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Robert H. Felix Papers

 Collection
Identifier: MS C 331

Abstract

Includes talks, reprints, and miscellaneous publications through his retirement from St. Louis University.

Dates

  • 1943-1975

Extent

2.71 Linear Feet (7 boxes)

Creator

Physical Location

Materials stored onsite. History of Medicine Division. National Library of Medicine

Language of Materials

Collection materials primarily in English

Access Restrictions

No restrictions on access.

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Biographical Note

Dr. Robert Hannah Felix, a psychiatrist and an authority on alcoholism and drug addiction, was the first director of the National Institute of Mental Health in 1949 until he retired from government service in 1964. He was also a former dean of the medical school at St. Louis University, president of the American Psychiatric Association in 1960-61 and a member of the World Health Organization's advisory panel on mental health from 1952 to 1978.

He was born on May 29, 1904, in Downs, Kan. He graduated from the University of Colorado Medical School in 1930 and completed his residency at the Colorado Psychopathic Hospital. He earned a master of public health degree at Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Felix first joined the Public Health Service in 1933 as a psychiatrist and later became clinical director of the Medical Center for Federal Prisoners in Springfield, Mo., and the Federal narcotics treatment center at Lexington, Ky. During World War II he was a military psychiatrist and senior health officer at the United States Coast Guard Academy in New London, Conn. He returned to the Public Health Service in 1944 as assistant chief of the hospital division and was chief of the mental hygiene division until 1949. He helped develop the Mental Health Act of 1946, part of which created the National Institute of Mental Health.

After retiring from federal service in 1964, Dr. Felix became professor of psychiatry and dean of the medical school at St. Louis University until 1975 and retired as Dean Emeritus. From 1975 to 1985 he was research director of the Scottish Rite Psychophrenic Research Program in Lexington, Mass.

Dr. Felix was given the Rockefeller Public Service Award in 1961, the distinguished service award of the American Public Health Association and the American Psychiatric Association.

Collection Summary

Includes talks, reprints, and miscellaneous publications through his retirement from St. Louis University.

Abstract

Includes talks, reprints, and miscellaneous publications through his retirement from St. Louis University.

Physical Location

Materials stored onsite. History of Medicine Division. National Library of Medicine

Provenance

Gift, Robert Felix, 8/26/1976, and transfer from NIH History Office, 7/24/2015. Accession #260; 2015-031.

General

Processed by
HMD Staff; Jim Labosier; Deshaun Williams
Processing Completed
1970s
Encoded by
Jim Labosier
Title
Finding Aid to the Robert H. Felix Papers1943-1975
Status
Unverified Partial Draft
Author
HMD Staff; Jim Labosier; Deshaun Williams
Date
1970s; 2005; 2015
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Finding aid is written in English
Edition statement
2.0

Collecting Area Details

Part of the Archives and Modern Manuscripts Collection Collecting Area

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