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Newton, K. (1989). Obituary Notice. J. Anal. Psychol., 34(4):387-388.
   

(1989). Journal of Analytical Psychology, 34(4):387-388

Obituary Notice

Kate Newton

Dorothy ogden's death in January this year is a sad loss to her friends. She had led a full and varied life. When she left school she took a B.A. at Leicester University. She then became interested in medicine and, at the suggestion of a friend, took her medical degree in Dublin. Having qualified in 1948, she worked first in general medicine and later took up psychiatry, working with adults and children. This led on to an interest in Jung and analysis. She was accepted as a member of the Society of Analytical Psychology in 1958, was duly elected as a professional member and a training analyst, and retired owing to ill-health in 1980.

The combination of her personal qualities and professional experience meant that she had a lot to offer both in her analytic work with patients and to her colleagues. Those of us who participated with her in groups experienced how much she could contribute to discussions on clinical problems; she was lively and perceptive, being both sensitive to the patient's needs and to the professional dilemmas of her colleagues. In addition to these activities, she held various offices in the Society. She was Honorary Secretary for several years, she then became Assistant Clinic Director and finally, in 1971, Director of the Clinic. She remained in this office until she retired.

She was a person who dedicated herself with enthusiasm to any job which she undertook. She had a practical down-to-earth approach to administration and could be both tough-minded about the ground rules, on which she became an authority, and flexible when it became clear that changes needed to be worked out. In committee she was direct in expressing her views, whether popular or unpopular, and she had a timely sense of humour which was often invaluable when tense situations arose. As Secretary she strengthened our administrative foundations, and as Director of the Clinic she laid down clinical procedures which continue to be valued and built upon today. Her diagnostic skills and her capacity to communicate with members and trainees about their clinic patients enriched the way in which the clinic functioned both in its service to the community and to the training.

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