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Thomas Stephen Szasz

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My heart has broken at the loss of my friend, mentor, and great contributor to the world. He will be missed, by so many, and I will remember Tom for all he was to me, as a professional fighting his fight, and as his friend. My deepest condolences to his daughters and families, and all who know the world will be a bit less bright for his absence. May he rest in peace. He deserves that.

Posted by: Jacqueline Roig - Chicago, IL - Friend   Sep 12, 2012

As the tornadoes came and went this past weekend, the great and under-appreciated spirit of Thomas Szasz MD also left the world (1920-2012).

Posted by: Babette Babich, Ph.D. - New York, NY - ColleagueZWX   Sep 12, 2012

My dearest condolences to the family and close friends of Dr. Szasz. May you be comforted in knowing that his legacy as co-founder of the Citizens Commission on Human Rights not only lives on, but grows stronger and continues to save lives. His professional work greatly enriched not only our Syracuse community but has had a global impact. Where there is darkness, CCHR is bringing light. CCHR's annual candlelight vigil in memory of Gabriel Myers is proof of that. God Bless.

Posted by: Maria Casciano-Mangicaro - Syracuse, NY   Sep 12, 2012

Condolences to you and your families, Margot and Suzy. Sincerely, Deb(Hitchcock)Dufel

Posted by: Deborah Hitchcock Dufel - Mackay   Sep 12, 2012

True lights of science never really go away, he maybe gone in his physical form, but, his ideas will keep on.


Posted by: Janine - Turriff, Scotland - Online aquitance   Sep 12, 2012

rest in peace dr. szasz - i will greatly miss you - it is up to us now to carry on your torch.

Posted by: Melanie - Westhampton, NY   Sep 12, 2012

Dear Suzy and Margot, We are very sad to hear of your Dad's death. He was always so nice to me when I spent time at your house when we were young. He had a wonderful life and he will certainly be remembered by people around the world. We will keep you and your Dad in our prayers.

Posted by: Beth and Bob Fini - Manassas, VA   Sep 12, 2012

Reading Thomas Szasz books at an early age greatly influenced my thinking and career. A visionary in the psychiatric dark ages, his spirit lives on in all he touched with his ideas Peace be xxx

Posted by: nicky bettany - edinburgh   Sep 12, 2012

Although I had only one direct contact with Dr. Szasz by email in the hopes of arranging a visit to Wagner College, I did not meet him. I regret this since I consider him to have been one of the great voices of clarity and sense in the last half of the 20th century and on into the new era.

Posted by: Miles Groth, PhD - New York, NY   Sep 11, 2012

Never in my life have I read or seen a stronger advocate against coercion in general, than Thomas S. Szasz. Nothing was more sacred to him than freedom from coercion, and that applies not just to psychiatry but to life in general. He is my all-time favorite libertarian.

Posted by: Lee Killough - IL   Sep 11, 2012