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November 1925 - May 30, 2015 James Grotstein, M.D., a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, died peacefully on May 30, 2015, at his home in Los Angeles; he was 89. Jim is survived and dearly missed by his wife of 56 years, Susan, his daughter Laurie and son-in-law Jonathan Collier, his son Josh and daughter-in-law Leslie Murdock, and his grandchildren: Clara and Rose Collier, and Max and Margot Grotstein. He was born November 8, 1925 near Akron, Ohio, served in the U.S. Navy in World War II as a hospital corpsman, and earned his B.S. from the University of Akron in 1948 and his M.D. from Western Reserve University in 1952. He completed his medical internship at Michael Reese Hospital, his psychiatric residencies at Pennsylvania Hospital, the Veterans Administration Hospital in Los Angeles, and UCLA's Neuropsychiatric Institute (where he served as the first Chief Resident, 1955-56), and received his psychoanalytic training at the Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, 1955-1961. Jim had been in private practice since 1959, with a subspecialty in the psychoanalytic treatment of psychotic, borderline and narcissistic disorders. He was known internationally as one of the leading authorities on the psychoanalytic theories of Melanie Klein and Wilfred Bion, and was a brilliant scholar and intellectually generous teacher and supervisor of psychoanalytic candidates. He authored and edited/co-edited 12 books, including Splitting and Projective Identification (1985), Who Is The Dreamer Who Dreams the Dream: A Study of Psychic Presences (2000), and A Beam of Intense Darkness: Wilfred Bion's Legacy to Psychoanalysis (2007), published over 250 scholarly papers, and received numerous professional awards and lectureships. Jim was a highly esteemed training analyst at the Psychoanalytic Center of California (PCC) and the New Center for Psychoanalysis (NCP), and was honored at the 47th Annual Congress of the International Psychoanalytical Association in 2011 for his distinguished career. Family, friends, colleagues, students, and patients remember him for his around-the-clock devotion and compassion for their needs, and for his effervescent wit and playful punning that helped punctuate and put into perspective otherwise serious intellectual and emotional interchanges. Jim continued to write papers, supervise candidates and see patients, valiantly, and passionately, up until the final months of his life. He will be laid to rest in a private service at Hillside Memorial Cemetery in Los Angeles. News of a public memorial service will follow soon; please email inquiries to [email protected] In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the Psychoanalytic Center of California (PCC), 11500 W. Olympic Blvd., Suite 445, Los Angeles, CA, 90064, with "In honor of James Grotstein" in the memo. All monies donated will be used for the support of candidate psychoanalytic education.
Published in the Los Angeles Times on June 2, 2015
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