Sônia Eva Tucherman  (1949-2021)

As the rabbi said to us at the Shloshim (the Jewish prayers for the 30th day of mourning of our dear Sonia Eva), if you’ve learned more than three things from the person with whom you’ve spent time together, you may claim your "filiation" to that individual. It’s an honor to feel close enough to Sonia Eva to be “filiated” by the experiences lived at her side. There were so many insights gained with SE, as she signed herself…Read the rest of the obituary (available in English and Portuguese) by Ana Sabrosa, Sociedade Brasileira de Psicanálise do Rio de Janeiro - SBPRJ.
Take a look at the e-book of 'Almost 30 Years of Humor' Card collection by Sônia Eva Tucherman. In case you wish to download this ebook, please feel free to contact Leonardo Tucherman - [email protected] - to receive it in your email. 

Luis Feduchi (1932-2021)

En recuerdo de Luis Feduchi (1932-2021): Una bonhomía libertaria Por Jorge L. Tizón 

Discretamente se va la vida, y Luis se nos ha ido como había vivido, discreta y sabiamente, el 1 de diciembre de 2022. 
Luis Martínez-Feduchi fue, ante todo, un psiquiatra y un psicoanalista clínico, dedicado de lleno y focalizado en la clínica. Trabajó durante decenios como psicoanalista y miembro de la International Psycho-Analytical Association (IPA) y de la Sociedad Española de Psicoanálisis (SEP). Su querencia por la psiquiatría y el psicoanálisis fue tal, que nada más terminar la carrera en Madrid se trasladó a Barcelona porque era el único lugar en el cual, en los años de la España de Franco, se podía especializar en psicoanálisis. Y tal como él era, lo vio… y lo decidió. Se trasladó “con lo puesto”, orientado por una intuición y un deseo perentorio y decidido, pero meditado y clarividente, como él era. Lee más (en español)

José Manuel Díaz Munguira
En recuerdo de José Manuel Díaz Munguira, un vasco resistente y resiliente Por Jorge L. Tizón
Se nos ha muerto José Manuel Díaz Munguira, un gran amigo y compañero. José Manuel, Jose para los amigos (Donostia 7 de agosto de 1943-Barcelona 25 de enero de 2022), ha sido un psicoanalista de la SEP y la API, psicoterapeuta y psiquiatra de larga trayectoria en nuestra sociedad y a nivel profesional. Había estudiado en Valladolid, cuando todavía no había Facultades de Medicina ni de Psicología en Euskadi y, al terminar la carrera, como otros compañeros vascos, se vino para Barcelona atraído por el europeísmo y el cosmopolitismo incipientes de la capital catalana, tanto a nivel cultural, como a nivel psicoanalítico. Lee más (en español)

Daniel Widlöcher 1929 - 2021, IPA past President

On the 15th of December, I received a message from Marilia Aisenstein informing me that our dear friend and former IPA President Daniel Widlocher had passed away . This was sad news for his family and his many friends around the world, for psychoanalysis and for the IPA.
Daniel Widlocher was born in Paris in 1929, a city where he lived all his life, where he studied, became a psychiatrist, a distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, a researcher, a psychoanalyst, and an active member of the psychoanalytic movement in France and Europe. He was one the most respected psychoanalytic thinkers internationally and the author of many books that show the wide range of his interests. Among them, ‘The Identity of the Psychoanalyst’ ( with Edward Joseph), ‘Infantile Sexuality and Attachment’, ‘Freud et les problems du changement’, ‘Actualité des modèles freudiens’, ‘Les psychanalysts savent-ils dêbatre?’ and ‘Comment on Devient Psychanalyste..Et Comment on le Reste’. Read rest of tribute from Cláudio Laks Eizirik and other tributes from Marilia Aisenstein and Dominique Suchet. Click here

Dr. Roger A. Dufresne, 25 February 1932 - 21 October 2021
It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Dr. Roger A. Dufresne on October 21, 2021. The eldest son of the late Dr. Origène Dufresne and the late Gabrielle Desjardins, he is survived by his children Sylvie (Élie Battat), François (Mireille Vanasse) and Éric, as well as his granddaughter Sandrine Battat. He was preceded by his dear wife Louise, his sisters Manon (Claude Dupras) and Lise (late Pierre Dubuc), as well as his brother Marc (Suzanne Laurent). He is also survived by his sisters-in-law Josette Desmarais (Jean Yves Côté), Lucie Desmarais (Peter O'Brien), Claudie Desmarais (late André Desmarais) and Francine Bénard (late Guy Desmarais), as well as his brother-in-law late Michel Desmarais (Louise Legendre), many nephews, nieces, cousins, friends and colleagues. Subsequent to his studies at the Collège Stanislas, the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Montreal, and the Menninger School of Psychiatry in the United States in 1958, he traveled to Paris where he began his training at the Psychoanalytic Institute of Paris and was psychiatrist-in-chief of the American Hospital of Neuilly. Upon his return to Montreal in 1967, he became a professor at the Université de Montréal, practised at the Hôtel-Dieu, the Albert Prévost Pavilion, the CHUM, and worked in private practice for more than 50 years. He was founding secretary of the Société psychanalytique de Montréal, then successively president of the Canadian Psychoanalytic Society and vicepresident of the International Psychoanalytical Association. In 2011, he was named a Fellow Emeritus of the Société psychanalytique de Montréal. An avid traveler, he loved reading and gardening. A gourmet, he enjoyed sharing the joys of gastronomy with his family and many friends. We would like to thank the CHUM's team located on 14th North, attendants, practical and registered nurses, as well as the doctors, especially Dr. Blais and Dr. Jamal for their dedication, professionalism and kindness. The family will welcome relatives and friends at Mont Royal Cemetery, 1297 Chemin de la Forêt, Outremont on Friday, November 26, 2021 from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., which will be followed at 3 p.m. by a tribute to his memory.
Jorge Kantor
It is with immense sorrow that I communicate on behalf of the SPP the departure of our friend and colleague Jorge Kantor. 
A very dear and prominent member of our institution, he was president, treasurer, scientific secretary, director of the Institute, supervisor and didactic analyst. He was also COWAP liaison, Latin American representative to the IPA Board and Ex Com and member of the Investment Oversight Committee.
He loved psychoanalysis and always did his best in his professional and institutional work. But, above all, he was a beautiful person: a generous and enthusiastic man who accompanied us with tenderness, wisdom and a beautiful smile. 
He has left us before his time. We will miss him very much but his footprints remain within us and we will try to continue to walk in them. 
I extend my condolences to so many friends, some of them dear, that he had in our sister institutions. 
To all, a big hug and this beautiful photo to remember him full of life.
Pilar Gavilano, Peruvian Society of Psychoanalysis, President

Abigail Golomb (1940 – 2021)
It is with deep sorrow that we are parting from Abigail Golomb who passed away after a short illness.
Dr. Golomb, a child and adolescent psychiatrist, was a training and supervisory psychoanalyst at the Israel psychoanalytic society, has been an inspiration to many and has raised generations of students, both in the psychoanalytic society and in the field of psychotherapy and psychiatry in Israel and abroad.
Dr. Golomb was one of the founders of the field of child psychiatry in Israel.
From the early 1990s, she headed the infant and child unit at the Ramat Hen Mental Health Center where, in collaboration with the Association for Children at Risk, she established and developed a network of kindergartens that provided comprehensive dynamic treatment for children with autistic syndrome and other communication disorders. These kindergartens are used to this day as an international model for comprehensive dynamic treatment for children on the Autistic spectrum, and Dr. Golomb still worked there as a psychiatrist, supervising and giving consultations almost until her last day.
She was a pioneer in establishing a legal unit in Israel, she was considered a professional authority and developed courses for judges, lawyers, welfare and care workers. Dr. Golomb was a member of the Committee for the Formulation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child in Israel.
Abigail took active roles in her society IPS, and in the EPF and IPA: she was the President of the Israel Psychoanalytic Society (1996-1999), served as a representative in the House of Delegates of the IPA, was a member of the Supervisory Committee in Turkey, Liaison Committee in South Korea and taught regularly in PIEE: Psychoanalytic Institute of Eastern Europe.
A valued and privileged pioneer and teacher in the field of Israeli psychiatry and psychoanalysis. We will miss her clear and direct voice and her warm smile. 
Ehud Wolpe
Dr. Júlio Campos

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our esteemed colleague and founding member, Dr. Júlio Campos, which occurred yesterday, 27/08/21. A founding and full member of our Institution, he was also an analyst with a full teaching role, and contributed greatly to the Analytic Training of many colleagues as an analyst, supervisor or seminar coordinator. Júlio Campos was always a great collaborator of the Brazilian Institute of Psychoanalysis, bringing his creativity and enthusiasm to its activities and to his management as Director of our Institute of Psychoanalysis.
We are very sorry for this irreparable loss and we join in solidarity and condolences to all bereaved family members, friends and colleagues. Ane Marlise Port Rodrigues (President SBPdePA),  Lores Pedro Meller (Secretary)

Mónica Siedmann de Armesto

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our dear colleague, Dr. Mónica Siedmann de Armesto. She was a tireless worker in psychoanalysis and did an extensive journey in the Argentine Psychoanalytic Association, occupying important positions as Director of the Institute and the Department of Children and Adolescents She was a woman with an enormous capacity for work, lucid, deep in thought and very sensitive at the same time. Monica has made an invaluable contribution to the IPA in different positions, a relevant one was her excellent commitment as General Secretary of the API in the period in which Claudio Eizirik was  President. (2005-2009). In this sad moment we want to be close to her family and friends,  members and analysts in training of the Argentine Psychoanalytic Association and the entire psychoanalytic community. Those of us who knew her and were lucky enough to work with her will keep the memory of her beautiful smile, her strength, her grace and her work towards a pluralistic, international and united psychoanalysis. We will miss her. Virginia Ungar, IPA President
Read full obituary in Spanish written by Cláudio Laks Eizirik.


Jorge Canestri 1942 - 2021
There are many reasons why we decided to write together this text ‘in memoriam’ of Jorge Canestri. The first is in support of one another in facing this very sad task: our mutual friend has parted very recently and the temporal distance that would allow us to accept that Jorge is no longer with us has yet to be established. Another reason is that as we are both in the leadership of two important institutions - the IPA and EPF – and we would like to pass on something of the great contributions he has made to the institutional lives of both. A third reason is that, between us, we thought that we could represent both the Argentinian aspect of Jorge’s personality and pay tribute to the European part as well. We undertake a painful but necessary task, knowing that we will fall short. His personality and great intelligence, his sensitivity, his political ability, his profound knowledge and contributions to psychoanalysis, and also his knowledge of philosophy, science, music, literature and the plastic arts were so vast that they simply cannot be addressed and described fully. Those that had the privilege of considering him a friend (and this definitely included his patients) know also of his capacity to listen, to stay close and available, of his sharp and fun-loving sense of humour, of his tireless energy and work capacity. And how can we forget his pipe, his characteristic smile and way of gazing? His death has been a terrible loss and it will take a lot of time to recover, but we also know that he lives in all of us, the ones who had the chance to be close to him and who will continue to be inspired by his passion for psychoanalysis and his ideas of a fairer world, with less inequity and violence and more care for the planet. To look a bit closer at the man and his work, a good starting point for this tribute is his keynote paper for the 52nd IPA Congress, in which he begins by referring to his memories of meeting Jorge Luis Borges at a very early age. His father would take him to the writer’s conferences in Buenos Aires because “listening to sayings of poets was an experience necessary for the juvenile souls”[1]. Jorge says that he believes he didn’t understand the meaning of the speeches he would listen to at that age, and only later did he understand that he was able to grasp “the magic in the words” of Borges, who was a writer he loved to read and re-read in his adult life. Years later, in 1984 Borges accepted to be interviewed by Jorge (who by then lived in Rome), and they spoke about his father - an old friend of the renowned author – and about their childhood memories. Canestri shares with us that Borges considered this to be the most important time of life, the one in which colours, shapes …. the universe is discovered.  - Read more (full tribute by Virginia Ungar, IPA President, and Heribert Blass, EPF President) 
-Read tribute in Spanish from Jacqueline Amati Mehler on behalf of A.I.Psi. Italian Psychoanalytic Association (EnglishFrench, German)


Prof Dr. med. Andreas Giannakoulas

Andreas Giannakoulas was born at Microcampos in the north of Greece in the summer of 1936 and died in Rome on 30th April 2021.
He loved Greece, its history, the vitality of its people, the bright colours and warm climate with its fresh sea breeze: he looked forward to the summer holidays when he could return to his home-land and its familiar sounds and smells.  Read full obituary written by the Italian Psychoanalytical Association -(AIPsi) Download PDF


Dr. Brian George Bexton November 14, 1946 -  April 21, 2021

It is with a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Dr Brian Bexton, psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, on April 21st, 2021. Known as a caring healer to so many over the years and pioneering advocate for mental health, he leaves behind an important legacy with a ripple effect of compassion that will continue to uplift future generations. As an engaging and charismatic xenophile, he loved to travel the world and could easily connect with people, celebrating their culture with a keen appreciation for world history and relating to them through tales of his adventures. A clever and quick witted academic, scholar, teacher, and stock market aficionado, many will remember him for his leadership, sense of humour and poetic disposition.
His life will continue to be celebrated by those he leaves behind, including his wife of sixteen years Marcella, his beloved son Philippe and his wife Christine, his granddaughters Zoe and Ava, his son-in-law Kian, his brothers Allan, and Harold, his nephew Sean as well as his other family members living abroad, his dear childhood friends and so many others, including colleagues and patients.
On Monday the 26th of April 2021, a private burial will be held for his immediate family, with a commemorative event to be organised at a later date for all who would like to pay tribute to his life.
For those that wish to support Brian’s legacy and honor his memory, we kindly ask that a donation be made to Relief - The path of mental health (formerly Revivre), an organisation he has stewarded as Vice-President for the last 28 years. To make a donation, please use the following link.
Donate: https://myrelief.ca/relief-1/campaign-in-details/brian-g-bexton-in-memoriam-6
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María Luisa Siquier

Obituary written in Spanish by the Comisión de Psicoanálisis del Colegio Oficial de Psicología de Cataluña and the Sección de Psicología Clínica, de la Salud y Psicoterapia. Download PDF

Sara Hilda Fernández Cornejo

Ingresó a la Asociación Psicoanalítica Argentina (APA) en abril de 1958. Fue Tesorera entre 1978 y 1980, supervisora de casos clínicos entre 1979 y 1980, Secretaria de la Comisión Directiva entre 1980 y 1982, Coordinadora del Departamento de Familia y Pareja entre 1986 y 1988, Miembro Titular y Didacta desde 1990 y socia vitalicia desde 2006. Read full obituary written by Silvia Wajnbuch (available in Spanish).

Dr. Marlene Silveira Araújo

Once again we have the very painful duty to communicate to everyone the death of a colleague, our friend and partner Dr. Marlene Silveira Araújo, victim of coronavirus on 22/02/21. Dr. Marlene was a person full of life, of which she dedicated important parts to our Society. She was President of the SPPA, Director of the Institute, creator of the Training Course in Child and Adolescent Psychoanalysis, extremely active as a teacher, supervisor, didactic analyst, member of the Institute, friend and inspiration to many. Her death overwhelms us with a mixture of pain and disbelief, which, together with her imponderable absence, will surely remain as an indelible mark in the history of our institution. A very sad hug to all.
Dr. José Carlos Calich - President & Dra. Maria Cristina Garcia Vasconcellos – Administrative Director, Porto Alegre Psychoanalytic Society

Giulio Cesare Soavi

Giulio Cesare Soavi died this winter; he would have turned ninety-eight in March. 
There is a passage in Tolstoy’s War and Peace which reveals something intrinsic about how Soavi was, not only in the last few months but during the course of his life. Prince Andrey is wounded in the battle of Austerlitz; the moments when one has been hit but does not yet feel pain are narrated. Read full obituary by Claudio Neri, Società Psicoanalitica Italiana - SP 

Terttu Eskelinen de Folch (Pielavesi, 1931–Barcelona, 2021) 

On February 12th, Terttu Eskelinen (Pielavesi, 1931–Barcelona, 2021) passed away. Our teacher, friend, and beloved colleague, come to us from northern Europe, she made this land, language and culture hers, and joined in the struggle for freedom and democracy in Catalonia during the hard years of the Franco dictatorship. Read full obituary