In Memoriam: L. Jay Stein

Judge Jay Stein, a very important person to me, not just in my academic career but in my life, died on Wednesday, January 30, 2014 at Mercy Hospice in Iowa City.

I will always remember my first encounters with Judge Stein. I was a first year resident in psychiatry at The University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics. He often presided at mental health commitment hearings at which I was often the nervous trainee providing “expert testimony” as the treating physician. Jay taught me and countless other psychiatry residents about the importance of procedure. His knowledge was prodigious. But it was his compassion, his fairness, and his inimitable sense of humor I will always treasure.

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