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Nagel, J.J. (2006). Stuart Feder, 1930-2005. Int. J. Appl. Psychoanal. Stud., 3(1):111-111.
(2006). International Journal of Applied Psychoanalytic Studies, 3(1):111-111
Stuart Feder, 1930-2005
Julie Jaffee Nagel, Ph.D.
Stuart Feder MD died on July 29, 2005 at the age of 75. With his death, psychoanalysis has irrevocably lost a creative thinker, gifted clinician, beloved teacher, and innovator in original scholarly work that united music and psychoanalysis. His academic and clinical accomplishments will long outlive him. Author of numerous articles on the relationship between music, mind, and affect, and important books on composers Charles Ives (My Father's Song, 1992) and Gustav Mahler (Gustav Mahler, A Life in Crisis, 2004) as well as co-editing two monumental volumes on psychoanalytic explorations in music (1990; 1993, with R Karmel and G Pollock), Dr Feder was indefatigable in exploring music as a point of entry to affect and the unconscious.
Dr Feder's personal qualities — his warmth, unwaivering encouragement, support, optimism, and generosity — touched many people in personal ways that equaled his professional accomplishments. His family was a source of comfort and pride to him. Predeceased by his beloved wife, Carol, he was a devoted father to Susanna, Adam, and Aaron; father-in-law to Colleen, and grandfather to Katlyn and Allison. He was a caring friend of Charlotte Kaufman.
Dr Feder received his BA from Johns Hopkins University and his masters degree in music from Harvard University. He earned his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He was a graduate of the New York Psychoanalytic Institute, where he became a member of its faculty. He was also Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and taught courses on music and mind at the Extension Division of the Juilliard School. A member of the American Psychoanalytic Association, his yearly discussion groups on music and psychoanalysis were standing-room-only events.
Stuart Feder was deeply involved in life, even during his final illness. It was my honor and pleasure to have collaborated with him on numerous occasions, and to be his colleague and friend. His extraordinary work and gentle nature will be cherished by those whose lives he touched.
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