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Charles Gardner Jr. Obituary
Charles W. Gardner, Jr.

ALFORD Charles W. Gardner, Jr., MD, of Fairfield, Conn., and Alford, died this week after a brief illness at age 88. He was a retired Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine and retired Medical Director of the Yale Psychiatric Institute.Dr. Gardner grew up in Fairfield, the son of Dr. Charles W. Gardner and Edna Tuttle Gardner. He was educated at Phillips Andover Academy, Harvard College, and the University of Chicago Medical School. His Psychiatric training was at Yale, and his Psychoanalytic training at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute.

After stints in the Army in 1942-45 and again from 1951-53, Charlie, as friends knew him, established his career in academia and private practice. At the time of his retirement, he was Clinical Professsor of Psychiatry at Yale. At varying times, he held the positions of Clinical Director, Director of Training, Medical Director, and Senior Consultant at the Yale Psychiatric Institute.

Among other awards and recognition, Charlie received the NIMH Career Teacher Award, Yale's Cameron Distinguished Clinical Teaching Award, and Yale's Distinguished Alumni Award.

Other teaching included at the Smith College School for Social Work and the Western New England Psychoanalytic Institute, and consulting at the West Haven VA Hospital. He also had a private practice in Fairfield for over 30 years.

Charlie was known for his wit and his quirky humor, his directness of speech, his impatience with pretense, and his devotion to the medical profession. He was an omnivorous reader and a life-long student. He did not care for TV and, for most of his life, would not have one in the house.

He loved outdoor labor, planting trees, his vegetable garden, liberal politics, The New York Times, The Metropolitan Opera, ballet, Shakespeare, travels to Tuscany, England, and Scandinavia, the Tanglewood Music Festival, Cape Cod, the farm in Alford, and his large family which was always around.

His beloved wife of 66 years, Josephine Sperry Gardner, died this past February.

He is survived by their five children, Dr. Charles Gardner of Greenwich, Conn., Cynthia Gardner of Pittsfield, Jonathan Gardner of Guilford, Conn., Anne Magnavita of Glastonbury, Conn., and Sarah Gardner of Williamstown; two nephews and a niece, 12 grandchildren and a great-grandson.

His sister, Charlotte Sperry, died in 1988.

Funeral arrangements will be private. Donations may be made in memory of Dr. Charles Gardner to The Berkshire Natural Resources Council, 20 Bank Row # 203, Pittsfield, MA 01201 (413) 499-0596
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on July 21, 2013
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