TOS Remembers Albert (Mickey) Stunkard, MD

Special Letter from the President

July 2014


Dear Colleagues,

I'm writing to share some unfortunate news, and honor the legacy of a world renowned obesity researcher and psychiatrist. Albert "Mickey" Stunkard, MD, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry at the Perelman School of Medicine, passed away on July 12, 2014, at his home in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania. His wife, Margaret S. Maurin, and step-daughter, Elana Maurin, were by his side.Stunkard

Dr. Stunkard, known as Mickey to friends and colleagues, was well-known for his research on obesity and eating disorders. He authored more than 500 publications that enriched the understanding of obesity and advanced the prevention and treatment of the disease.

As shared in a biography by close friend and colleague, Thomas Wadden, PhD, and Mickey's wife, Margaret Maurin:

"Mickey's infectious enthusiasm for research, and generosity of spirit nurtured the careers of dozens of young scientists and enriched the work of colleagues throughout the nation and around the world. He educated generations of medical students and psychiatry residents at the University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine about obesity and eating disorders, while also touching the lives of thousands of patients with his extraordinary compassion, kindness, and clinical acumen. He was the consummate scientist, teacher, and practitioner."

Mickey's achievements were recognized in multiple ways, and TOS looks forward to continuing to honor his legacy through the Mickey Stunkard Lifetime Achievement Award. This award is designed to recognize people who, like Mickey, have made a lifetime of outstanding contributions to the field of obesity in the areas of scholarship, mentorship, and education.

A private burial is planned with a memorial service to be held in the fall at the University of Pennsylvania. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy be directed to Doctors Without Borders or the Council for a Livable World.

You can find out more about Mickey's legacy in his biography here and on here.


Steven Smith, MD
The Obesity Society President

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