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(1936). Frankwood E. Williams, M.D—(May, 18, 1883-September 25, 1936). Psychoanal Q., 5:465-466.

(1936). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 5:465-466

Frankwood E. Williams, M.D—(May, 18, 1883-September 25, 1936)

It is with deep sorrow that we record the death of Frankwood E. Williams, for several years—until poor health and the excessive burden of his responsibilities made resignation compulsory—one of the editors of the QUARTERLY, and one of its earliest and most enthusiastic sponsors. When the idea of a psychoanalytic periodical was proposed to him, his pioneering spirit responded instantly, and he gave the project his unqualified support and editorial experience.

Dr. Williams brought to us the same foresight and enthusiasm that characterized his endeavors in the field of mental hygiene and social psychiatry which constituted his earliest interest and career. His association with the Mental Hygiene movement began soon after the conclusion of his medical studies, being attracted to mental hygiene because it linked clinical psychiatry with the social problems in which he was even then interested. This association culminated in his outstanding directorship of The National Committee for Mental Hygiene for a decade and his editorship of its official publication, Mental Hygiene. The period of his directorship was notable for a marked extension of mental hygiene activities, signalized by the First International Congress on Mental Hygiene which Dr. Williams organized. Never quite content, however, with the methods and position of mental hygiene, and rather disillusioned with them in the closing years of his life, Dr. Williams was foremost in urging the application of psychoanalytic concepts to the theory and practice of mental hygiene, in encouraging its workers to familiarize themselves with freudian psychology and undergo analysis, and in inviting the coöperation of trained psychoanalysts.

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