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Witenberg, E. (1977). Ernest G. Schachtel 1903-1975. Contemp. Psychoanal., 13:159-159.

(1977). Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 13:159-159

Ernest G. Schachtel 1903-1975

Earl Witenberg, M.D.

FOR THREE DECADES AND MORE have the lifelines of Ernest Schachtel and those of the White Institute been intertwined. He joined the ranks of Erich Fromm, Edith Alt, and Harry Bone as the first non-M.D. members of the Council of Fellows. He faithfully attended all the meetings until failing health prevented his presence. His contributions were quietly effective. His comments were characterized by a quality of allocentric attention. He never lost sight of the basic issues. His appeal was always to the higher sense of the issue. There was a quality of selflessness in his remarks. Nobody will be able to say Ernest was self-seeking. Everyone who attended those meetings can attest his dispassionate, compassionate, principled, and profound interest in furthering the long-range goals of the Institute.

Well-known throughout the community as a teacher, he nevertheless continued to give courses here regularly at a financial sacrifice. He originally gave a course in the Rorschach which was well-attended and profitable for all. In the last 15 years or so he gave case seminars. There his profound knowledge of the human being was communicated to a generation of analysts, and his work lives in their work. Widely sought as training analyst and supervisory analyst, he communicated his human qualities and his professional skills to many. Typical of him, he would prepare for training committee meetings by spending long hours, poring over the records to present with impeccable impartiality the written record of the student under consideration. He has left the Institute the legacy of his scholarly productions as a model.

But, in addition, we will always remember this modest, unassuming man with his dedication to clarity of intellect and affect, decency, his quiet sense of humor, his concern and his sense of dignity. We shall miss him.


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