Alex Braiman, MD of Bernville, PA passed away peacefully at home on Saturday September 8, 2018 with his wife of 33 years, Camille Matthews, at his side. Age 92, he was born August 21, 1926 in Brooklyn, NY, the son of the late Isaac and Bessie Braiman. He was a veteran of WW11 having served in the Army Air Corps. He was a graduate of Brooklyn College (1946) and received his MA from Columbia University (1947) and MD from the State University of New York Downstate Medical College (1951).
Dr. Braiman was on the faculty of the University of Rochester Medical School, Department of Psychiatry from 1955-1970. He was a member of the Dr. George Engel team which developed the Biopsychosocial Model of Psychiatry, the founding director of the University Student Health Service and served as Chief of Outpatient Services. As a Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry from 1971 – 1996, he maintained a private psychoanalytic practice, served as Chief of the Education and Training Unit at the Rochester Psychiatric Center and was on the staff of the Strong Ties Community Psychiatry Program.
Upon his retirement from the University of Rochester in 1996 he and Camille moved to Farmington, New Mexico where he established a psychiatric practice and worked as a locum tenens psychiatrist in hospital and forensic settings throughout the Western states. In 2005 he received the Fifty Year Practice Medal from the American Psychiatric Association of which he was a life member.
He was devoted to family and loved everything from teaching his children to water ski to attending all the graduations of his grandchildren. He had a pilot’s license, was an avid tennis player, skier and fisherman, and was a master of the NY Times crossword puzzle and Scrabble.
At home he and Camille were always in the company of their beloved Great Pyrenees and Collies.
Dr. Braiman is survived by 8 children, Beth Braiman Young, Mark Braiman, PhD, Natasha Braiman Dougherty, Daniel Braiman, Johnathan Braiman, MD, Theodore Braiman, MD, Sarah Braiman and Michael Braiman and one step daughter, Lisa Schwert Pohlschroeder. He is survived by 21 grandchildren, Joseph Dougherty, David Dougherty, MD, William Dougherty, MD, Julia le Roux, Pauline Dougherty, Michael Dougherty, Amanda Young, Michelle Young, Dusten Blake, Abigail Braiman, Matthew Braiman, Meredith Braiman, Jeremy Braiman, Olivia Braiman, Owen Richardson, Greta Richardson, Holly Richardson, Benjamin Braiman, Alexander Braiman, Evelyn Braiman and Dylan Pohlschroeder, as well as 6 great grandchildren.
He was pre-deceased by his first wife, Pauline Pommerenke Braiman, his sister Ida Braiman Foster and his son-in-law Michael Young.
A private Celebration of Life willbe held for the family in Rochester, NY at a time to be determined.