I am saddened by Bert’s passing in a way which I cannot explain. I was at many conferences where Bert presented. He was always respectful of everyone’s opinion and he always recognized others’ contributions. I recall when a group of us went to congress to talk with them about alternatives to psychotropics. He never used psychotropics in the care of people with whom he worked. He was realistic but hopeful about the changes he thought would be helpful in his profession.
Bert’s wife, Mary was always central to his life. When they had the tragic accident which resulted in Bert’s quadriplegia, Mary was not injured. However, she had congestive heart failure and I am sure the strain of the accident and putting things in place for Bert’s care took its toll. A few years after the accident Mary passed away.
Mary was very wise and advised Bert to never quit working. Bert continued to contribute professionally until a few days before his death.
Bert’s book, “Psychotherapy of Schizophrenia” is groundbreaking and will be a guide to future psychotherapists.
I will always remember what Bert said about schizophrenia, and that it is about a person experiencing terror. That rings true for me and I will always remember what Bert taught me about extraordinary things that then became understandable.