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Pollock, G.H. (1986). Dedication. Ann. Psychoanal., 14:3-4.

(1986). Annual of Psychoanalysis, 14:3-4

I Essays in Memory of Anne Pollock Lederer


George H. Pollock, M.D., Ph.D.

It is with pleasure that we dedicate this volume of The Annual of Psychoanalysis to Anne Pollock Lederer. But it is also with sadness, for it must be in memoriam as Mrs. Lederer left us on November 28, 1984. Mrs. Lederer was one of the most dedicated, devoted, and generous supporters of the Institute for Psychoanalysis of Chicago. Not only did she establish a rare book collection in honor of her father, Emil Pollock, but she established a research fund at the Institute for the specific study of depression and its prevention, and its relation to loss and creativity. Her support was of great value to our research studies in these areas. At the time of her death, she was also eagerly involved in the plans for a conference on psychoanalysis and music, for one of her passions was the arts—music, painting, dance, and opera. Furthermore, she was a benefactor of many organizations and a supporter of research in Israel.

Anne Lederer was a courageous woman who, despite many concerns, hurts, and ills, carried on. If her strength allowed, she enjoyed going to restaurants, especially those serving tasty, Czech food. This was a tie to Prague, the city in which she was born. There her family members had distinguished careers in finance, business, medicine, and history. She was proud of her ancestors and hopeful that her children and grandchildren would carry on family traditions.

Her judgment and counsel were perceptive and wise. She took a great interest in the activities she supported and in which she was involved. For example, in addition to giving financial support to the library of the Chicago Institute she contributed time and energy by actually working there herself.

It is fitting that she be honored by us in many ways. In her honor our Board of Trustees has established the Anne P. Lederer Meritorious Service Award to be given to a lay person for outstanding contributions to psychoanalysis in the Chicago community.

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