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Dr John Adams Atchley
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Birth: May 30, 1920
Baltimore City
Maryland, USA
Death: Aug. 7, 2006
West Newbury
Essex County
Massachusetts, USA

Dr. John Adams Atchley, 86, esteemed psychiatrist and counselor, died Monday, August 7, 2006, at his home in West Newbury, MA, after a long illness bravely borne. Born on May 30, 1920 in Baltimore, MD, to Dr. Dana Winslow Atchley and Mary Phister Atchley, John grew up in Englewood, NJ, and spent his summers in Newburyport, MA, on Rolfe's Lane, in the home which is now the Harbor School. He loved boating, fishing, and bird-watching, hobbies which he pursued his entire life. John attended Harvard College and graduated from the Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons in 1944. After an honorable discharge from the Army Medical Corps and extensive training in Internal Medicine, John turned to the field of psychiatry. He trained at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Hospital in New York City and The Silver Hill Foundation in New Canaan, CT, where he was on the staff for several years and named Medical Director in 1964. For many years a resident of Lakeville, CT, John took over what is now known as The Northwest Center for Family Service and Mental Health. John developed the Center into a national model of community psychiatric care. After moving his practice to New York City, John served as an Assistant Professor at the New York State Psychiatric Institute and Hospital and an Assistant Attending on the Psychiatric Staff at Presbyterian Hospital. John helped found the American Anorexia Bulimia Association in 1979, serving as its President until 1987 and President Emeritus until his death. From 1991 until 2005 John practiced psychiatry in Newburyport, MA as a private practitioner and staff member of the Anna Jaques Hospital. Along with his subspecialty in eating disorders, John focused on the treatment and handling of anxiety and depression and developed expertise in the field of psychopharmacology. Throughout his sixty-one years as a psychiatrist John used his special gifts of humor, compassion, and intelligence to comfort and heal his patients. John helped thousands of children and adults find safer and more serene lives. In his personal life, John harbored a life-long love for the outdoors, especially Plum Island, crossword puzzles, cooking and singing. He passed his strength of intellect, understanding, and devotion to the service of others to his grandchildren, whom he loved dearly. John's wit and grace will live in the memory of everyone he touched and he will be sorely missed.

John was survived by his beloved wife Trish Walker, his brother William A. Atchley, his sons and their wives, John Adams Atchley Jr. and Linda Sloane, and Peter Ross Atchley and Ruth Green, their mother, Martha Welch Atchley, and his grandchildren Samantha, John III, Sacha, and Dylan, and many nephews and nieces. His daughter, Susan Atchley, predeceased him.

Contributions may be made to the Anna Jaques Foundation in Newburyport, MA or the Essex County Greenbelt Association, located at 82 Eastern Ave. in Essex, MA 01929. 
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Record added: Oct 04, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 16002004
Dr John Adams Atchley
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