Alfred M. Freedman, M.D., a gifted psychiatrist and social reformer, served as chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences from 1960 until his retirement in 1988. During that time he built the department into an important teaching institution with a large residency program. He also significantly expanded the psychiatric services offered at Metropolitan Hospital, where he was director of psychiatry. Dr. Freedman was an international leader in his field, serving as president of the American Psychiatric Association, the American Psychopathological Association and the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, and founding editor of the Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry. He received the College’s first Terence Cardinal Cooke Award and the APA’s Human Rights Award.
Alfred M. Freedman, M.D., professor and chairman emeritus of psychiatry, died April 17, 2011, at the age of 94.