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van Bark, B.S. (1954). In Memoriam: Muriel Ivimey, M.D. 1888-1953. Am. J. Psychoanal., 14(1):14-14.
(1954). American Journal of Psychoanalysis, 14(1):14-14
In Memoriam: Muriel Ivimey, M.D. 1888-1953
Bella S. van Bark, M.D.
Dr. Muriel Ivimey, Associate Dean of the American Institute for Psychoanalysis, died in New York on February 26, 1953, at the age of 64. She is survived by two sisters and a brother. She was born in London, England, and came with her family to the United States at the age of three.
She received her M.D. from Johns Hopkins University in 1922. This was followed by extensive experience in clinical neurology and psychiatry, and in social agencies. She took her psychoanalytic training at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute.
In 1941, Dr. Ivimey joined the late Dr. Karen Horney and other colleagues as one of the founders of the Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis and the American Institute for Psychoanalysis. She held many important offices in both organizations. She was Associate Dean from 1941 until her death, a President of the Association, and a member of the Editorial Board of the American Journal of Psychoanalysis. She was also a training and supervisory analyst, a Faculty Council member and active in the teaching program.
She contributed regularly to the scientific sessions of the Association and wrote many papers notable for their thoughtful, scholarly content and lucid style. Her particular interest lay in the direction of clarification of modern psychoanalytic theory and reevaluation of crucial problems in therapy.
Both organizations will greatly miss her invaluable contributions as administrator, policy-maker and leavener of knotty situations with her fine sense of humor.
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