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Frosch, J. (1958). Abraham Fabian—1909-1958. Psychoanal Q., 27:406-407.
(1958). Psychoanalytic Quarterly, 27:406-407
John Frosch, M.D.
Abraham Fabian's death was especially shocking because it was totally unexpected: he had been ailing for months and, aware that death was not far off, he remained active until the last. His life was representative of those who have had to strive to achieve their goals.
Born in Austria and brought to this country at the age of two, it was later found that he had a gifted voice, and from age seven through maturity he sang in some of the foremost choirs in this country.
Graduated from City College of New York in 1929 with honors, he studied biochemistry and then went to Creighton University School of Medicine where he was elected to Alpha Omega Alpha. Returning to New York, he interned for two years at the Hospital for Joint Diseases, after which he went into the general practice of medicine in Greenwich Village where he formed friendships with Thomas Wolfe and many other struggling young writers whom he befriended.
From 1940 he pursued an earlier interest in psychiatry, and served his residency at the Bellevue Psychiatric Hospital. Through his interest in child psychiatry he made many valuable contributions to the subject of schizophrenia, reading disabilities, and brain injuries.
In 1947 Dr. Fabian was invited to join the faculty of the Long Island College of Medicine. During the years of his association with what became the State University, he gained the respect and admiration of students, residents, faculty, and was made Clinical Professor of Psychiatry.
He graduated from the New York Psychoanalytic Institute in 1947 and became a member of the American Psychoanalytic Association in 1950. When he became a member of the faculty and training analyst of the Division of Psychoanalytic Education, State University of New York, College of Medicine at New York City, he felt that he had finally achieved what he had been striving for. At the time of his death he was in the process of organizing a child analytic training program for the State University.
Aware that his span of life was limited, his wife and his daughter, aged six, were especially dear to him.
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