Samuel B. Guze
Dr. Samuel B. Guze was former head of psychiatry at WU.
BY PAUL HARRIS of the Post-Dispatch
Dr. Samuel B. Guze, former head of psychiatry and vice chancellor for medical affairs at Washington University School of Medicine, died Wednesday (July 19, 2000) at Barnes-Jewish Hospital of complications from a bone marrow disorder. He was 76 and lived in Clayton.
Dr. Guze was among the first to use studies of twins as a means of identifying the role of heredity in psychiatric illness. His work spawned great interest in the genetics of psychiatric disorders.
" Dr. Guze has been one of the people most responsible for the fact that in the last half of the 20th century, psychiatry has moved into the mainstream of medical science," said Dr. Richard W. Hudgens, professor of psychiatry at the school of medicine. "He has been the most articulate and consistent advocate of clinical psychiatry as a scientific endeavor."
" Dr. Guze served as vice chancellor and president of the Washington University Medical Center from 1971 to 1989 - a period of its rapid expansion in medical care and medical research. He was head of the department of psychiatry from 1975 to 1989 and again from 1993 to 1997. Dr. Guze also was psychiatristin-chief at Barnes-Jewish and St Louis Children's hospitals. He trained hundreds of psychiatrists.
In 1980, Dr. Guze and his colleagues helped to create the American Psychiatric Association DSMIII (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders), a manual that has become the standard reference text for diagnosing mental illness. He published more than 200 scientific papers and several books. He was also the recipient of many awards for Ifis contributions, to the advancement of psychiatry, including his most recent in January - the Dr. Thomas William Salmon Medal from the New York Academy of Medicine".
Born in New York, Dr. Guze graduated from a high school in New York at the age of IS and attended the City College of New York. He earned his medical degree from Washington University. He started his career as an internist but switched to pyschiatry.
In 1998, Dr. Guze and his wife of 54 years, Joy, established the Samuel B. Guze Professorship in Psychiatry at Washington University.
He was the Spencer T. Olin professor of psychiatry at Washington University at the time of his death.
A memorial service is planned for September. The body was donated to Washington University School of Medicine. In addition to his wife, survivors include a son, Jonathan D. Guze of Durham, N.C.; a daughter, Jeremy Ann Guze Opitz of Danbury, N.H.; and five grandchildren.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Samuel B. Guze Research Fund in the Department of Psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine,
Campus Box 8134, 660 South Euclid Avenue, St Louis, Mo. 63110.