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Obituary for Naomi Quenk (2021) – Albuquerque, NM

Naomi L. Quenk

(Scarborough, ME) Dr. Naomi L. Quenk, of Saco, Maine and previously from Albuquerque, New Mexico, passed away peacefully in her sleep in the early hours of September 28, 2021 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough, Maine. She was 85 years old.

Naomi was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1936 and lived on a passion to help people appreciate their differences. She was also a staunch and outspoken advocate of social justice and the environment. Her sharp wit – and sometimes her sharp tongue – is missed by everyone who knew her.

In her professional career, Naomi was the world’s leading authority on the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator (MBTI) and was instrumental in its development. She has published numerous research and theoretical articles examining individual personality differences, as well as several personality assessment books, including What That Really Me ?: How Every Day Stress Brings Out Our Hidden Personality; Under control: Understanding type, stress and the inferior function; and Essentials of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Assessment. She was the co-author of MBTI Manual: A Guide to the Development and Use of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator; among other. She co-authored Dream Thinking: The Logic, Magic and Meaning of Your Dreams and True Loves: Finding the Soul in Love Relationships with her late husband Alex.

She was a clinical psychologist in Albuquerque, NM for many years. Aside from her writing and clinical work, Naomi has been instrumental in making the MBTI meaningful and useful for other cultures around the world, and she has traveled worldwide to conduct workshops on how to use the MBTI instrument. She has served as president, director, trustee, advisor, and member of bodies and associations too numerous to mention.

In 2008, she moved to Maine to be closer to her daughter Rachel and granddaughter Violet. Although she never really retired and continued her professional work until her last days, Naomi was able to spend her years in Maine with family and friends and appreciate the outdoors around her home.

She died of her husband Alex Quenk and brothers Robert Litt and Mitchell Litt. She leaves behind her three children and families, Karin and David Sparks from Bryan, Texas, Kaleb Quenk from Old Orchard Beach, Maine, and Rachel and Kevin Davis, and her granddaughter Violet Davis from Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

Rabbi Saks of Bet Ha’am Congregation held a small, private funeral service in Temple Beth El Memorial Park on Friday, October 1, 2021. A celebration of life is slated for next year when it will be safer for her many friends and extended family to travel. Instead of flowers, donations can be made to the Hospice of Southern Maine or the Southern Poverty Law Center. k

Published by on October 10, 2021.

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