Customer Service | Help | FAQ | PEP-Easy | Report a Data Error | About
Tip: To suggest new content…

PEP-Web Tip of the Day

Help us improve PEP Web. If you would like to suggest new content, click here and fill in the form with your ideas!

For the complete list of tips, see PEP-Web Tips on the PEP-Web support page.

Kestenbaum, C.J. (1994). Memorial for Roy R. Grinker, Sr.. J. Amer. Acad. Psychoanal., 22(2):319.

(1994). Journal of American Academy of Psychoanalysis, 22(2):319

Memorial for Roy R. Grinker, Sr.

Clarice J. Kestenbaum, M.D.


The Annual Presidential Award for Distinguished Service and Scientific Contributions was established by the American Academy of Psychoanalysis in 1990. The first recipients were Irving Bieber, M.D., Judd Marmor, M.D., and Alexandra Symonds, M.D. This year the Academy selected Roy R. Grinker, Sr., M.D., a charter member and The Academy's sixth president, to become the fourth award recipient. Unfortunately, Dr. Grinker died 2 weeks before the scheduled presentation. Thus, the award honoring a great man's lifetime achievement was accepted posthumously by his son, Roy R. Grinker, Jr., M.D.

This special section of the Journal offers the four papers presented that day, one by Roy R. Grinker, Jr., and three by esteemed friends and colleagues: Leon Salzman, M.D., Marianne H. Eckhardt, M.D., and Judd Marmor, M.D. as well as an original paper by Dr. Grinker Sr., which appears here for the first time.

Those present on that occasion will recall that although the session became a memorial ceremony, the mood was not somber. In fact, laughter filled the room as Roy Grinker, Jr. played an audiotape of his father's reminiscences of his analysis with Freud and other moving recollections of his life with father.

The presenters described Dr. Grinker's remarkable productivity, his clarity of thought, his dislike of dogma, and his efforts to bring psychoanalysis into the modern world, in part by helping to establish our Academy.

Dr. Marmor stated it well: We are all diminished when a cherished person departs the scene, but it is a special kind of loss when one of the intellectual giants who has greatly enriched and enlarged our scientific purview passes on. Roy was such a giant.

We shall all miss him.

[This is a summary or excerpt from the full text of the book or article. The full text of the document is available to subscribers.]

Copyright © 2019, Psychoanalytic Electronic Publishing, ISSN 2472-6982 Customer Service | Help | FAQ | Download PEP Bibliography | Report a Data Error | About

WARNING! This text is printed for personal use. It is copyright to the journal in which it originally appeared. It is illegal to redistribute it in any form.