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Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute & Society

Frederick F. Shevin, M.D.

Frederick F. Shevin, M.D.

In Memoriam

When Dr. Frederick Shevin died on November 26, 2010, at the age of 89, the Institute lost one of its most senior members. A native Detroiter, Dr. Shevin obtained his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and graduated from Wayne State University School of Medicine in 1946. After completing an internship year at Grace Hospital, he relocated to New York for an internal medicine residency at Goldwater Memorial Hospital, which he completed in 1950. He switched to psychiatry and completed a second residency at Kings County Hospital, after which he undertook psychoanalytic training at the State University of New York, Downstate Medical Center Psychoanalytic Institute. By 1963, he had returned to Detroit, joining the Psychoanalytic Training Center of Detroit under the auspices of the New York Psychoanalytic Institute.

At the Michigan Psychoanalytic Institute, he held the elected office of Treasurer, and was appointed Fellow of the Board on Professional Standards of the American Psychoanalytic Association. As a Training and Supervising Analyst--an appointment he held from 1979 on--he was a standing member of the Educational Committee. Throughout his long career, Dr. Shevin was continuously involved in local committee work, serving as chairman of several important Institute committees--Curriculum Committee, Finance Committee, Utilization Review and Peer Review Committee, and the Library Committee. He served as a regular and long-standing member on many others, notably the Candidate Progression Committee. He was involved in several Society committees as well, chairing the Committee on Relations with Other Professional Societies and the National Psychoanalytic Issues Committee, and serving on the Program Committee.

Dr. Shevin taught actively at the Institute, contributing teaching time each year to both the candidates and the students in the Extension Division (now known as the Continuing Education Division).

He held a long-standing appointment as Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at Wayne State University and was a member of the Oakland County Medical Society since 1973. In recent years, he had scaled back his Institute activities to free up more time to enjoy what mattered to him most--his family--but he continued to maintain an active caseload, still seeing patients right up until the last week of his life.

Dr. Shevin leaves behind his wife of 64 years, Helen Shevin, three children, Dr. William (Nancy) Shevin, David (Danielle) Shevin and Eileen (Michael Finck) Shevin-Finck, seven grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews to mourn his loss. Dr. Shevin was known by all but the newest members of the Institute and Society as supervisor, analyst, colleague or friend. He will be remembered as a man who enriched the life of the Institute and the personal and professional lives of many of its members.