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Olga Panopoulou - Maratou (1943-2024)
It is with deep sadness that we inform you of the death of Olga Panopoulou -Maratou, training analyst, and former director of training  of the Hellenic Psychoanalytic Society in Athens, Greece. Dr. Maratou obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and Special Education at the University of Geneva under the supervision of Jean Piaget. She then worked as a clinical psychologist and as a researcher in the Department of Child Psychiatry at St. Mary’s Hospital in London, England. 
After returning to Athens, Greece, she was a Professor of Psychology in the Department of Special Education at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. In addition, she worked in a supervisory capacity in public and private organizations serving children with autism. 
Her colleagues, students and friends will remember her for her significant commitment to the field of psychoanalysis, her care for her patients, the transmission of psychoanalytic thought and practice, as well as her interest in research. 
She is survived by a daughter, a son and two grandsons.
On behalf of the executive council of the Hellenic Psychoanalytic Society. 
Christos Zervis, M.D.President 

Baljeet Kaur Mehra (1929-2023)

Baljeet Kaur Mehra was one of the most outstanding psychoanalytic clinicians and teachers of her generation.  She was also a wonderful person.  Those who knew her in her various capacities over the years remark on her beauty, elegance, sense of humour, the range and depth of her intellectuall and cultural interests, her generosity, and capacity for tenderness and affection.  She was also tough-minded, had an unwavering commitment to truth, and could be a rebel.  Always modest, she published little, but her contribution to training others was immense.
Born Baljeet Malhotra in 1929 she entered a well-known academic, political, and creative Sikh family.   Her father, Niranjan Singh, was a Professor of Chemistry, College Principal, writer, and novelist, as well as being a leading Nationalist.  Engaged in Sikh politics, he was “thoroughly opposed to British rule in India” and so deeply influenced by Mahatma Gandhi’s appeal for non-cooperation with the British colonial  government when he first met Gandhi in 1920,  that he preferred homespun khadi to western clothes to the end of his life.  Even if their politics differed, he shared his commitment to the Sikh cause with his brother, Master Tara Singh, who was a central figure nationally in fighting for Sikh rights and identity.  Read full obituary here
Ken Robinson, British Psychoanalytical Society

Marvin Margolis

Marvin Margolis, M.D., Ph.D. was the heart and soul and leading light of the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute, Society and Foundation.  He was a steadying, tireless force and an innovative leader who inspired us to follow his commitment to bettering the lives of others. Countless individuals from across the world have been helped by him over his long lifetime as beloved and respected leader, teacher, analyst, consultant, friend. 

A memorial will be held (online and in -person) to remember and appreciate his contributions to psychoanalysis locally, nationally, and internationally.

Date: 24th February, 2:00-4:00 pm
Venue: Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute, Society and Foundation 
Online: Zoom Meeting link Meeting ID: 945 4423 5124 
Contact: Harvey Falit - [email protected] or Nancy Kulish - [email protected] .

Saul Peña (August 23, 1932 - December 4, 2023)

It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Saúl Peña on December 4, 2023.
Thinking of Saúl Peña elicits gratitude. Soon, it will be the 44th anniversary of the Peruvian Society of Psychoanalysis, an institution that, thanks to his strength, passion, and drive, he co-founded with two colleagues, Max Hernández and Carlos Crisanto.
The sadness of his departure finds solace in remembering his love for psychoanalysis, his love for life, and the great legacy he leaves not only to psychoanalysts and psychotherapists but to our country as well.
Those of us who had the honor of knowing him carry the imprint of his teachings, his courage, his intuition, and his interest in human beings. We are thankful for him embodying the art of living.

The best tribute is to remember him as he recalled his origins and trajectory. Here is a brief account of Saúl:

Saúl Peña Kolenkautsky was born in Jauja on August 23, 1932. He proudly shared that his father was from Jauja, and his mother was of Russian-Jewish descent. He was a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, graduating from the National University of San Marcos. He completed his postgraduate studies at the Institute of Psychiatry at the University of London and trained as a psychoanalyst at the Institute of the British Psychoanalytic Society, under the auspices of the Independent Group. He was also a founding member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in the United Kingdom and a pioneer of psychoanalysis in Peru. He was one of the founders of the Peruvian Society of Psychoanalysis in January 1980. We will miss him very much. He analyzed with Paula Heimann, was a disciple of Winnicott, who supervised his cases with children and adolescents. He also learned from Adam Limentani, Charles Rycroft, Marion Milner, and Masud Khan. A visionary with a deep love for Peru and psychoanalysis, he returned from London and began supervising, working with groups, adults, children, and adolescents. He also began giving theoretical and technical seminars at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru and at the Institute of the Peruvian Society of Psychoanalysis. He initiated psychoanalysis in Peru in the 1970s. Saúl was adept at transmitting his learning, both in classes and in his daily interactions. He received multiple awards and distinctions, including the Grand Cross (2014), Doctor Honoris Causa from the Continental University of Huancayo (2012), recognition from the Regional Government of Junín in the category of Sol Libertario (2011), and honorary recognition for invaluable contributions to Peruvian medicine, with the Medal and Diploma of Honor for Merit and Extraordinary Merit from the Medical College of Peru and the Peruvian Psychiatric Association (2009). He was a Honorary Professor at the National University of San Marcos (2006), a Visiting Professor at the Peruvian University Cayetano Heredia, President of the Psychoanalytic Federation of Latin America FEPAL (1992-1994), Honorary President of the Peruvian Society of Psychoanalysis (1987), and received recognition from the Hermilio Valdizán Hospital upon the inauguration of the Dynamic Psychotherapy Service "Saúl Peña Kolenkautsky." He was a founding member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists in London and the author of the book "Psychoanalysis of Corruption: Politics and Ethics in Contemporary Peru" (2003).

Saúl takes with him many stories heard, many lives saved, and leaves us a great legacy that honors us to continue. Generous, warm, and strong. Thank you for your life and your dedication to Peru and psychoanalysis. Soar high.

Graciela Cardó, President of SPP

Eduardo Gastelumendi (1 April 1957 - 9 January 2024)

It is my duty to inform you with great sadness and regret, on behalf of the Peruvian Society of Psychoanalysis and the family, that our beloved Eduardo Gastelumendi passed away today at 8:00 am. He left us in peace and enlightenment. We are grateful for his life, and for his contributions to psychoanalytic institutions in Peru and in the world. We will miss him greatly, we will be comforted by his legacy.

Expresamos nuestras condolencias a la familia del Dr. Eduardo Gastelumendi, fallecido aye, 9 enero 2024. Él fue un gran soporte para muchos sobrevivientes de abuso eclesial, en especial, víctimas del Sodalicio. Un profesional de primer nivel, reconocido por su trabajo y su calidad personal.
Graciela Cardó, President of SPP