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Mental Health Community Mourns Passing of Wayne Fenton

The mental health community mourns the loss of Wayne Fenton, Director of the Division of Adult Translational Research and Associate Director for Clinical Affairs at the National Institute of Mental Health. He was apparently killed in his Bethesda, Maryland office on Sunday, September 3, 2006. (see Washington Post news article for more details).

To read more about Fenton's work and the respect with which he is remembered, visit the NIMH and NARSAD websites.

Further News Coverage

A Psychiatrist Is Slain, and a Sad Debate Deepens, New York Times

Mourners Recall Slain Doctor As a Caring 'Fixer of Others', Washington Post

Patient Charged with Murder of Schizophrenia Expert, Psychiatric Times

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Comment by:  William Carpenter, SRF Advisor (Disclosure)
Submitted 8 September 2006 Posted 8 September 2006

The following was circulated in the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology:

Sunday afternoon, September 3, 2006, we lost an outstanding leader of psychiatric research and a wonderful person. Wayne Fenton, M.D. was found dead in his office, the victim of a homicide while providing an urgent consultation to a 19-year-old psychotic patient. During his tenure at Chestnut Lodge, Dr. Fenton and Dr. Tom McGlashan conducted the influential long-term follow-up study of Lodge patients which clarified the limitations of therapeutics for schizophrenia. In his role as Director and CEO of Chestnut Lodge Hospital he transformed that institution from a long stay hospital with a focus on intensive psychotherapy for schizophrenia into a modern facility providing integrated psychosocial and pharmacotherapy for severely ill persons.

He joined NIMH in 1999, and during the past two years he has served as both Director of the Division of Adult Translational Research and Associate Director for Clinical Affairs. He provided the leadership that enabled NIMH to define the unmet treatment...  Read more

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Comment by:  Thomas McGlashan
Submitted 14 September 2006 Posted 14 September 2006

This eulogy was given at a memorial service for Wayne Fenton on September 7, 2006.

My name is Tom McGlashan, a friend and colleague of Wayne Fenton’s. I also speak for my wife Patricia.

Wayne has touched all of us in many ways—so many ways it is hard to condense in a few words. I will focus on the parts around which he and I interacted the most—his work.

Wayne Fenton entered my life when he came to Chestnut Lodge Hospital in the mid-1980s. His arrival was one of the best things that ever happened to me. He came to Chestnut Lodge in part drawn by a research follow-up study I had begun there. I was excited because his arrival doubled the size of our research department. But I was also nervous, never having been a mentor, never having had a mentee. But I didn’t have to worry for long. He was a natural. He didn’t need much guidance. Before I knew it, the research department was producing more than double its prior output. In what seemed like no time, a dozen papers emerged from the department and floated forth with almost uncontested peer-review...  Read more

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