Robert Hoyk, Phd.

Robert Hoyk

Robert Magnuson Hoyk, 59, died at home in Laguna Beach on March 12 after a seven-year struggle with ALS.

Dr. Hoyk was a clinical psychologist who received his doctorate at the California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego.  In private clinical practice in Dana Point, Hoyk also conducted research for several institutions; taught communication skills to executives, physicians, and couples; and was a leader in the field of the psychology of ethics. In 2008, his book “The Ethical Executive: Becoming Aware of the Root Causes of Unethical Behavior: 45 Psychological Traps that Every One of Us Falls Prey To” was published by Stanford University Press.

Always a trailblazer, Hoyk traveled for 13 years throughout the world, living and working for periods of time in Tunisia, Spain, France, Greece and India. He undertook his journeying by camel with the Bedouin in the Sahara, taking a donkey cart and school-age charges through the Spanish hills, creating a self-sustaining community on an island off the coast of Turkey, apprenticing to a furniture-maker in a Mexican village where no tourist had ever ventured.

Formerly of Claremont and Ojai, Hoyk lived in Laguna with his wife, author Julie Brickman. He fought a valiant battle first against primary lateral sclerosis and later Lou Gehrig’s disease. His courage, his grace and his sense of humor remain an inspiration to all who knew and loved him.

His wife and brother David Heuck of Sheridan, Wyo., survive him.

His funeral will be held at the McCormick & Son Funeral Home, Sunday, March 18, at 3 p.m. preceded by a viewing at 2 p.m., 1795 Laguna Canyon Road, Laguna Beach, CA 92651.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Healthspan International Foundation, 26571 Lucinda, Mission Viejo, CA 92691 or or to the ALS Association of Orange County, 1232 Village Way, Suite A, Santa Ana, CA 92705 or


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