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1920 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
BLOM, Dr. Gaston Eugene 1920-2016. Dr. Gaston E. Blom, known as Geb, died April 20, 2016 at the age of 96 in Birmingham, Alabama. He was born in Brooklyn, New York, and graduated from Colgate University and Harvard Medical School. He interned at Columbia Presbyterian Hospital in New York where he met Dorothy (Dottie) Engstrand, a student nurse, to whom he was married for 69 wonderful years. Geb served in the U.S. Naval Reserve and the U.S. Public Health Service. He did his residency in child psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and became a psychoanalyst at the Boston Psychoanalytic Institute. He practiced in Boston until 1958 when he, his wife, and their four children moved to Denver, Colorado. At the University of Colorado Medical School, he started a day treatment program for emotionally disturbed children and served as director. He became a training psychoanalyst at the Institute for Psychoanalysis in Chicago and the Denver Psychoanalytic Institute. In 1975, Geb and Dottie moved to East Lansing where he was a Professor of Psychiatry, Special Education, and Psychology at Michigan State University. He and Dottie then returned to Boston in 1985 where he practiced psychiatry until the age of 88. Geb will be known best for his devotion to troubled children, both in service and writing, culminating in a book Apologize to the Children, as well as several children's books. Geb enjoyed life to the fullest. He loved traveling, music, good food, toasting with aquavit, the ocean, the mountains, and most of all, his family. He is survived by his wife Dottie; four children Susan (Rob Lininger) of Minnesota, Barbara McCollum of Alabama, David (Wendy) of Massachusetts, and Douglas (Fran) Blom of Wisconsin; 10 grandchildren, Eva, Sarah, Katherine, Molly, Emily, Leah, Ben, Bryan, Jesse, Will; and 6 great grandchildren. Geb was a dedicated, generous, fun loving man who touched the minds and hearts of many people. A celebration of his life is scheduled on June 5th from 2-4 P.M. at Aldridge Gardens, 3530 Lorna Rd., Hoover, AL 35216 (205-682-8019). Memorials can be sent to the Children's Defense Fund (www.childrensdefense.org).
Published in The Boston Globe on May 15, 2016
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