Dr. B. Max Price was born September 8, 1937, in Cordell, Oklahoma, the son of William Elmer and Lois Bethel (Gambrell) Price. He completed this life on Thursday, February 11, 2021, in Oklahoma City at the age of 83.
Max Price earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Oklahoma Baptist University in 1959. He received his Master’s Degree in Theology and Guidance and Counseling in 1968 and 1972, respectively, then received his Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Oklahoma and his clinical psychology license in 1975 and 1977.
As a clinical psychologist, he has helped many people, including children of divorce and stepfamilies. He worked for Oklahoma Health Care Authority, providing psychologist services for Adults with Developmental Disabilities. Like Understanding Today’s Children (1983) and A Guide to Child Therapy (2001), most of his writings were inspired by his career as a psychologist and his upbringing as a member of a large stepfamily.
Dr. Price had been in private practice since 1977 with Behavioral Medicine Associates and Integris Baptist Medical Center Outpatient Counseling. Since 1998, he has practiced with the Center for Counseling and Care of Oklahoma, Inc. He served on the Board of Directors of the Oklahoma Psychological Association and was a member of the American Psychological Association and the National Register of Psychologists.
He married Geraldine “Geri” Welch on June 2, 1960. He is survived by his wife, Geri, of 60 years of Oklahoma City; his daughter, Tracey Price Burton of Oklahoma City; his son, Todd Price and his wife Pamala of Kansas City, MO; his sister, Pat Wright of Oklahoma City; his grandchildren, Timothy Price, Jonathan Price, Elizabeth Sell and her husband Stephen, Matthew Price, Kirsten Price, Daniel Price, and Ariela Price.
Though he was very accomplished in his professional life, we will remember him most for his kindness, positive attitude, gratefulness, and cheerfulness. He was everyone’s cheerleader, rarely spoke ill of others, and was very quick to express praise, often excited and proud of others’ accomplishments as if they were his own.
Max loved many things: his wife of 60 years (Geri), his family, his church (Spring Creek Baptist Church), his dog (Sparky), his alma mater (Oklahoma Sooners), long-distance running, roses, tulips, and all flowers, working in his garden, reading, writing (authoring many articles and five books), singing hymns, laughing at a good joke and playing with his grandkids and grandnieces and grandnephews.
As a life-long, long-distance runner, 2 Timothy 4:7 is a very appropriate verse for him: “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.” (ESV)
A memorial service will be held at Spring Creek Baptist Church at a date yet to be determined.