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Dr. Harold Galef, 83, Scarsdale Psychiatrist

SCARSDALE, N.Y. – Dr. Harold R. Galef of Scarsdale died May 13. He was 83.

Galef was an associate professor emeritus in clinical psychology at Albert Einstein School of Medicine in Bronx, N.Y. and a former director of the Westchester Center for the Study of Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy. He also practiced locally in Scarsdale.

Born in Manhattan, Galef graduated from William Howard Taft High School at the age of 16 and from Syracuse University four years later. He earned a master's degree in psychology from Columbia University and went on to receive a medical doctorate from Chicago Medical School.

Following graduation, Galef worked as a psychiatrist in the Public Health Service. He married Winifred Kron and began training at the New York Psychoanalytic Institute, graduating when he was 40.

Galef was a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a member of the American Academy of Psychoanalysis. He also maintained a private psychiatric practice in New York City. Widowed at 41, he then married Bernice Schutzer, who survives him.

A lifelong music devotee, he sang in the Collegiate Chorale and other choruses. Galef was an avid tennis player until he sustained knee injuries and was also a keen walker. He traveled throughout world with his family, including to Europe, South America, China and India. Of all countries, he was most fascinated with Italy, leading to investments in Italian lessons and home espresso machines.

Galef also wrote poetry and was known to his family for having a "real verve for life." Independent in his work, he was not affiliated with any specific school of analysis.

He is survived by his wife, Bernice; a daughter, Debby Galef; a son, David Galef; a stepdaughter, Dena Schutzer; a stepson, David Schutzer; a sister, Marian Weinberg and seven grandchildren.

A memorial will be held at 4 p.m. on June 6 at the Women's Club, 37 Drake Road, Scarsdale, NY 10583.

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