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Procci, W. (2012). Leo Rangell 1913-2011. Int. J. Psycho-Anal., 93(2):451-455.

(2012). International Journal of Psycho-Analysis, 93(2):451-455


Leo Rangell 1913-2011

Warren Procci

Photo provided by Paul Rangell.

Leo Rangell had an exceptional life. He left us on 29 May 2011, after a very brief illness and just a few months shy of his 98th birthday. He had been quite healthy, self-sufficient, vigorous, intellectually vital and seeing patients until just days before his death. He was actively involved with his three surviving, and very loving children, Judy, Susan and Paul, and enjoyed his relationship with his life partner and fellow psychoanalyst, Beth Kalish, Ph.D. And of course he remained a major figure in the world of psychoanalysis.

Leo was in his 8th decade of academic productivity, continuing to write in the scientific and popular press and preparing for an immediate upcoming professional meeting. His legacy is one of remarkable accomplishment in many areas, with an oeuvre of over 450 publications, including nine books, with more in progress. His books and scientific papers covered almost the entire range of key psychoanalytic ideas. His primary concern was the importance of a composite, unitary theory.

Leo's origins were humble. He was born in a poor section of Brooklyn in 1913 to immigrant Russian and Polish parents. The major focus for his parents was on survival. English was not spoken in the home, Yiddish was. Leo described home life as offering little intellectual stimulation, which stands in stark contrast to his adult life where he had an unquenchable thirst for understanding our world. Leo initially attended New York City public schools, and graduated from the Boys' High School in Brooklyn, known more at that time for grit than for scholarship.

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