The Jung Center of Houston was founded in 1958 by a group of students dedicated to understanding improvements in the human psyche through the theory and methods of Dr. C. G. Jung.
Ruth Thacker Fry began lecturing in Houston on Jung’s depth psychology after completing three years of study at the Jung Institute in Zurich.
After four years of study, a group of Ruth Thacker Fry’s students founded The Jung Center. They asked Dr. C. G. Jung for permission to use his name in the new center’s title, and he readily agreed. Carolyn Grant Fay, Ethel Carradine Kurth, Alma Owen Lloyd, and Ella Rice Winston chartered the C. G. Jung Educational Center of Houston, Texas, Inc. as a nonprofit educational institution. With a rich and diverse program dedicated to self-discovery, community outreach, and spiritual growth, to this day it is the one Jungian organization primarily devoted to serving the general public and remains unique in America.
The Jung Center moved to its current location at 5200 Montrose, in the heart of Houston’s Museum District.
Carolyn Grant Fay generously donated the building to The Center, and Ella Rice Winston gave many of the furnishings. The Alma Owen Lloyd Memorial Scholarship Fund and the Cora Conner Spear Memorial Scholarship Fund provide financial aid to students. The Ethel Carradine Kurth Library and Bookstore contains the largest collection of books on Jungian subjects in the Southwest.
The Jung Center celebrated its fiftieth anniversary and honored Carolyn Grant Fay, who created this center for the continuing education of the human spirit in the middle of her long, productive, and remarkable life.
The Jung Center’s role continues to expand. Thanks to regional, national and international collaborations and the extraordinary gifts of technology, The Center’s reach extends far beyond Houston.
As The Jung Center has grown, many highly trained professionals in the disciplines of psychology, religion, education, and the arts have been added to the faculty to conduct classes, lectures, seminars, and workshops—all aimed at the development of the individual in the context of the family, community and culture. We have more than 100 faculty and visiting professors to The Center each year. Over the years, the faculty has included internationally known presenters from the United States, Canada, and Europe.
Each year, The Jung Center is proud to offer: