In Memorium

Michael Franz Basch


Richard C. Marohn

19th Annual Conference on the Psychology of the Self
Washington, D. C.
October 17-20, 1996

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Since our 1995 Annual Conference, the International Council has been diminished by the loss of two loved and esteemed members, Mike Basch and Dick Marohn.

Michael Franz Basch died on January 24, 1996, at the age of 66. Born in Berlin, Germany, Mike came to the United States when he was 10 years old and lived all of the remainder of his life in Chicago. At the time of his death he was training and supervising analyst at the Institute for Psychoanalysis of Chicago and in private practice.

Mike was primarily interested in the practice of psychotherapy and was the author of four outstanding books in this area, three of which are Doing Psychotherapy, Understanding Psychotherapy, and Practicing Psychotherapy. His final book, Doing Brief Psychotherapy, was published shortly before he became ill. In fact, the first signs of his illness were noted a few days after a surprise publishing party was held for him. The party was a fitting close to his illustrious career.

Mike was a teacher both in his books and in his presence. He lectured far and wide on psychotherapy and had a significant influence on the training of young clinicians both in Chicago and internationally. He was an indefatigable student, and one memorable statement from one of his children, who when asked what her father did while she was in kindergarten, replied: "He studies."

The son of a physician father, Mike and his wife Carol were the proud parents of three physicians: Gail-Marie, Thomas, and John. He is also survived by three grandchildren.

Arnold Goldberg

Richard C. Marohn died late Sunday, November 19, 1995, of a devastating, destructive encephalitis. He had just turned 61. Dick had been ill for only two weeks and had not previously been seriously ill. That fact, coupled with his age and with the neurological devastation of his illness, added to the grief of his family, friends, patients, and colleagues. There was no anticipatory mourning. No feeling that his death was timely or expectable. Only surprise, shock, pain, disbelief, and emptiness,

Dick was known and loved for his friendliness, warmth, and intellect. He was large of heart, large of mind, and, yes, large of body. His professional attainments were many and widely recognized. He specialized in treating adolescents, and wrote three books, and more than 50 articles about adolescence and adolescent violence. His most recent book on that topic was John Wesley Hardin, The Last Gunfighter. Dick taught at several universities and at many national meetings. He will be remembered here by all those who attended the introductory class in self psychology that he co-taught for many years at our annual meetings.

Dick is survived by his wife Judi, his former wife Ann; three children, Rick, Katie, and Susan, five grandchildren, and myriads of friends.

Robert J. Leider

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