Condolence & Memory Journal


Thanks for enlighten our path

Posted by Jorge Hinestroza - Maracaiho - Friend   January 07, 2018

I'll never forget the time I first heard of DR. THOMAS May,1970 on the "Dick Cavett" Show. He was talking about prizefighter Joe Louis...and then the title of his book,THE MYTH OF MENTAL ILLNESS,came up. What? A psychiatrist CRITICAL of the system?

As I then lived in Houston,Texas,and had been electroshocked 7 times (brainwashed is what it really is,call a spade a spade) this was VERY refreshing news.

Later I found out about CCHR...and their people gave me Szasz' email.

I met Dr. Szasz,at his last Southern California appearance,Oct.28,2011. He signed my book and we took a photo.

One-of-a-kind pioneer who TRULY will be missed. I hear his colleague,Dr. Schaler,is carrying on his work.Someday there will be an end to misguided Big Psychiatry.

Posted by Ronald Vaughan - Beverly Hills, CA - Acquaintance   September 08, 2017


Incredible man, incredible life, and legacy... Your arguments live on and will be proven one day...

Posted by Carina Gillon - Chula Vista, CA - someone who looks up to him   March 23, 2014

Dr. Szasz, You have entirely opened up my eyes as a counseling student and a young professional. You served your time on this world in such a beautiful way. With the release of the DSM-V, we must band together. At one time I planned to drop everything I was doing to meet you and I deeply regret I didn't. I will continue to hold your teachings close to my brain and my heart. You will never be forgotten. Thank you Dr. Szasz

Posted by Tim    May 13, 2013

Dear sons, daughters, and other relatives of the late great Doc Szasz....history shall be kind to your dad....Date for America's Reestablishment has been set for April 15, 2020. I hope this nation of ours will have come close to having 20-20 vision by that forthcoming book, THE REESTABLISHMENT PROJECT, is dedicated to his memory...long live the words and deeds of the great 20th and 21st century thinker-teacher....All the best, Mark

Posted by Mark S. Weiss - Las Vegas, NV - email pen pal.....friend...   April 07, 2013

"Heroes have the whole earth for their tomb; in lands far from their own, where the column with its epitaph declares it, there is enshrined in every breast a record unwritten with no tablet to preserve it, except that of the heart."

Pericles' Funeral Oration as recorded by Thucydides

Posted by Stephen - São Paulo, Brasil - Study his Works / Acquaintance   April 01, 2013

My late husband Michael Paley worked with Tom on a few books while employed as a copy editor at Transaction Publishers. Michael enjoyed talking to him and they developed a very warm, cordial relationship. He requested Michael specifically prior to his passing (end of 2006) to edit his books and was very upset to hear of his passing. While Michael was ill, he sent a gift basket of Kosher chocolate as it was Chanukah time. Michael very much admired Tom - I was sorry to hear of his passing.

Posted by Andrea Pernikoff - Edison, NJ - wife of late Michael Paley   January 16, 2013

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year for every Pioneers ! Thomas Stephen Szasz, M.D. was Pioneers ! All the Jedi Warrior already stand up ! All the Jedi Warrior already on fight position ! Although there are lots of bad news,but all the Jedi Warrior are still fighting ! Until all enemy are burnt to ashes and buried! The list already complete !

Posted by Kill Bill    December 26, 2012

I just heard about Dr. Szasz's passing. As a college student at PSU in the late 70's, I read The Myth of Mental Illness. I keep a copy of that book in my personal archives and go back to it frequently for reference. I never met Dr. Szasz, but he had a profound impact on my formation of mental "diseases". I appreciate his body of work, his honesty and dedication to disseminating truth. He will be missed, but his work will live on in books and in the hearts of those he helped to enlighten.

Posted by Dona Witmer - Conestoga, PA - fan   December 23, 2012

The language of the Constitution, said Frederick Douglass in 1895, is "We the people-not we the white people, not even we the citizens, not we the privileged class, not we the high, not we the low, but we the people...we the human inhabitants; and if Negroes are people they are included in the benfits for which the Constitution of America was ordained and established."

I suggest that what Frederick Douglass said about the Negro, we now extend and apply to the so-called mentally ill: If they are people, they, too, are included in the benefits for which the Constitution of the United States was ordained and established. And if they are not people, what are they?

-Thomas S. Szasz, M.D.


Posted by Bill - Providence, RI   November 04, 2012

I owe you so much. Words cannot express the profound change your books have had on my perspectives on mental life. You have provided me with so many inspiring ideas over the years, I am a better psychologist thanks to you. You were a brave man and a great philosopher!

Posted by Malin Hildebrand Karlén    October 22, 2012


Thank you Tom for turning on so many lights for me in what can be a very dark world.
You will be missed by those who knew you and by millions who will never hear you name.

Posted by Peter Chist - Cazenovia, NY - Friend   October 15, 2012

I discovered the work of Dr. Szasz in 1967. I heard him speak in Syracuse, New York, in 1971, at the first meeting of the AAAIMH, and in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1974. I exchanged several letters with him, and he kindly sent me an inscribed copy of his 1971 book IDEOLOGY AND INSANITY. I look upon Dr. Szasz and Ayn Rand as the two greatest American moral philosophers of the twentieth century. I shall be eternally grateful to them for their books, essays, clarity of thought and writing, and moral courage.

Posted by David Schroth - St. Louis, MO   October 09, 2012

I was Dr. Szas's secretary for a short time in 1957 and reconnected during the past few years over the pro-life issue. He was a great man and wonderful person. I typed the beginning of "The Myth of Mental Illness" manuscript and was surprised to find it in book stores out here in California years later. I was so sorry to read of his death and send my condolences to his beloved family. Sincerely, Carole Roadarmel

Posted by Carole (Hayes) Roadarmel - Santa Maria, CA   October 04, 2012

天空如此阴霾,我心如此苍凉,你的离去,只不过是坚定了我们反击的意志!—— 来自中国 —————————————————— The sky is so haze, My heart is so desolate, Your departure, Firm our counterattack determination! From:China ------------------------------------- 你是一个英雄!你是一个斗士!斗士的终点是坟墓!我们会永远怀念你! ————来自中国的精神科幸存者 —————————————————— You are a hero! You are a fighter! Fighter’s terminal point is grave ! We will miss you forever! ————Psychiatric survivors from China

Posted by Fight Back    October 03, 2012

I am very sad about Thomas Szasz's passing, now feeling a little bit alone.

In 2008, when I was a student of psychology in Regensburg, Germany, not satisfied with what I heard at university, I began trying out "Schizophrenie." At once I was enthralled by Szasz's language, acumen and sophistication, by his intellect. Since then nearly every single day until now I have been reading his writings. 17 books until now (I am a very slow reader, I want to understand him properly), currently I am enjoying "Ideology and Insanity."
When I am reading something of him, I feel understood, as I would really talk with him. So gradually he became something like a friend to me, although I never had real contact with him. I always wanted to write him, just saying "thank you!" and how much I admire his work, but I did not. Now I regret this. So I wanted to write something here at least.

His ideas will live on through me.
Thank you, Thomas Szasz, for helping me to become a clear, critical thinker and for inspiring me so greatly!

Thomas from Regensburg, Germany.

Posted by Thomas Maar - Regensburg, Germany   October 01, 2012

Sincere condolences on the loss of such an esteemed gentleman who I met when I was a kindergarten teacher at Charles Andrews School in Syracuse (1960 -1961) and had the good fortune to have Suzy in my class. She was such a bright, inquisitive youngster and a pleasure to have as a student.The Myth of Mental Illness was given to me at the end of the yearas a gift by the family and personalized to me. Interestingly, my sister-in-law (Lynn Koss) and brother-in-law (Dr. Marvin Koss) and mother-in-law live in Fayetteville. My brother-in-law, Marvin Koss, is also a psychiatrist and works at Upstate Medical School. It is he who now has ownership of the book. I remember Suzy fondly from class, and when I saw the obituary, I had to respond as I knew the family.Please accept my condolences upon your loss. My name, at that time, was Gloria Goodman. It would be nice to hear from Suzy.

Posted by Gloria Raskin - Mt. Kisco, NY   October 01, 2012

Thoughts and prayers to the Szasz family at your time of loss. Occurring as it did with the holydays must have been difficult for the family. Your father must be as proud of you now as he was during his time with you. Ose shalom bimromav.

Posted by Thomas Bubnack - NY   October 01, 2012

Dr. Szasz was a scholar, a gentleman, and a good friend and colleague to my father, Robert Seidenberg, M.D. Dr. Szasz wrote to my father on a page of his book, The Myth of Mental Illness, "To Bob, a true friend, with deep affection and gratitude" and signed, "Tom, May 14, 1974." Dad died two years ago but I know if he were alive, he would want to say those words to "Tom" and his family. Dr. Szasz will be missed.

Posted by Laurie Seidenberg - Charlottesville, VA   September 29, 2012


I was shocked to learn of Dr. Szasz's death. It's still hard to believe he's gone this genius of a man. I owe him much. I was a psychiatric resident in the early 1960's at the Upstate Medical Center in Syracuse; Dr. Szasz was my mentor and my confidant. I remember well the battle we residents waged on his behalf to stand up for academic freedom and stop the State Bureaucracy from punishing him for his "inflamatory rhetoric." His passion for freedom and sutonomy was inspirational. No one could slice through hypocracy better. Yet I often felt he was misunderstood by his allegedly erudite profession who seemingly couldn't understand what a metaphor was. They couldn't seem to grasp the notion that much "mental Illness" was not leteral illness but a metaphor for despair, confusion, eccentricity and emotional intensity. They forgot that Tom also said that if objective evidence could demonstrate that some conditions designated "mental Illness" were in fact brain disease, those conditions would be neurological diseases. I truly believe I owe my professional and personal success to the confidence and sense of autonomy that I learned from Thomas Szasz.

Posted by Eugene P. Trager - Lake Forest, IL - colleague   September 25, 2012

I discovered Dr Szasz's books while browsing in the city library. To my wonderful delight he opened the matter of psychotherapy as the Emperor's New Clothes in such lucid simplicity that I have continued to read his publications for years. He confirmed what conclusions I had come to when I sought professional help for myself and family. None of what they offered was of any use.
At length I had occasion to query him concerning some thoughts in one of his FEE articles, and to my wondrous surprise he answered, and some time later, answered another, along with making fun with my name in the process. I always looked forward to his good humor and his cogent, earnest warnings to the quackery going on. I never met him personally, but loved him through his work and love for liberty.
As much as I miss him, I celebrate his graduation with gusto; he has finished his Race with great achievement and his beacon of liberty will shine on for years to come. What a champion!

Posted by Jess Ware - Kansas City, MO - acquaintance   September 20, 2012

I read Szasz's work along with R. D. Laing and Berger and Luckmann's The Social Construction of Reality. From all of these writers I learned to think differently about the "reality" of psychiatric diagnoses and always to look at symptoms in the social context. His influence on me was profound, and I am saddened by his passing.

Posted by Hendrika Vande Kemp - Annandale, VA - A reader and admirer of his work   September 20, 2012

I am very sad to hear that we have lost such a smart man. Fortunately there is quite a legacy for the rest of us. I wish mister Szasz peace and comfort in this final journey and light and love for the ones around him.

Posted by Arno Tijnagel - Amsterdam, NY   September 19, 2012

I can only express my thanks to Tom by repeating my words when I presented ten years ago to Tom the Irren-Offensives (Lunatic Offensive) Freedom Award, the "Golden Flashlight". This award was a symbol of our thanks to him as the first person within the suppressive shrink profession who had the courage and straightforwardness to throw light on the snakepit:
"Your truth set us free, the truth that no such thing as "mental illness" exists at all.
There was always grievance against and resistance to the snakepit but the voices of the persecuted were discredited as irrational, having no "illness insight", being a griper or they were simply not heard. So more than 40 years ago your voice broke the silence and was therefore the fundamental crack in the foundation of the oppressors, who claimed objectivity.
We chose the "Golden Flashlight" to address
- first of all your sense of humor
- secondly the pathfinding value of your work and
- thirdly because of the safety and modernity of your ideas which are mostly misunderstood as dangerous, like a torch flame in the gunpowder magazine.
We chose the expression "snakepit" as an allegory on the snake as the symbol for medicine. You demystified its evil function in medicines claim to help and heal with violence and coercion.
This freedom award is therefore also a peace award, as your work expresses a deep confidence in civil, non-violent relationships instead of violent and paternalistic, dehumanizing and degradinig conduct and its language in the command modus.
Rather you illuminated - with a spotlight instead of a flashlight - the cruel and inquisitorial practice of this new church, medical science, and therefore this freedom award is also a scientific award because you fulfilled the basic function of science, which is to criticize and speak out the truth.

Thank you so much, Tom, for being the lighthouse for over 40 years, providing orientation in our political struggle for human rights."

Posted by rene talbot - berlin   September 18, 2012

A Life
One Life
One person
Beginning as an infant boy who becomes a man
Learning growing reaching changing
Not only their own path
Influencing the paths of many
A. Life well lived can be defined
Only defined by whose life it is
Change makers struggle
Change makers survive many oceans and valleys in their pursuit of justice for self and others
Choices are made
Time has its rhythm to the winds of worldwird change

My deepest respect and gratitude for the choices and the life you shared with the wod..
To the family, friends, loved ones and acquaintances
You are fortunate to have known the
Infant boy who became an
Honorable Man
Thank you for your contribution to
The. Human. Family
Respectfully. Roe. Royal

Posted by Roe. Royal - South glens falls, NY - Human rights advocate   September 17, 2012


He was such a generous soul, his work, with the likes of R.D. Laing, etc., will be appreciated and passed on forever. He understood, acted upon my tenet, all threads are needed in the fabric of life, and we cannot allow it to be torn asunder; from without (manipulation, destruction to extinction), nor within (with republican conspiracies psychic terrorism, the "suck", possesion). Thanx again, Thomas, for all you have done! reality.

Posted by james m nordlund - fargo, ND - Shared his work, fellow activist   September 17, 2012

Dear Suzy, We were so sorry to hear of your Fathers passing. Please know that you have our very deepest sympathy. Our thought and prayers are with you and your Family. With Love the Poplawski's

Posted by Poplawski's - Syracuse, NY   September 16, 2012

One of the truly good guys, warm, wise and funny

Posted by Ron Roberts - London   September 16, 2012

Though I did not personally know you, Thomas I admire your extensive work for Mankind and defending individuals rights. You will always be remembered.

Posted by Chrissy Jenkins - Clarkston, MI   September 16, 2012


Yit'gadal v'yit'kadash sh'mei raba (Cong: Omein).
May His great Name grow exalted and sanctified (`Cong: Amen.)

b'al'ma di v'ra khir'utei
in the world that He created as He willed.

v'yam'likh mal'khutei b'chayeikhon uv'yomeikhon
May He give reign to His kingship in your lifetimes and in your days,

uv'chayei d'khol beit yis'ra'eil
and in the lifetimes of the entire Family of Israel,

ba'agala uviz'man kariv v'im'ru:
swiftly and soon. Now say:

(Mourners and Congregation:)
Amein. Y'hei sh'mei raba m'varakh l'alam ul'al'mei al'maya
(Amen. May His great Name be blessed forever and ever.)

Yit'barakh v'yish'tabach v'yit'pa'ar v'yit'romam v'yit'nasei
Blessed, praised, glorified, exalted, extolled,

v'yit'hadar v'yit'aleh v'yit'halal sh'mei d'kud'sha
mighty, upraised, and lauded be the Name of the Holy One

(Mourners and Congregation:)
B'rikh hu.
Blessed is He.

l'eila min kol bir'khata v'shirata
beyond any blessing and song,

toosh'b'chatah v'nechematah, da'ameeran b'al'mah, v'eemru:
praise and consolation that are uttered in the world. Now say:

(Mourners and Congregation:)

Y'hei sh'lama raba min sh'maya
May there be abundant peace from Heaven

v'chayim aleinu v'al kol yis'ra'eil v'im'ru
and life upon us and upon all Israel. Now say:

(Mourners and Congregation:)

Oseh shalom bim'romav hu ya'aseh shalom
He Who makes peace in His heights, may He make peace,

aleinu v'al kol Yis'ra'eil v'im'ru
upon us and upon all Israel. Now say:

(Mourners and Congregation:)

Posted by Y.B. ben Avraham    September 15, 2012

wonderful person and great humanitarian! RIck

Posted by Riccardo Eterno - Como   September 15, 2012

Thomas Stephen Szasz, Thank you for your life We wait again ARC,

Posted by Ricardo Montesa - ALDAIA - Valencia   September 15, 2012

Dear Suzy and Family, I am so sorry for your loss. Your father was a remarkable man. I extend my deepest sympathy and will keep you and Larry and your entire family in my thoughts and prayers. May fond memories help to ease your grief. Sincerely, Mindy Shaw-Lund (Cornell '97)

Posted by Mindy Shaw-Lund - Tully, NY   September 15, 2012

Thomas Szasz is my intellectual hero. A truly great man who I believe will be treated better by a succeeding age. He exemplified the quote from Einstein that "Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex... It takes a touch of genius and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction." The field of psychiatry today is inhabited by intelligent fools.

Posted by Mitch Cox - Red Bank, NJ   September 15, 2012

The fight for human rights has lost a true leader. Thank you Mr. Szasz for dedicating your life to helping others. You will be missed.

Posted by Krystina Bair - Seattle, WA   September 15, 2012

You made such a difference to me and so many psychiatric survivors worldwide Thomas Szasz. You emailed and encouraged me several times. I was so delighted to meet you in Dublin when this photo was taken in September 2007 when another amazing man Terence Mc Laughlin passed away. May you rest in peacce and may you be more powerful now and in the furure because you let the world know that so called 'mental illness' is indeed a
" A person cannot make another happy, but he can make him unhappy. This is the main reason why there is more unhappiness than happiness in the world." Thomas Szasz

Posted by Mary Maddock - Cork, Ireland - Friend   September 14, 2012

I knew when I had lost the opportunity to get to know Tom through a mutual friend, I would always regret it. From that time (2008) Thomas Szasz's analytical intelligence influenced my way of thinking. I tried to make up for that void by reading and citing his work whenever I could. I also kept his moral authority included in my activism, whether consciously or subconsciously. Its not that I will never forget him; rather, I will always remember him, as I do several others who have gone before him. His legacy will endure the test of time. May he rest in peace.

Posted by Patrice Campion - Chicago, IL - influence   September 14, 2012

Thank you, Dr. Szasz, for what you have done for us. You have helped so many people and you will never be forgotten. My sympathy and support to your family and may you rest in peace.

Posted by Marijke Brinkman-Qureshi - LOS ANGELES, CA   September 14, 2012

Congratulation for your work about psichiatry abuses. Thanks for help

Posted by antonella passero - brescia   September 14, 2012


One of my heros... His voice will bemissed

Posted by Angela Cerio - Staten Island, NY   September 14, 2012

You made a difference and changed both the course of history and individual lives. What a way to go. Menj békével, térjen vissza a Lion

Posted by P Muller - Joburg   September 14, 2012

"In a time of deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act" - George Orwell Thank you for fighting for freedom Mr. Szasz. May your legacy live forever.

Posted by Emilija Ellen - London, NY   September 14, 2012

Thomas Szasz. A man with immense courage and intelligence. Someone with the integrity to stand up against the current and speak out on behalf of those who couldn't speak for themselves. A great spirit who stood up to tyranny and whose legacy will lead to the final obliteration of the psychiatric scourge on this planet.

Posted by Mark - West Suusex   September 14, 2012

In his time he saved many thousands of lives through his great humanitarian work. In passing he passes the baton of human rights to many thousands of us who share his legacy and purpose. THANK YOU Thomas, we consider you one of the greatest and most enlightened men of your times.

Posted by Steve Cook - Lingfield   September 14, 2012

Thank you for all your work in the field of Mental Health. Your contribution to making the world a better place is immense.

Posted by mike    September 14, 2012

Thank you for everything for did for your fellow man. You will be remembered.

Posted by Jason Stanford - Toyama, NY   September 14, 2012

Never afraid to speak the truth. Your help is priceless.

Posted by Robin Murray - Hatchet Lake   September 14, 2012

Till we meet again.

Posted by craig batley - prince albert   September 14, 2012

R.I.P. Dr. Szasz. Your strong voice and advocacy for human rights will be missed.

Posted by Lori Bryenton - Toronto   September 14, 2012

Thomas Szasz, through his writings and interviews, influenced my thinking and provided much clarity on the subject of Libertarian principles. I consider him a champion of liberty. May all those who share in his clarity of vision for a free society continue to strive for its attainment.

Posted by Jim Clayson - Cape Town   September 14, 2012

His steadfast commitment to the well being of all people will surely be missed. But his teachings will carry us forward to continue his great work. Sincere condolences to his family.

Posted by Ruth Drye - Ardmore, PA   September 14, 2012

A lifetime of pro-survival accomplishment. Hamba Gashle (go carefully/well).....back soon :)

Posted by ANDREW DAY - AMANZIMTOTI   September 14, 2012

Even though Dr.Szasz & I have not met personally , I loved him very much ! He was one of the greatest humanitarians of this lifetime ! I am personally greatful for all he has done for all of mankind ! I am happy to say I'm on his team !Thank you Dr. Szasz for loving all of us enough to put ethics before profit and crimes against humanity ! My deepest condolences to his family & loved ones !

Posted by Christine Glasso - Las Vegas, NV   September 14, 2012


I am the mother of an adult son who has been hospitalized a number of times. Unfortunately the world of psychiatry and psychology that is supposed to help our son and us as his parents and care-takers have only managed to give us a label, a life-term promise of no return, and damaging medicine.
Thank you Dr Szasz for your information that we could tap into that continues to make it possible for us to stand up for the real truth about psychiatry and ultimately to bring about the recovery and liberation of our son and millions of others who suffer from mental/emotional distress all over the world.

Rest in Peace.

Posted by Anna-Mari Pieterse - PRETORIA   September 14, 2012


Dr. Szasz was a hero of mine early in my studies as a psychologist. His irreverence about the traditional view of mental illness changed forever how I saw clients and people who were struggling with emotional or cognitive difficulties. I am privileged to have discovered his writing when I was a young student. Blessing to his family and friends.
Dr. Nancy Arvold

Posted by Dr. Nancy Arvold - Redwood City, CA - colleague and unofficial student   September 14, 2012

We admired him in 1960s had him in Australua in 1980s end enjoyed his company

Posted by Dr Sandra Neil - Melbourne - ColleageAustraliaPsychologicalSo   September 14, 2012

Dear Thomas Szasz, With superlative vision, you saw the truth clearly, then fearlessly told us the truth with clear speech. Those who listen, hear, and understand, love you dearly. Greater heights, building on your foundation, we'll reach. You became a part of me, and shall remain so. Thank you, magnificent man.

Posted by M.M. - Toronto   September 14, 2012

Thomas Szasz wrote some truly great books that helped to liberate many people. These books helped many psychiatrically labelled people see how false the label of mental illness really is. This label, or collection of labels, is used to control and oppress people rather than to help them, although practically all psychiatrists other than Szasz claimed to be "helping" people. Psychiatry is the sort of "help" that no one would want. It is the kind of "help" that suppresses and often disables people, rather than helping them.

Posted by Laura Borst - reader of some of Szasz's books   September 14, 2012

Dear Suzy,Margot,Andrew and Family, I had lunch with your Father/Grandfather about 2 weeks before his passing. We talked for about 3 hours and I would like to let you know that much of the conversation that day was him recalling old vacation trips with you, his family. I've never seen him happier as he remembered these trips with you all together. He just bubbled. He loved you all so much. He emailed me later and said how much he especially enjoyed that conversation at lunch. And Andrew he always talked about you and spoke so highly of you and was so proud of you! For me he was a beautiful mentor and friend. One of the most beautiful, courageous and caring human beings to have walked this earth. We are all so blessed to have known him. Rebecca King, MD

Posted by Rebecca King - Syracuse, NY   September 14, 2012

I wrote my thoughts down here:

Posted by Elliot Temple - friend   September 13, 2012

Hi, friends,
I wrote this letter to Professor Szasz in May. But, I was too busy to send it. Szasz
I was very shocked to see his online obituary.
May he rest in peace!
May God comfort his family!
Irene Hui-Ling Yang
Hungkuang University
Sep. 12, 2012
A letter to Professor Szasz By Irene Hui-Ling Yang in Taiwan (May, 20, 2012)
Dear Professor Szasz,
You are so smart, enthusiastic, and productive.
I am a psychiatric nursing teacher in Taiwan.
I admire your genius, courage and contribution.
I recommend our school's library to purchase all books authored by you and Dr. Peter Breggin. So, one bookstore in Taipei is beginning to sell your books in Taiwan.

While surfing the Internet, I found the CCHR website ten years ago. I think the websites, contains very useful information. I have been watching all videos and reading all articles on the websites. I also visited the Citizens Commission on Human Rights Museum in Los Angeles in 2007. I saw protesters paraded at the conference site on the first day of the 2007 American psychiatric Association Annual meeting in San Diego. I also saw a man resembling you at the conference. I was wondering whether it was you. Did you attend the meeting in 2007? (I also met the APA president Dr. Pedro Ruiz at the San Diego Zoo after the conference.)

I agree with most of your opinions about psychiatric issues, but I must respectfully disagree on some of the issues. While I disagree with CCHR's negative attitude toward psychiatry and psychiatrists in general, I think some of your points make a lot of sense. Indeed, over-diagnosis, misdiagnosis and over use of medications are common problems in psychiatric field around the globe. I think psychiatric patients need to have more human right. Even if they have recovered from mental disorders, they still stay in hospital for a long time in Taiwan. (Patients were kept in locked hospital longer than required.) Prisoners in jails can expect to be released from jails after serving sentences, but some patients in chronic psychiatric wards in Taiwan cannot expect to be discharged even they have recovered. It is like serving life sentences.

I respectfully disagree with CCHR's view point that encourages patients to sue doctors for malpractices in situations where harms were not intended. Psychiatrists prescribed many psychotropic drugs or used ECT on patients according to psychiatric literature or based on what there were taught in school or in residency. Many psychiatrists do promote mental health enthusiastically like you. On some occasions, psychiatrists' good intention was perceived completely the opposite from patients' perspectives. (Sometimes, psychiatric doctors think they are doing something good for patients, but in patients' views, it's harmful to them.) In such situations, taking a doctor to court would be very discouraging to kind-hearted doctors.

In order to have creative progress, we have to inspire critical thinking. All drugs have side effects, especially psychiatric drugs; the minimal dozes of medicine the lesser side effects. Drugs are the last choice, not first choice like the psychiatric physician said, for the disturbance emotions or behavior. In my view, non-pharmacological therapies should be used more widely and empathic relationship should be promoted in psychiatric care.

Negative criticisms could never solve any problems. I hope that psychiatrists and opponents should avoid direct confrontation but rather communicate with each other effectively. Striving for better psychiatric care should be the mutually agreed upon goal. (Even though negative criticisms do not appeal to people, I hope the psychiatric doctors listen to the protestors; the protestors should also reject confrontation among them. Everyone should strive for the benefits and mental health of human beings on earth.)

In addition, your autobiographical sketch indicated that you and your parents are atheism. You write:If you talk to God, you are praying; If God talks to you, you have schizophrenia. You are so humorous. As a Christian, I do believe in God. I do believe that God answers our prayers. High proportions of people in the general population have mystical experiences. While someone said God talks to him/her, maybe it's an adjective, not a perception from sensory organ.

I think there are some good methods to dealing with problems in life at the Scientology website. But talk about religion and belief, I think it's misleading.

I will pray for you and may God talk to you by himself.
I do hope someday you will believe in God.
Please see the one of my favorite Christian website:
Hope you live healthier and longer.
May God bless you!
Warm Regards,
Hui-Ling Yang
Hungkuang University
In Taiwan
May, 20, 2012

Posted by Irene hui-Ling Yang - Taiwan, R.O.C., CA - reader   September 13, 2012

Tom Szasz is one of my greatest teachers. I learned so much from his incredible works that helped me to be clearer in my thinking. I was also inspired by his ongoing, relentless continued efforts, and by his ability to keep on regardless of results. He said it was enough to know you are telling the truth and continuing to do so as best you can. I will miss his presence greatly.

Posted by joh - austin, TX - friend and colleague   September 13, 2012

At first Szasz was only a name I heard in my psychology studies; I didn't get why it always seemed slightly scandalous. I found out when I started reading him for myself, which kept me from ever drinking the psychiatric Koolaid and set me on the independent path I'm proud to follow today. Tom's respect for the capabilities of the human mind was unmatched, as was his impatience with sham and hypocrisy. For decades,he was my srongest inspiration; in the past few years, my very kind friend. I was blessed to finally meet him last spring, when I brought him a copy of the book that could never have been written without his profound influence on my career. We may even have been distant relatives due to some obscure Viennese connection; I'd like to think so! In any case, we shall not see his like again. I won't say "rest in peace" because I'm sure he will have lively debates in Heaven too. My deepest condolences to his family, and a heartfelt, if wholly inadequate, thank you to Tom.

Posted by Dr. Judith Schlesinger - Dobbs Ferry, NY   September 13, 2012

We thank you for your life's work and that your mind is still with us. Condolences to family and friends from Polish IAAPA Section.

Posted by Joanna & Andrzej Skulski - Berlin, DE   September 13, 2012

Dr. Szasz was one of the great intellectuals and advocates of liberty of his time. He wrote with clarity, precision, humor, and grace. The best way to honor his life is to read his books.

Posted by Nicolas Martin - Indianapolis, IN   September 13, 2012

We lost a gret friend and a philosopher who inspired out thought.

Posted by Giorgio Antonucci and Piero Colacicchi - Firenze, Italy - friends   September 13, 2012

Tom was a giant blessed with a stunningly original intellect and the ability to communicate it.

He was brave, courageous, and unyielding in the defense of individual liberty.

He will be missed terribly, but his books, lectures, and articles stand as a magnificent repository of wisdom and I, for one, am grateful beyond measure.

Rest well Thomas.

Posted by Bruce Wiseman - Los Angeles, CA - Friend, Colleague   September 13, 2012

Suzy I was so sorry to hear about your father. We had just talked about how he was doing at the reunion so it came as a surprise. I remember him so fondly. He was always such a force of nature... full of energy,a quick wit,a wonderful sense of humor, and always a twinkle in his eyes. Your house was always a welcoming place, and the many happy times we spent there hold many cherished memories! I may not have always understood Dr. Szasz when he talked (accents aren't my forte...and he did talk pretty fast lol), but I always enjoyed talking with him. In a very good way, he wasn't your average dad. The times spent with him, and your Yinky too, were always memorable.He is undoubtedly one of the most brilliant and intersting people I have ever had the privilege to know.I know his spirit and keen mind lives on in you Suzy, and in Margot and Andrew as well. My thoughts are with you all, and sending you my deepest condolences.

Posted by cheryl feder - penfield, NY - friend   September 13, 2012

I am a clinical social who has worked in the local mental health care field now for over 40 years. I attribute the development of my clinical skills and acumen to experiences and teachers at SUNY UMC. Chief among those teachers was your father. It was your father’s distinctive influence that made me think about my thinking. As such, he forever occupies a singular position in my mind and soul, and for me, was divinity appearing in the form of his person to enlighten all those within his mentoring purview, and a wonderful but darkly skewed world sorely in need of enlightenment. If at the end of my professional career I manage to accomplish but a fraction of what he did, my life would have amounted to something. Take comfort in knowing that while he lives on in your family, he also does in the hearts and minds of countless others, who will no doubt forward and improve upon the wisdom and knowledge he so graciously imparted to us. Respectfully, Joe Masterleo, LCSW-R, DCSW

Posted by Joe Masterleo - Syracuse, NY   September 13, 2012

Tom was the greatest physician of our time. He didn't discover any new diseases or invent any new treatments. He just understood the doctor -patient relationship and restored dignity and respect to it.

I was proud to correspond with him since 1986 and help put on the debate he had with Dr. Torrey. Tom cited me in the acknowledgments of CRUEL COMPASSION. He was humble about his achievements.

I will miss him, terribly.

David Herman

Posted by David Herman - Long Island, NY - friend   September 13, 2012

Suzy+Larry, Margot,Steve+Andrew- I was so saddened to read of your Father's death. The world has lost a tremendous man. I will always remember him as such a gentleman. Whenever I pass the house on Bradford I think of so many great times spent there. You are all in my thoughts. Mary Whalen Malay

Posted by Mary Whalen Malay - Jamesville, NY   September 13, 2012

I knew you would die some day, Thomas Szasz, but my heart is still broken.
I loved you because you loved Liberty more than I did.
Your written words were my friends from the moment I met them.
And the truth of your thoughts and the passion of your voice
were inexorable, touching the ineffable certainty within.

Posted by Art Thomas - Barboursville, VA   September 13, 2012

Margot & Suzy, I remember meeting your father for the first time in 1965 when we moved into the house on Euclid Ave next to your grandmother,Lily. Your father would come visit her and they'd sit in the back yard under the shade of the elms and talk while their papers and magazines lay on the grass and veronica nearby. He'd always nod and greet us (Lisa, Shawn and I) and your grandmother would bring us wonderful treats from her trips to Europe. I used to trim the hedges on Bradford Parkway and he'd always meet me, give clear directions and thank me for a job well done. He was a good tipper too! I remember him as kind and interested in what we three Rayder kids were up to and he'd always wave as he visited next door. We all knew him as kind Dr. Szasz. That does seem like a very long time ago. As I spoke at my father's funeral "To live in hearts we leave behind is not to die." I hope you find peace and comfort in the wonderful memories of your times together.

Posted by Michael Lawrence Rayder, Jr. - Falmouth, ME   September 13, 2012

Thomas Szasz served, in fine style, as the Prometheus of our time, always assiduously guarding the flame of the mind of man from those who wished to monopolize it or snuff it out entirely. Although we never met, my writing is fettered because of the of the profound sense of loss I feel. Thank you, Tom, for living your life such that it serves as daily inspiration as I live mine. --Blair Sadewitz

Posted by Blair Sadewitz - New Brunswick, NJ   September 12, 2012

My thoughts are with you at this time. Our whole family will remember Dr. Tom(as my kids named him)as the man who walked the neighborhood with his black trench coat,hat and cane. Strolling in heated debate with his dear friend Rhoda and then later alone. Always stopping to chat with us on that very steep hill. Andrew, you had a really special grandpa. He spoke of you often.

Posted by Linda Morris - Manlius, NY   September 12, 2012

Thomas Szasz was a courageous dissident in a field where dissidence is anathema, an impeccably logical thinker, and in his personal life a modest friend. No one can step into his shoes. In addition to his family, he will be missed by his many fans, who span three generations.

Posted by Mira de Vries - Amsterdam - friend   September 12, 2012

Suzy, Margo and family, my thought and prayers are with you. I always felt that it was a privilege and an interesting experience to assist Tom in his directing of his healthcare. I truly appreciated and loved the man. My sincerest sympathies

Posted by Paul Kronenberg - Syracuse, NY   September 12, 2012

Many years ago, I had the privilege of caring for Tom's mother, and with that came the privilege of getting to know Tom. Often we met for lunch, sometimes at the Upstate cafeteria, sometimes at Crouse. Often others joined us. The level of discourse made lunch worthwhile. We both retired and went on to other things. I have missed him as I am sure you will. He is the kind of person one wished could go on forever.

Posted by Kendrick A. Sears, M.D. - Syracuse, NY   September 12, 2012


Goodbue to the brilliant man who brought some sanity to the crazy world of Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology. In today's world, where we face the increasing power of giant pharmaceutical companies to make clinical decisions in their interest, rather than that of the person suffering, Dr. Ssasz's central thesis remains as relevant and as potent an intellectual force as it ever has been. Your courage to challenge the orthodoxy of those around him remains forever as a cautionary tale to the hubris of a smug profession and as a testament to the human spirit.

Posted by Philip V Hull - Oakland, CA - Student   September 12, 2012

To all his family Thank you for being so dear to your father, grandfather and brother. Words like hero, humanitarian, champion, courageous, trailblazer, and, yes, witty and charming too, are synonymous with the Thomas Szasz we love. I first met him 32 years ago when he spoke out against a lethal treatment when no other medical professional would. I’m sure it shamed others into doing what was right. Thousands of lives were subsequently saved. He gave us great knowledge, wisdom and memorable times—an immeasurable gift. Goodbye, Tom! We thank you for everything you did and achieved and for being the leading voice for liberty and freedom. Your work did make a difference. It will never be forgotten. And it will endure.

Posted by Jan Eastgate - Los Angeles, CA   September 12, 2012

Dear Suzy and Family, May tender memories soften your grief. May you find peace knowing that someday we'll learn the reasons why... Sincerest Sympathy Love always, Harold and Kay Palmer

Posted by Harold L. Palmer, Sr & Family - St.Louis, MO   September 12, 2012

Tom's lyrical voice relating tales of his past will forever be in my memory, though I'll painfully miss his presence, as will my whole family.

Posted by Dusty Billings-Lilien - Syracuse, NY - friend/Isobel Chessar's in-law   September 12, 2012

Leave a condolence or a memory.

Posted by Dusty Billings-Lilien - Syracuse, NY - friend/Isobel Chessar's in-law   September 12, 2012

Dear Margot and Suzy, I knew you at Pebble Hill. I graduated in '69. I'm sorry you lost your father. I didn't realize his advocacy. I'm very proud of him upon reading his obituary. He's truly a marvelous man.

Posted by Amy Hamilton - Fayetteville, NY   September 12, 2012

Margot,Suzy and Family, My deepest sympathies extended to each of you.

Posted by Lorie Rakov Rudolph - Fayetteville, NY   September 12, 2012

Trudy and I will miss Tom's bright presence and our monthly dinners together. He was and continues to be a living inspiration, and I am sorry he will not see the next volume of my translations from Hungarian literature that he anticipated so heartily. His broad-ranging alert attention, curiosity and acute judgement will always remain for me a model to follow. John Batki Syracuse, NY

Posted by John Batki - Syracuse, NY   September 12, 2012

Tom had a wonderful brilliant philosophical mind and he cherished being able to inspire others to access the same within themselves. He had a profound and positive impact on how I view my work in mental health law, studies in philosophy and psychiatry, as well as how I live my life. I often run concerns I have in my mind on a day-to-day basis through what I call the “Tom Szasz” filter prior to taking any action and I find I am a better thinker and more moral human being for it. Tom had a wonderful smile of “knowing irony” and a great deal of patience with those of us still trying to navigate the deeper philosophical implications of some of his works. He will be greatly missed.

Posted by Lindsay J. Webb - La Fayette, NY   September 12, 2012

Whereas the body of Thomas Szasz stop working after 92 years, his gigantic intellectual contribution to society will remain alive and will continue to grow for many years if not centuries.
Thomas Szasz is the XX-XXI century Rene Descartes.
Yes, I'll miss corresponding with him, after 49 years of so doing.. Well I'll reead the notes and read one more his 35 books.
Good by Tom. Nelson.

Posted by Nelson Borelli - Chicago, IL - Friend   September 12, 2012

Condolences for family and friends . This is a tragic message. I found his view on society and psychiatry enlightening already in the 70-ies. I wonder how many lives were saved by his work, writings and talks. May his successors finish his work.
The Netherlands

Posted by O. Kruijt    September 12, 2012

Our sincere condolences for the family and friends of mr. Szasz. We admire his work and his endurance to expose psychiatric abuse!

Posted by Hanneke & Willem Teunisse - Amsterdam, Holland   September 12, 2012

Suzy, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

Posted by Frank Moore - Rice, VA   September 12, 2012

I first came across Thomas Szasz rather late in my life, with his book "Ceremonial Chemistry"; and I never looked back. There is so much I owe this great luminary and champion of human dignity and freedom, but suffice it say, that I feel myself a better human being, both humbled and personally empowered by a man who never compromised his higher principles. RIP, good Doctor.

Posted by Christophe Welch - Ashmore, IL   September 12, 2012

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   September 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   September 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   September 12, 2012

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

Posted by Deborah Hitchcock Dufel - Mackay   September 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   September 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   September 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   September 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   September 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   September 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   September 11, 2012

Dr. Szasz was a good friend and mentor. I am grateful for having known him, if only briefly

Posted by Dr. Lindeman - Framingham, MA - Friend   September 11, 2012

Tom had a wonderful brilliant philosophical mind and he cherished being able to inspire others to access the same within themselves. He had a profound and positive impact on how I view my work in mental health law, studies in philosophy and psychiatry, as well as how I live my life. I often run concerns I have in my mind on a day-to-day basis through what I call the Tom Szasz filter prior to taking any action and I find I am a better thinker and more moral human being for it. Tom had a wonderful smile of knowing irony and a great deal of patience with those of us still trying to navigate the deeper philosophical implications of some of his works. He will be greatly missed.

Posted by Lindsay J. Webb - La Fayette, NY - Friend   September 11, 2012

Simply put Tom was responsible for my entire academic career and views regarding madness. I was privileged to have shared a wonderful 14 years of friendship with him. His deep and scalpel like intellect made for the most bracing and delightful of experiences, many of those over a vodka martini or two. I will miss him terribly.

Posted by Tomi Gomory, Ph.D - Tallahassee, FL   September 11, 2012

Tom your work has and will always be an inspiration to me and my work. I feel very fortuante to have spent time in your company, to be able to share a good meal and have a great conversation with you. You will certainly be missed, but never ever forgotten.

Posted by Albert Pacheco, Ph.D. - Los Angeles, CA   September 11, 2012

Tom Szasz was a brilliant and original thinker, a gifted writer, and a devoted friend. He was one of the great individualists of our time. He tirelessly and passionately defended individual freedom and expressed uncompromising opposition to coercion in the name of help. He created no school of thought -- because he sought to bring people to themselves, not to him. We will miss him greatly.

Posted by David Cohen - Miami Beach, FL   September 11, 2012


I first met this remarkable man as a medical student (SUNY Upstate '70) I was intrigued by my classmates, and other teachers who were constantly denigrating Dr. Szasz as that, "crazy guy who doesn't believe in mental illness." Since, at the time I was transforming myself into a thinking, rational human being via the works of Ayn Rand, Murry Rothbard, Ludwig Von Mises, etc, I naturally gravitated to his works. He was a beacon of sanity in a society bent on self-destruction. There is nothing of his that I have read that is not, quite simply, brilliant.
The last time I met with him was when he was giving a lecture at Willamette University in Salem, Or. around 1990. Age certainly did not temper his fiery independence.
I wrote to him 2 years ago to tell him that the only information of lasting value that i got out of medical school were his teachings.
The world has lost a champion of freedom, but his inspirational ideas will long outlive him!

Posted by Paul E. Smith, MD - Orofino, ID - student of the great man!   September 11, 2012

While your place in history has been assured by your dedication to human freedom, we will miss you most as a kind and wise friend. We are thankful that we could share some of our limited time on this earth with you. Keith Hoeller

Posted by Keith Hoeller - Seattle, WA   September 11, 2012

Rest in Peace my friend.

Posted by Evelyn Pringle - Green Bay, WI - Friend   September 10, 2012