Condolence & Memory Journal

I met Dr. Michael Fordyce in the fall of 1983 at Edison Community College. At the age of 41, I returned to college to complete my degrees in Psychology. Eight years later, Michael followed my progress from ECC to my USF Bachelor (1989) and Masters Degree in Guidance and Counseling (1991). He invited me to join him in his practice at The Marriage and Family Center in Ft. Myers, Florida for my internship in 1991. I subsequently joined his practice at the Marriage and Family Center; and, to my great amazement six months after I joined the practice, he gifted The Marriage and Family Center to me. I have always been grateful for the opportunity to learn from him in the classroom and in practice with him. He believed in me. He trusted me; and he gave me the confidence to believe in myself. At this writing in July 2017, I have just found out about his passing. I am writing my memoirs and fortunately saved the research he was doing on Happiness. I am very saddened by his death at such an early time in his life. Michael lived life wholly and fully. He was a teacher, a writer, a researcher, a practitioner and most of all a mentor. Thank you Michael for believing in me.
Linda Troiano (McCarthy) Engel, M.A.

Posted by LINDA ENGEL - Dunedin, FL - Coworker   July 17, 2017

I had Michael as a teacher 30 years ago at Edison Community College and he truly changed my life. Because of taking his class during a hard time in my life, I kept his fundamentals in my thoughts always. I still have his book "the Psychology of Happiness" and have shown it to many others over the years. Because of it, I met my husband and have had a full, fulfilling life. Thank you, Michael.

Posted by Hilary Baggs - Las Vegas, NV - Student   March 25, 2017

I had him for class about how to be happy. What so to the point, yet great teacher. He stated, women want security and men want romance, yes, only its so true never forgot that. Yes, wish I would have listened to him then.

Posted by richard boteho - fort myers, DC - student   February 18, 2015

Oh I just saw this. Makes me so sad. He was a good man. He was a beautiful heart. I had the pleasure of knowing him as a teacher and a friend. He made me laugh so much and dance so hard. He showed such respect in his classroom especially when my young children had to come to class with me. I will always smile when I think of him. He loved life and what it offered, he lived life and yet when needed to be serious he was there for you. Yes I will miss knowing your in the world and will hold you in my memory with smiles and respect...we had some good times, you did love your wives passionately and you sure were honorable man and treated women with great respect. I hope to be your friend in the next life. Sleep well and know you were loved by many, especially God!

Posted by Jeanne Dubrasky - Fort Myers, FL - Friend   October 28, 2013

To Jimmy and Steve, Your brother was a wonderful man in so many ways. Please know that you are all in my prayers. He will be missed. My love to you both. Diane

Posted by Diane Fordyce - Webster, FL - ex-wife   September 11, 2012

I never met Dr. Fordyce in person, but his online book about happiness had a tremendous impact on my life & he will live on in a special place in my heart. After a devastating breakup, I felt hopeless...but I stumbled upon his 14 fundamentals online and am amazed how it has changed my life. As I later learned about positive psychology, I was always fascinated how the majority of modern findings were already in his 14 fundamentals. He truly was decades ahead of his time.

Posted by Steve B - Piscataway, NJ - Fan of his work   August 29, 2012


Thank you very much Dr. Fordyce for your contributions to happiness research. You were one of the first researchers we met in our quest to promote a better and happier society in Mexico. Your work was and still is an inspiration for all of us. We learned so much from you that you will always be a reference in our research.

Thanks again!

Posted by Jose Garcia Vega - Monterrey - Researcher   July 25, 2012

Thank you Dr. Fordyce, for founding the happiness movement Stay happy forever and ever....... ( :

Posted by George Ortega - White Plains, NY - collegue   May 04, 2012