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ROSENBLATT--Jay S., passed away early on the morning of February 16 at the age of 90. Born in the East Bronx on November 18th, Jay was a scientist, a psychoanalyst, and an artist. In a long scientific career that included a 17 year directorship of the Institute of Animal Behavior at Rutgers, Jay received numerous honors and awards. Among the first to study the role of hormones, the brain and experience in the regulation of mothering, Jay laid the groundwork for a field of inquiry, the psychobiology of mammalian maternal behavior. His many students, post-docs, and younger colleagues benefited enormously from his professional and personal guidance, and his influence continues through them and their students. For much of his career Jay also saw patients in his Upper West Side apartment, wishing to maintain a balance between the theoretical and practical aspects of psychology. As a high school student, Jay studied art through the Works Progress Administration. He served in WWII as a camouflage artist, and painting remained important to him throughout his life. Jay was married to Gilda Rosenblatt (nee Rosen) until her death in 1999. He is survived by his second wife, Pat, his children Daniel and Nina, and his grandchildren Olivia and Susannah. A memorial service will be held at the Plaza Jewish Community Chapel, 630 Amsterdam Avenue, Friday February 21 at 1:30.

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Published in The New York Times on Feb. 19, 2014
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