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Kahr, B. (2004). F. Robert Rodman, 1934-2004. Am. Imago, 61(4):539-542.

(2004). American Imago, 61(4):539-542

F. Robert Rodman, 1934-2004

Brett Kahr

Dr. F. Robert Rodman, the distinguished psychoanalyst and scholar of the works of Donald Winnicott, died on November 15, 2004, aged seventy years, in Santa Monica, California, after complications from a stroke. A respected practitioner of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy for many decades, Dr. Rodman will best be remembered for his passionate devotion to the furtherance of the work of Dr. Donald Winnicott, which he accomplished not only through his teaching and his clinical work, but through the publication of a much-admired collection of Winnicott's correspondence (1987), and through the completion of Rodman's (2003) own full-length biography of Winnicott, upon which he had worked for many long years.

Born on February 3, 1934, Rodman completed his undergraduate studies at Harvard University, and then qualified as a physician from the Boston University Medical School. After receiving his M.D. degree, he became a psychiatric resident at the University of California at Los Angeles, and then, subsequently, undertook his psychoanalytic training at the Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Institute. He eventually became a member of the Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Society. Between 1966 and 1968, Dr. Rodman served as a Captain in the army of the United States of America.

During the 1960s, Rodman developed an interest in the work of the British psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott; and although Rodman had only the briefest of contacts with Winnicott, he became enamored by the great Englishman's approach to psychoanalysis. After Winnicott's death in 1971, Rodman befriended Winnicott's widow, Clare Winnicott, and he convinced her that a published volume of Winnicott's letters would be of interest to the general professional readership.

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