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Memoir

Humberto Nagera Perez
Regents' Proceedings 993

Humberto Nagera-Perez, M.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, will retire from active faculty status as of January 31, 1987, after a most productive career as a teacher, clinician, and researcher at The University of Michigan.

A native of Cuba, Dr. Nagera received his B.Sc. degree from the Maristas School in 1945 and his M.D. degree from the University of Havana Medical School in 1952. He completed his internship and psychiatric residency at University Hospital in Havana in 1955. After a short period of service on the faculty of the University of Havana, Dr. Nagera began his psychoanalytic training at the London Institute of Psychoanalysis in 1958, where he qualified as both an adult and child analyst. In 1959, he joined the staff of the Hampstead Child Therapy Clinic in London, where he served as a key training analyst and as chairman of three major research groups. In addition to his teaching at the Hampstead Clinic, Dr. Nagera served as a regular visiting lecturer and research organizer at the University of Leiden in Holland from 1966-68.

Dr. Nagera joined The University of Michigan Medical School faculty in 1968 as a professor of psychiatry. With the support of the department of psychiatry and the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute, he was instrumental in the establishment of the Child Analytic Study Program and served as its director for several years. During his tenure as director, the program was recognized as a model for the training of resident physicians and others in psychoanalytically oriented child psychotherapy. Dr. Nagera also served as chief of the child and adolescent psychiatry service from 1973-79. Since 1982, he has been the director of the department's psychotherapy program.

Dr. Nagera's contributions and achievements as a clinician, teacher, and researcher have been internationally recognized. He is considered to be one of the foremost scholars of Freud. Among his publications are several chapters in the highly regarded book, Psychoanalytic Study of the Child. He has served the department and the field of child psychiatry in a highly dedicated fashion, and has been the inspiration for many clinicians now committed to the study and treatment of problems in children.

The Regents now salute this distinguished member of the faculty for his exemplary service by naming Humberto Nagera-Perez, M.D., Clinical Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry.