Born: February 21, 1892, Norwich, New York, United States
Died: January 14, 1949, Paris, France
Education: Cornell University
Organization founded: William Alanson White Institute
Buried: Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA, Plot: Section 11, Lot 753 SH
At Arlington National Cemetery (Arlington, VA 22211), is buried John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963). In the same cemetery is buried Harry Stack Sullivan (1892-1949). An American Neo-Freudian psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who held that the personality lives in, and has his or her being in, a complex of interpersonal relations. Having studied therapists Sigmund Freud, Adolf Meyer, and William Alanson White, he devoted years of clinical and research work to helping people with psychotic illness. Beginning in 1927, Sullivan had a 22-year relationship with James Inscoe Sullivan, known as "Jimmie", 20 years his junior. In 1927, he reviewed the controversial anonymously published “The Invert and his Social Adjustment” and in 1929 called it "a remarkable document by a homosexual man of refinement; intended primarily as a guide to the unfortunate sufferers of sexual inversion, and much less open to criticism than anything else of the kind so far published." In 1940, he and colleague Winfred Overholser, serving on the American Psychiatric Society's committee on Military Mobilization, formulated guidelines for the psychological screening of inductees to the United States military. He believed, writes one historian, "that sexuality played a minimal role in causing mental disorders and that adult homosexuals should be accepted and left alone." Despite his best efforts, others included homosexuality as a disqualification for military service.
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