Marianne Horney Eckardt, M.D. February 12, 1913–August 31, 2018

  • Jeffrey B. RubinEmail author
In Memoriam

There are some people who have such an amazing life force that you think—and hope—that they will live forever. If truth be told, you can’t imagine life without them. And when they die, it is as if there is a massive hole in the universe.

Marianne Horney Eckardt was such a person. Born in Berlin in 1913, Dr. Eckardt, the middle daughter of psychoanalyst Karen Horney, studied medicine at the universities of Freiburg, Berlin, and Chicago (see Eckardt, 2005; Patterson, 2006; Tait, 2010), and possessed great knowledge of psychoanalytic history. She said that psychoanalysis was part of her blood (Eckardt, 1974). When she was born, her mother was a resident in psychiatry, just completed her analysis with Karl Abraham, became an early member of the Berlin Psychoanalytic Society, and later its secretary from 1915. Marianne often recalled that many of the most prominent members of the Berlin Psychoanalytic Institute were frequent visitors of their home (see Rubins, 1978).

She completed her...



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.North SalemUSA

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