Bernard Perry Ottenberg, Psychiatry
Bernard Perry Ottenberg, professor of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania, died on March 7. He was 92 years old.
Dr. Ottenberg was born in Philadelphia and attended Oak Lane Country Day School and Central High School. He attended Temple University for one year before he was drafted into the US Army and served in South Asia for about three years. After being honorably discharged, he attended Harvard University, earning an AB in 1948 and an MD in 1952.
Dr. Ottenberg’s career at Penn began with a residency in psychiatry at HUP in 1952. He became a research fellow in 1956 and was appointed clinical professor in 1970. He retired in 2015. While teaching at Penn, he also maintained a private psychiatry practice which lasted for nearly 60 years.
Throughout his career, he published more than 100 articles in psychiatric journals and general newspapers, many of which are included in the manuscript collection Psychiatry and Social Issues.
Dr. Ottenberg was a member and leader of the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry. He was also active on the American Friends Service Committee, the Viola W. Bernard Foundation and the boards of Moore College of Art & Design and the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
Dr. Ottenberg is survived by his wife of 65 years, June (Chamberlain), a retired Temple University professor of music; four children; nine grandchildren; and two great grandchildren. A memorial service will be announced in a few weeks.
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