Winter 2017 Issue
By Joe Mason, MD, MSW, DEAPA
C. Knight Aldrich, MD
We also recognize the passing of a great man and wonderful psychiatrist and teacher, Knight Aldrich. Knight just passed away at the age of 103 and he remained active in our local society until he was 100, giving us a talk just three years ago on empathy. He couldn’t hear a thing, but he retained his wisdom and wit for an unbelievable length of time. Knight was one of my professors during the third year of residency at UVA, leading a weekly formulation conference and it was always educational and deeply psychological. One of the highlights for me was a story he told about a woman obsessed with a powerful man, an embarrassing incident at a campaign party, followed by the politician taking her aside, then driving her home when she suddenly grabbed the wheel of the car and the car plunged off a bridge and into a creek. This was an amazing and eloquent story told over the course of an hour whose characters were disguised until the big reveal…the story of Ted Kennedy and Mary Jo Kopechne from a completely different perspective. It was a memorable performance and it seems like only yesterday to me.
March 9-10, 2018
Hilton Richmond Downtown
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