James Allan Gooch M.D.
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November 2, 1934 - April 4, 2020 A psychiatrist and psychoanalyst for adults and children, who deeply influenced the lives of colleagues, students, and others who knew him, died of a terminal illness at his home in Beverly Hills, California, where he lived and practiced for over fifty years. He is survived by his loving wife of sixty-two years, Shirley, also a psychoanalyst; by four sons, David (and Diane), Todd (and Kathy), Adam, and Alan (and Vicky-Lynn); and eleven grandchildren, Anika, Camilla, James, Zoe, Eli, Maggie, Liam, Anna, Gretchen, Stella, and Delilah. He was predeceased by his younger sister, Phyllis. Born in Stanford, Kentucky, to a loving family, Jim left for college at sixteen, graduating from Andrews University in Michigan. He studied medicine at Loma Linda University (class of 1959) before pursuing a residency in psychiatry at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital (now Cedars-Sinai). From 1964-66 he served as Lieutenant Commander in the US Navy in Long Beach while completing analytic training. In 1977 Jim became the Assistant Medical Director and Director of Education and Research at the Reiss-Davis Child Study Center, where he remained Chief Psychoanalyst until 2004. While at Reiss-Davis, Jim ran a weekly case seminar behind a one-way window where fellows could watch him conduct parent and child interviews, which he also did for over seven years on a weekly basis at Camarillo State Hospital. He served for a number of years as professor of clinical psychiatry at the University of Southern California. From 1981 to 1986 Jim served as Chair of the Department of Psychoanalysis at the California Graduate Institute. From 1984 to 1990 he served as the founding president of the Psychoanalytic Center of California, an independent institute, which became a component society of the International Psychoanalytic Association in 1993. An analysand of Wilfred Bion, Jim participated in numerous international conferences devoted to Bion's innovative analytic theories. A well informed student of geography and culture, Jim was able to see much of the world together with Shirley. He shared his love of nature with family, who retain many fond memories of summer camping trips on the beach at Leo Carrillo State Park, visits to numerous national parks, and ski trips to Mammoth Mountain, where Jim was still skiing at the age of eighty. He lived his life with determination, devotion, generosity, compassion and caring, and will be deeply missed.

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Published in Los Angeles Times from Apr. 11 to Apr. 12, 2020.
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May 13, 2021
Jim loomed large in my childhood years. He was quietly paternal and always included me in family festivities. He loved to work on the house and was a model husband and father.
Dodd Harris
October 25, 2020
Dr. Gooch was an extraordinary psychoanalyst and a gifted teacher of the art. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him, especially his wife Shirley and his family and friends, and also by his many patients, colleagues, and students. The depth of his empathy was exceptional. May he rest in peace, he will never be forgotten.
Dr. Carl Totton, PsyD
May 19, 2020
I have known Jim for over 30 years and am indebted to both he and Shirley for my training and understanding of adults and Children. Jim was both my supervisor and after i finished my training analysis, he became my weekly therapist as I experienced a painful disease. I owe so much to this couple and consider them my good friends. You are missed Jim and I use the hour per week that I have talked to you since 2007 as an hr. of contemplations and peace. Jim, I love both you and Shirley. Goodby but many good things from you carry on through me and surely are useful to my adult and child patients.
R. Dennis Porch, MD, PsyD
May 6, 2020
Sending condolences to Shirley and all his family and friends. Jim was an amazing teacher and amazing soul. His smile was without parallel. I always felt so refreshed after sharing a smile with Jim, his resonance and kindness ran deep. I was one of his students at WILA and appreciated his joviality and intellect and this core of care that moved deeply through him and to others. I always looked for his smiling face to say hello at meetings over the years. His presence will be missed but his aliveness will stay strong in my heart when I remember him. Sending blessings for peace to his family.
Lynne Friedman-Gell
April 21, 2020
Jim and Shirley Gooch were the best things that happened to me during my training as an analyst. Jim was my Supervisor and his generosity and insight were unparalleled. I will miss him terribly. Salut, Jim.
Aranye Joy
April 21, 2020
Dear Jim, you lives in my heart, and grows stronger.
Peichao Zhang
April 21, 2020
" Jim was above all a dear friend. We share many deep moments since we create a study group on Bion's ideas. Those moments help to develop my work in every sense"
Arnaldo Chuster
April 20, 2020
Jim was a beloved supervisor during my psychoanalytic training and later on an inspiring mentor and respected colleague. His salt of the earth honesty and directness are values I hold dear in the ongoing project of forever 'becoming' a psychoanalyst. I will miss him greatly. With condolences to Shirley and everyone in his large and loving family.
Caron Harrang
April 20, 2020
Caron Harrang
April 15, 2020
Jim Gooch, was one of the most caring, loving and devoted man we have everyhad the good fortune to know.
He was our friend, neighbor and inspiration. We can never think of him without smiling at every wonderful moment we were lucky enough to share, with him and his loving wonderful wife and boys! Shirley, we are not physically by your side, but you are deeply in our hearts, thoughts and prayers. It was a gift to us to share
so many wonderful times with you! We love you and will cherish all those family times we had together! Love to all, take good care....and always remember your instructions to Jim, when he went to buy the Olive Tree in the
courtyard .....and as always, brought the exact right thing for Shirl!!!!!! Much love, Carol and Steve Memishian
carol Memishiann
April 14, 2020
Deepest condolences to Shirley, Todd and Kathy and the whole extended Gooch family. Thinking about you and wishing you well. With love from KY.
Erik Liddell
April 12, 2020
An unforgettable human being.
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