Monday, November 14, 2011

Just Who Was Gertrude R. Ticho, M.D.?

Gertrude R. Ticho, psychoanalyst and Psychiatry professor, died of cardiac dysrhythmia and coronary artery disease on February 10, 2004. She was a clinical professor of Psychiatry at the GW Medical School. Dr. Ticho and her husband, psychoanalyst Ernst Ticho, supervised and trained analysts at the Baltimore-Washington Psychoanalytic Society and later at the Washington Psychoanalytic Society. They also had a private psychoanalytic practice. Dr. Ticho was born Gertrude Ruth Hollwarth in Vienna and graduated in 1944 from the University of Vienna Medical School. She did her psychoanalytic training at the Vienna Psychoanalytic Institute after World WarII, then in the late 1940s left Vienna for São Paulo, Brazil, where she had a private psychoanalytic practice. In 1956, she married Ernst Ticho, a wartime concentration camp survivor, whom she had met during their psychoanalytic training inVienna. They moved to Topeka, Kansas, after their marriage and both joined the staff of the Menninger Clinic. She was a supervising and training analyst in child and adult psychoanalysis. From 1969 to1974, she was director of the Topeka Psychoanalytic Institute. At GW, she received the faculty award for teacher of the year in 1980. She is survived by a sister.

Ernst and Gertrude Ticho were experts in creativity studies and the authors of numerous papers.  Ernst Ticho was a mentor of Otto Kernberg, M.D.

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