LEON M. LURIE
December 26, 1915 - February 15, 2012
Leon Lurie died on Wednesday morning, February 15, in Alice's arms. He died peacefully but reluctantly. He wanted to live forever.
Leon was vibrantly alive for 96 years. He fulfilled his desire, like Donald Winnicott's to be "alive when he died". His electric blue eyes invited and challenged us to come alive ourselves, to be ourselves, and to discover our own vitality and individuality. He had no use for custom, rules or manners. He vigorously opposed norms and ideas that were culturally imposed, and fiercely asserted his individuality.
Leon was a psychologist who loved to teach and work with people hoping to enrich their lives along with his. He was still teaching and working until he died. His students and patients were very dear to him, and gave him enormous pleasure.
He was loved beyond measure by his partner, Alice Southworth; his children, Eve, Paul and Jonathan Lurie; his daughters-in-law, Janet and Sage, and his grandchildren, Laurie, Jennifer, Ruben, Sebastian and Adrian; and his great-granddaughter, Paloma.
He was loved and cared for by Rosa de la Rivera, Laura Marin and Kaitlyn Hubbard.
He will be missed by friends and colleagues at the Washington School of Psychiatry, and by all who had the good fortune to know him.
Funeral services will be held at Congregation Etz Hayim, 2920 Arlington Blvd. at 10 a.m., Sunday February 19. Interment following at King David Memorial Gardens, Falls Church, VA. There will be a gathering of friends, family, patients, students and all who knew and loved Leon at his home, 5901 Frazier Lane, McLean, VA from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sunday evening, February 19. All are welcome at both events.
Contributions in his honor can be sent to the Washington School of Psychiatry or the Capital Hospice. Arrangements entrusted to TORCHINSKY HEBREW FUNERAL HOME, 202-541-1001.