Wayne Jacobson, 84

Psychiatrist, fisherman

April 13, 2007

Dr. Wayne Eugene Jacobson, a retired Towson psychiatrist and avid fly fisherman, died of a heart attack Saturday at his Glen Arm home. He was 84.

Dr. Jacobson was born and raised in Rock Springs, Wyo., and entered the University of Wyoming in 1941.

He enlisted in the Navy in 1942 and served as a corpsman aboard the USS Mount Vernon, a troop ship assigned to the Pacific theater. While awaiting reassignment, he took advantage of the Navy's V-12 program, earned a bachelor's degree in pre-medicine in 1945 from Willamette University in Oregon.

After being discharged from the Navy in 1945, he entered the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine on the GI Bill, where he earned a degree in psychiatry in 1949. He completed an internship in internal medicine and a residency in psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

In 1952, Dr. Jacobson enlisted in the Army Medical Corps, where he attained the rank of lieutenant and served as a psychiatrist at Camp Cook in California. He returned to Hopkins Hospital in 1955, where he was chief resident in psychiatry.

From 1955 to 1960, he conducted research at Hopkins and established the group therapy program and was clinical director at Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital.

In 1960, he became an associate professor of psychiatry at the University of California, Los Angeles and five years later returned to Baltimore. He worked briefly at Hopkins before entering private practice in 1966.

Dr. Jacobson maintained his practice in the Hampton House apartments in Towson until retiring in 1987.

He enjoyed traveling and in 2004 returned to Wyoming, where he enjoyed fly fishing throughout the state.

His wife of 58 years, the former Katherine Winter, died in 2003.

Surviving are a son, Eric Wayne Jacobson of New York City; five grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Services were Wednesday.

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