In Remembrance: Harold H. Davidson ’44 Died on September 12 2016

Harold Davidson died on September 12, 2016, in Sunnyvale, California. He was 93 years old. After graduating Yale, he received his medical degree from the Long Island College of Medicine. He deferred his military service to attend medical school and then served in the USAF medical reserve in Wiesbaden, Germany, during the Korean War. He received further training as a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst and was in private practice for many years in Detroit, Michigan. In 1978 he moved to Hartford, Connecticut, and received an appointment as associate clinical professor in psychiatry at the Child Study Center at Yale Medical School. In 1980, he moved to Boston and received an appointment as lecturer in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He is survived by his two children (including Josh Davidson ’81).

—Submitted by the family.

5 remembrances

  • John Thomas Jefferson
    John Thomas Jefferson, 1:46am March 20 2018 | Ico flag Flag as inappropriate

    I love you, my great and special friend. You gave so much to me, to everyone. So warm, loving, decent, brilliant. Life is hard. I've missed you and deeply sorry for hurting you and those that love you. John

  • Douglas Wolter,MA
    Douglas Wolter,MA, 9:31am January 14 2020 | Ico flag Flag as inappropriate

    It was an honor to have worked with him in Birmingham Michigan.

  • mohan nair MD
    mohan nair MD , 8:54pm January 17 2022 | Ico flag Flag as inappropriate

    I just came to find out that Dr Harold Davidson had passed away in 2016 .I have great respect and fondness for Dr.Davidson.He was a mentor to me at McLean Hospital/Harvard 1981-83 and I owe a great deal to him for my personal and professional growth .I had met him a a few times over the years when I attended meetings in Boston but then lost touch
    He was such a wonderful person and has always been in my thoughts and in my heart

  • Deborah Duitch  MD
    Deborah Duitch MD, 2:12pm February 06 2022 | Ico flag Flag as inappropriate

    Harold was an amazing mentor when we worked together. I always found his case histories and depth of knowledge so helpful.
    Baruch Daayan haemet

  • David Small
    David Small, 5:06pm February 28 2023 | Ico flag Flag as inappropriate

    I was Harold‘s patient in Detroit for almost 10 years in the 1960’s, from the age of 14 to 26, and we stayed in touch every year until his death. It isn’t hyperbole to say that he saved my life. Much later on, I honored him in my graphic memoir “Stitches” (a National Book Award Finalist). I disguised him by making him into Alice’s White Rabbit because, like that character, it was he who led me down into my subconscious. There he taught me to confront my monsters and to read my dreams. He was the most important influence in my life. I loved him like a father and I will never forget him.

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