Franzblau, Abraham Norman

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FRANZBLAU, ABRAHAM NORMAN (1901–1982), U.S. educator and psychiatrist. Franzblau was born in New York. He began a long association with Hebrew Union College in 1923 as principal of its school for teachers in New York, serving until 1931, when he became professor of education and pastoral psychiatry at the College at Cincinnati. Franzblau receiveda Ph.D. in education from Columbia (1935), and then took up the study of medicine, receiving his M.D. in 1937. During World War ii he was attached to the Surgeon General's Office as colonel. Franzblau returned to New York in 1946 as professor of pastoral psychology and dean of the Jewish Institute of Religion school of education. In 1948 he became associated with the psychiatric department of Mount Sinai Hospital and in 1958 retired from Hebrew Union College to devote himself entirely to psychiatry. A pioneer in the application of psychiatric knowledge to the work of the ministry, Franzblau lectured in this field at many seminaries. Besides texts, monographs, and research studies, he wrote Religious Belief and Character Among Jewish Adolescents (1934); Road to Sexual Maturity (1954); Primer of Statistics for Non-Statisticians (1958); and (with his wife Rose Franzblau) Sane and Happy Life (1963).

His wife rose nadler franzblau (1905–1979) was a psychologist and columnist. She was born in Vienna and wrote human relations columns for the New York Post from 1947 and discussed psychological problems submitted by listeners to her daily radio program. She wrote Race Differences in Mental and Physical Traits (1935) and co-authored Final Report, National Youth Administration (1944) and Tensions Affecting International Understanding (1950). She also wrote The Middle Generation (1971).

add. bibliography:

F. Fierman, "Abraham N. Franzblau: Revolutionary Jewish Educator," in: El Paso Historical Review (1988).

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