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Stanford Report, August 9, 2000

Alfred Bochner, local psychiatrist, dies at 88 

Alfred Bochner, MD, a Palo Alto psychiatrist and former clinical faculty member, died June 26 at the age of 88.

Bochner, who was born Sept. 15, 1911, in Canada, received his medical degree at the University of Toronto in 1938. During World War II he served in the Royal Canadian Air Force as a senior medical officer in hospitals devoted to the care of psychiatric casualties of the war.

Bochner held posts with the University Hospitals of Cleveland (Case-Western Reserve University) and served as senior research fellow with the Institute for the Study of Human Problems (Stanford University). From 1967 he served on the clinical faculty and as a lecturer in the psychiatry and behavioral sciences department at Stanford medical school. His wide-ranging interests included post-traumatic syndromes in head injuries, treatment of alcoholism, studies in sports sciences and medicine and in depression among college students. In addition, Bochner was a pioneer in biological treatments of psychiatric disorders, including the use of electroconvulsive therapy for severe depression.

He was a life fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine. From 1964 to 1969, Bochner chaired the Olympic Medical Committee for Northern California.

He is survived by a daughter, Mary Ord, of Kirkland, Wash.; a son, William Bochner, of Kentfield; two sisters; two stepchildren; and two grandchildren.

Memorial contributions in support of psychiatric research may
be made to - Stanford University (A. Bochner Fund), Stanford Office of
Medical Development, 770 Welch Road, #400, Palo Alto, Calif. 94304.