LOUISE GLUSMAN

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GLUSMAN--Louise, A Clinical Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons and private practitioner whose professional name was Louise J. Coleman, MD, died in Morristown, NJ on June 4th. She was 94. A stunning beauty and superb athlete, she supported herself in medical school by modeling Cole and Catalina swimsuits in the 1940s and working as a synchronized swimmer at MGM in several Esther Williams movies, including "This Time for Keeps." She graduated from the University of Southern California Medical School (one of two women in her class) and did her post-doctoral psychoanalytic training at the Menninger School of Psychiatry in Topeka, Kansas, where she met Dr. Murray Glusman, soon a Professor of Clinical Psychiatry at P&S. They married in 1949, and remained married and devoted to each other until his death in 2005. In a profession dominated by men, she was an inspiration to her colleagues and patients alike, the epitome of grace and endurance. She was beloved by her husband, Murray; her three children, Dr. Steven Glusman of El Paso, TX, Dr. Joan Glusman of Jamestown, RI, and John Glusman of Glen Ridge, NJ; and her six grandchildren, Karl, Elizabeth, Jeffrey, Jenny, Isabel, and Graham. Those who knew her from summers in Woods Hole, MA, will never forget the image of her swimming effortlessly, sometimes far off-shore, a white swimming cap on the horizon, who could part the waters at her will.

Published in The New York Times on June 15, 2014
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