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September 18, 2017
I am indebted to Dr. Seidman. Generous with his time, organized, clear--his lectures to residents were invigorating and memorable and his contributions to the early psychosis research literature have been very valuable to me over my career--informing the way that I talk to individuals and families. My heart goes out to his family and friends.
September 14, 2017

On the first weekend of November 1995, while still working on my PhD thesis under the supervision of Larry, I was on a short trip to my homeland to spend some time with my family. On that weekend, our adored Prime Minister Rabin was assassinated at the end of a rally in support of the peace process. Our first phone call upon learning about that horrible news, was to Ilene and Larry. In the several conversations we had during those moments of consternation and incomprehensible shock, in a genuine attempt to help me sort out my feelings and help himself grasp the overall mood in Israel after the assassination, Larry introduced me to Walt Whitman's classic poem "O Captain! My Captain!". As in many formative moments in my professional and personal life prior to this, and ever since, he was right on, as this poem was set to music in Hebrew and became the theme for those who mourned Rabin's loss (I am adding a link below).

On Thursday of last week, that small gift of wisdom you gave me at the time, has acquired a new, albeit completely unsolicited, meaning and role in my life. A "dock" to tie my grief-stricken heart to amidst the hurricane of emotions that the news about your unexpected loss aroused.

O Larry, my beloved captain, thank you for accepting me as a mentee some 20 years ago, and for continuing to tolerate me ever since. With the exception of your premature departure (you always told me you plan to slow down only when you reach 80), I could not be happier or luckier to have you as a mentor and friend. In the words of Walt Whitman that you introduced me to, your larger-than-life (in more than one sense) voyage may be closed and done, but your spirit, will and unique teaching-by-example role modeling style are alive and stronger than ever.

O captain, my captain, I hope you are resting in peace at least as much as I already miss you. Please forgive my embarrassing you again with my broken English, and for having such hard time saying goodbye.

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September 13, 2017
I am so sorry to hear of Dr. Seidman's passing. The schizophrenia research community has lost an exceptional mentor, clinician and scientist. My thoughts go out to his family and friends. A huge loss.
September 12, 2017
I am so very sad to hear of this. I was a resident in psychiatry at Boston University on Robinson 3 in 1980 when he was a psychological intern. I lost track of him for many years until I met him again at a meeting of the American Psychopathological Association in New York, and we continued to meet and share career stories at annual APPA meetings thereafter. Dick Krueger