Monday, September 25, 2006

In memoriam: George Saslow

The OHSU community lost one of its oldest members this past month: Dr. George Saslow, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, died on Sept. 16 at the age of 99. Saslow was the first full-time Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Oregon Medical School and served in that capacity from his arrival in 1957 until his (mandatory) retirement in 1973 at the age of 65. He remained a contributing member of the department up through 2003.

One of Saslow's most notable assignments was as the psychiatric consultant to the Manhattan Project. Although that duty was not something he could discuss in great detail, he does talk in depth about his experience treating victims of the famous 1942 Cocoanut Grove fire in his oral history interview.

A short biography of Saslow and his contributions to the school can still be found on the Department of Psychiatry website; the Oregonian obituary notice is also available online.

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