Frank J. Wetzel III, known as Jud, passed away on Thursday afternoon June 3, 2021 at Robert Wood Johnson hospital in New Brunswick, NJ. He is survived by his loving children Owen and Suzanne, and his grandsons Oliver and Benjamin.
Born in Washington, DC in 1945, and raised in East Aurora, NY, Jud received his BA in German from Princeton University in 1967. He went on to earn his PhD in German from Cornell University in 1973. Studying abroad in Heidelberg changed his life and launched a lifetime love of travel and the chance connections that can happen when you are out in the world.
He became a licensed clinical social worker, receiving his MSS from Bryn Mawr in 1978. Jud dedicated the rest of his working life to helping others, first at the UMDNJ Community Health Center in Piscataway, then in private practice at his home office in Highland Park, where he lived for 35 years. He specialized in family therapy, trauma recovery, and EMDR. He was also an adjunct faculty member at UMDNJ, teaching therapy to psychiatry residents for 20 years and winning numerous awards.
Jud was devoted to his work, his clients, and his children. Though Alzheimer’s disease limited him in the last years of his life, may he be remembered for his kindness, generosity and gentleness. He had an insatiable hunger for learning, and though he worked incredibly hard, he enjoyed the pleasures of life, especially red wine, reading, music, and long conversations. Jud was fascinated by the world at large and treasured the people in it, neighbors and strangers alike.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Interfaith Rise, an organization in Highland Park that helps refugees, a cause Jud believed in deeply.
A memorial service will be held privately.