by Michael Donner, PhD
The end of the old and the approach of the new year is for me a time for pause and reflection. Magazines and websites post their top 10 and “best of” lists and many people are thinking about their New Years resolutions. As I reflect on the year, I find myself thinking a great deal about what we have gained and especially who we have lost.
Just this month, SFCP lost three members, Graeme Hanson, Samuel Marty and Robert Wallerstein. Each had been involved in SFCP in vary-ing ways, serving us and psychoanalysis through leadership, teaching, their intellect, leadership, teaching, and inspiration. Robert Wallerstein was an internationally renowned figure who inspired so many of us to seek the “Common Ground” of psychoanalysis, encouraging us to move away from theoretical isolation and consider what we share. Known and beloved for his wisdom, judgment and scholarship, his passing is a loss to so many in our field.