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 Sixty years ago, the Department of Psychiatry was founded at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Nathan Schnaper was one of the first psychiatrists to join Dr. Jacob Finesinger, the department’s first chair, remaining there for his entire career. Although he retired in 1996, he continued to attend in the cancer center on a part-time basis until about two months before his death on August 23, 2010 at the age of 92. He had been the longest living member of the faculty in the medical school.

 On March 13, 2010 we lost Prof. Eugene Brody.  I first met him when I was starting my residency in July, 1961 at the Psychiatric Institute of the University of Maryland. He had just arrived as Chairman of the Department.  For three years I had a close personal and professional contact with him. To this date I remain thankful for this because much of what makes me a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst I owe to him.

I retire next Memorial Day. I've decided to write about my retirement thoughts, experiences, and even surprises while I’m still seeing my patients. I’ve been seeing all of them in psychodynamic psychotherapy since way before my decision in early May and subsequent announcement of my plans in early June. I have seen some patients weekly for many years now, and of course I have many patients who check in once in a while, some for twenty to thirty years now.

In 1950 an eminent Harvard psychiatrist, Dr. Jacob Finesinger, was recruited to create a full time psychiatry department at The University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) in Baltimore. By the time of his death in 1959, Finesinger had built a nationally admired organization. He was succeeded by a series of Chairmen leading to Anthony Lehman, who was appointed Chair in 2000.

 This article is based on Dr. Lehman’s address at the Gala celebrating the 60th anniversary.

 The Department of Psychiatry at University of Maryland celebrated sixty years of its establishment in September 2010. Its accomplishments were highlighted in a day-long program on September 16th that included scientific sessions followed by a gala dinner in the evening.

This is my first issue as the Editor of The Maryland Psychiatrist (TMP). I am honored to be entrusted with the role of steering this publication reflecting the thoughts and the voices, the celebrations and the sorrows of the membership of the Maryland Psychiatric Society.

On April 27, 2006, eighty-five members and guests attended the MPS Annual Meeting at the Hunt Valley Golf Club in Phoenix.  After a cocktail reception during which we listened to the Silverbacks (including MPS member Donn Teubner-Rhodes on the flute), we were welcomed by MPS President Joseph Schwartz.  Then, on behalf of the Maryland Foundation for Psychiatry, Dr. Jonas Rappeport gave its Outstanding Merit Award to Mr. Edgar K. Wiggins. Among his other achievements, Mr.

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