was a founding member of Sunshine Village, a long-term shelter for battered women in San Diego. More recently, Dr. Goetz served on the San Diego Aging & Independent Services Advisory Council and was deeply committed to establishing community-based services for elderly people living in Pacific Beach.

Dr. Goetz was born in New York City in 1928. She attended Wesley Junior College in Dover, Del. and graduated from American International College in Springfield, Mass. in 1950. Later, she obtained a masters of library science degree from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, N.Y. Finally, after moving to San Diego in the early 1970s, Dr. Goetz obtained her doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the Professional School of Psychological Studies at age 60. Subsequently, she established a successful private practice that specialized in helping individuals, couples and families to resolve personal and relationship issues.

Dr. Goetz was the daughter of Chusaka Aiba and Elsa Burge, who met in New York City after emigrating from Japan and Germany. She was previously married to Samuel Cabot Bidwell, who died of leukemia within a year of their marriage and shortly before the birth of her first son.

She later married Joseph Goetz and had two sons in her second marriage. She is survived by her three sons, six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

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