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Sherman, M.H. (1958). Clement Staff 1911-1958. Psychoanal. Rev., 45A(1/2):156-158.

(1958). Psychoanalytic Review, 45A(1/2):156-158

In Memoriam

Clement Staff 1911-1958

Murray H. Sherman

The entire membership, student body and staff of NPAP are deeply grieved by the death of Clement Staff, chairman of the editorial committee of Psychoanalysis. He died on March 25, 1958 at the age of forty-seven. Our journal will miss Mr. Staff's scholarly contributions and the constant impetus and inspiration he gave to the publication. Clem Staff was the person who had most to do with bringing Psychoanalysis into existence, and he guided its course until illness prevented his full leadership.

He was the first vice-president of NPAP when it was founded by Dr. Theodor Reik in 1948. Deeply dedicated to the organization, he served in this office until 1952 and as a member of the Board of Directors until his death. Few members were as helpful and influential in every area of NPAP activities.

Mr. Staff was born in New York City and graduated from New York University and the New York School of Social Work. He received his psychoanalytic training with Theodor Reik.

His interests in psychoanalysis revolved about both his practice and broad theoretical and metapsychological issues. His articles in Psychoanalysis included “Toward a Philosophy of Mental Hygiene,” “The Discharge Principle,” and “Group Psychology Beyond the Pleasure Principle.” It is perhaps not coincidental that one of his best received articles was entitled, “Death is no Outsider.”

As an affiliate of the Theodor Reik Clinic for Mental Health and Research, Mr. Staff supervised therapists and helped to formulate general policy. His contributions in both areas will long be remembered.

Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Yedida Staff; his children, Varda and Gideon; his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Staff; and a sister, Mrs. Otto Rosahn.

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