Don Bloch, Director of the Ackerman Institute for the Family from 1972 – 1991, passed away Thursday, September 18th in New York City. After making valiant efforts to overcome complications from a hip fracture, he died peacefully accompanied by his wife, Joan Rappaport and his children.
He began work with Nathan Ackerman in 1965, He was the co-editor, with Robert Simon, of The Strength of Family Therapy: The Selected Papers of Nathan W. Ackerman (Brunner/Mazel) and has numerous publications in the field. He was a charter member of AFTA, an early Editor of Family Process for 12 years and the founder of the Journal of Family Systems and Health.
Don was a great man of vision, creativity and a true contributor to the family therapy field. We will carry with us his warmth, engaging spirit and generous nature. Thank you Don, for all that you gave us.