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Charles Bryant M.D. Obituary
Charles Martel Bryant, MD

Sept. 23, 1930-Oct. 26, 2013


Charles Martel Bryant, MD, of Palo Alto, passed away peacefully on October 26th at the age of 83. Dr. Bryant was born in Dallas, Texas, the son of Charles and Tillie Bryant. He received his BA from Rice University and his MD from the University of Texas at Galveston. He later earned a Masters of Public Health from Harvard and completed residency in psychiatry at Massachusetts Mental Health Center. He had further psychoanalytic training at the San Francisco Psychoanalytic Institute. He was affiliated with the San Francisco Community Mental Health consultation service in the 1960's and became the director of the Erich Lindemann Community Mental Health Center in Boston in 1972. In 1975, he returned to San Francisco to become the chairman of the department of psychiatry at Mount Zion Hospital. In recent years, he was a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Stanford School of Medicine.


His passion was focused on helping bereaved families understand their grief for the death of a child. He wrote: "We sought to reach families who have lost children so that they may feel not so alone. The long-term, powerful impacts on their families are human and understandable. Grieving family members are not crazy, as they may think, or evil as they may secretly feel. They are unbearably traumatized."


Dr. Bryant was preceded in death by the loss of his son Eric Jonathan Bryant in 1962.


He married Linda Olin Bryant in July, 2000. Together they enjoyed traveling, movies and most of all, sharing each other's families.


In addition to his wife, Linda, he is survived by his first wife Etta Bryant Richanbach and their children David Bryant, Jan Bryant, Charyl Bryant LeBlanc, Laura Bryant Gutierrez and their spouses Antoinette Bryant, Bill LeBlanc, Max Gutierrez and grandchildren John, Jessica, Dane, Ryan, Ariela, Shalia, Tess and Maxito.


He is survived by his children Ken Bryant, Evan Bryant, Ken's daughter, Kennedy, and their mother, Jan Bryant Cox, his brother, Richard Bryant, MD, his wife, Pat, and their children.


The memory of Martel's warmth, exuberance and love of life will be cherished by all. He was the embodiment of lovingkindness.


Services to celebrate Dr. Bryant's life will be held at Hillel at Stanford, 565 Mayfield, at 10:00 AM on Sunday, Nov. 3. Donations in his honor may be made to Mission Hospice of San Mateo and to Jewish Family and Children's Services.


Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Oct. 31, 2013
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