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Harold N. Boris ’55

Harold Boris ’55, of heart failure, July 8, 1995, in Boston. He was a psychoanalyst, educator, and author who was on the faculty of the Harvard Medical School at Cambridge Hospital at the time of his death. After graduating from Reed, he pursued graduate studies at the University of Chicago. He joined the faculty of Goddard College in Vermont, where he conducted research on rural mental health through a Ford Foundation grant. In 1967, he began working at Tufts Medical Center, where he developed seminars for residents in community psychiatry and group therapy. He continued this work at Harvard, where he supervised psychiatry residents. Since 1967, he had maintained a private practice for adults and children in Lexington and Boston. He was the author of numerous books and papers on psychoanalytic theory and method, including Passions of the Mind: A Third Principle of Mental Functioning, published in 1993 by NYU Press, and his collected papers, Sleights of Mind, published in 1994 by Jason Aronson Publishers. Survivors include his second wife, a daughter, two sons, a brother, and two stepchildren.

Appeared in Reed magazine: November 1996

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