Morris E. Chafetz

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CHAFETZ DR. MORRIS EDWARD CHAFETZ Dr. Morris Edward Chafetz died October 14, 2011, at his home in Georgetown. Dr. Chafetz was born in Worcester, Massachusetts on April 20, 1924. He served in the Medical Corps during World War II and earned the M.D. in Psychiatry at Tufts Medical School in Boston in 1948. He served an internship in the U.S. Marine Hospital in Detroit, Michigan, 1948-49, and was named Resident Psychiatrist at the state hospital in Howard, Rhode Island, from 1949-1951. Following a stint at the Instituto Nacional de Cardiologia in Mexico City, 1951-52, Chafetz served two years as clinical and research fellow in Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital as well as a research fellow in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, 1952-54. Chafetz was also a psychiatrist for the U.S. Coast Guard stationed in Cape May, New Jersey, in 1952. He was board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. During the 1970s and 1980s, Chafetz was involved with a number of national boards and conferences, among them a presidential appointment to the White House Conference for a Drug-Free America and as a member of the executive committee of the National Commission against Drunk Driving Board of Directors, as well as Chairman of its Committee on Education and Prevention. He was named Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science, Medical University of South Carolina, and Adjunct Professor, Center for Metropolitan Affairs and Public Policy at the College of Charleston. He was also founding Director of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Administration. Chafetz was named Principal Research Scientist at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Metropolitan Planning and Research from 1975-1984. His memberships include the District of Columbia Mayor's Advisory Task Force on Drunk Driving, The National Conference of Parents and Teachers, Pan American Health Organization, Institute for Study and Prevention of Alcoholism in Zagreb, Yugoslavia, the American Psychiatric Association Task Force on Alcoholism, the American Medical Association Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, among others. He was named to the Safety and Health Hall of Fame, International, in 1995. The author of 14 books and more than 200 articles on health and alcoholism, Chafetz leaves behind a legacy of three children and six grandchildren in addition to thousands of people who with his help learned to consume and enjoy alcohol beverages responsibly. At his request, no service will be held.At his request, no service will be held.

Published in The Washington Post on Oct. 20, 2011
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