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Nelson, M.C. (1964). Nandor Fodor: 1895-1964. Psychoanal. Rev., 51B(2):155-157.

(1964). Psychoanalytic Review, 51B(2):155-157

Nandor Fodor: 1895-1964

Marie Coleman Nelson

As this issue goes to press, news of the sudden death of Dr. Nandor Fodor, one of its Editors, saddens those who remain. In his passing the profession loses not only a dedicated therapist, but also a distinguished member of the regrettably small group of psychoanalysts actively engaged in parapsychological research.

A tireless worker and prolific writer on many aspects of psychoanalysis, history may well decide that Dr. Fodor's greatest contribution lay in the area of psychoanalytic parapsychology. At the time of his demise he had already published some two-score papers and nine books on the subject; he had four manuscripts in preparation and two works—Between Two Worlds and Cosmic Winds—in press.

Hungarian by birth, with a degree from the Royal Hungarian University of Science, Dr. Fodor's international reputation in this field dates from the years he spent in England as Director of Research for the International Institute for Psychical Research. There, his investigative contacts with persons centrally involved in paranormal claims convinced him of the necessity to explore such phenomena from a psychoanalytic point of view. This did not endear him to the influential leaders of the psychical research movement, whose principal concern was validation rather than causation. Their antagonism to psychological inquiry culminated in Dr. Fodor's dismissal and bitter denunciations of his report on the Thornton Heath Poltergeist, in which he held an early sexual trauma responsible for the manifestations that made the case famous.

It was the Thornton Heath Case which brought about Dr. Fodor's memorable meeting with Sigmund Freud in 1938, and the latter's favorable reaction upon reading the controversial manuscript that led Freud to write to Dr.

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