Edward Mitchell Podvoll ’57

Edward Mitchell Podvoll ’57 died on December 10, 2003, in Boulder, Colorado.

Born on March 25, 1936, in Brooklyn, NY, he prepared for college at Erasmus Hall High School in Brooklyn and at the Milford School in Connecticut and became a member of Theta Delta Chi Fraternity at Bowdoin. Following his graduation cum laude in 1957, he studied at the New York University College of Medicine in New York City and received his M.D. degree in 1961. He was an intern and medical resident at Mt. Zion Hospital in San Francisco, CA, for a year, was a graduate student in psychiatry at Stanford University Medical School in California, and then was for three years a research associate with the National Institute of Mental Health Laboratory of Neurobiology in Bethesda, MD. At the Chestnut Lodge Hospital between 1968 and 1974, he was a staff psychiatrist, director of admissions, a supervisor in psychotherapy, and a consultant in casework. He was also a supervisor in psychotherapy at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington, DC, and an instructing analyst at the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute before becoming director of education at the Austen Riggs Center in Stockbridge, MA. In 1977, he moved to Boulder, CO, where he was a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst, working at numerous hospitals. He was co-founder of the master’s program in the Contemplative Psychotherapy Department of Naropa Institute and the founder of the Maitri Psychological Services and the Windhorse Project. He was a Buddhist monk and teacher. Surviving are his wife, Candace Carpenter Podvoll of Los Angeles, CA; a daughter, Stacey E. Podvoll of San Jose, CA; a stepdaughter, Erin Carusetta of Golden, CO; a sister, Myra Spicker of Sacramento, CA; and three grandchildren.