, Volume 45, Issue 7, pp 681-693
Date: 11 Jun 2010

A tribute to Lee Nelken Robins: from colleagues and friends

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On September 25, 2009, Lee Nelken Robins, Ph.D., professor emeritus of Social Science in Psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, died peacefully at her home, after a long battle with cancer. On that day, the field lost a world leader in psychiatric epidemiology.

Born August 29, 1922, in New Orleans, Robins earned a doctoral degree from Harvard University/Radcliffe College in 1951. She joined the faculty at Washington University School of Medicine in 1954 as a research assistant in psychiatry and rose to the rank of full professor in 1968. From 1957 until 1963, she also served as a lecturer and an adjunct associate professor of Sociology; from 1969 to 1991, she served as professor of Sociology, and was professor in the Program for Social Thought and Analysis from 1991 until her retirement from the University in 2001. She founded and directed the Master’s Program in Psychiatric Epidemiology at the School of Medicine, a one of a kind graduate program for mental ...

A note from the editor in chief: Lee Robins was for several years on the board of Social Psychiatry, as this journal then was, and her work has continuing and central relevance to our subject. This is clear from what is written below, which serves as a journey round scientific developments of crucial importance in the last five decades. On a personal note, it is strange to read about this greatly distinguished woman and her legacy, and then to remember the down-to-earth person I used to kidnap and take to the pub whenever she was over at the Institute of Psychiatry. She had a most un-academic laugh. She and Eli were kindness itself when I was asked to give the 1987 Eli Robins lecture in St. Louis. We are pleased and honored to publish this selection of tributes to the late Lee Robins.