Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Wolfgang 'Wolf' Weigert Psychiatrist

Wolfgang "Wolf" Weigert, 76, a retired psychiatrist who had a private practice in Chevy Chase for more than 30 years, died Sept. 30 at the Friends House assisted-living facility in Sandy Spring. He had dementia and heart disease.

In addition to his private practice, Dr. Weigert taught classes in psychiatry at Georgetown University from 1982 to 1992 and at George Washington University from 1982 to 1993.

Wolfgang Oscar Weigert was born in Berlin in 1932. His mother was a psychiatrist, and his father was a lawyer. They fled Nazi Germany in the 1930s and arrived in Maryland in 1938.

Dr. Weigert graduated from Sidwell Friends School in 1951 as the valedictorian. He spent two years at Princeton University and transferred to Swarthmore College, where he graduated with a degree in biology in 1955.

Dr. Weigert received his medical degree in 1959 from what is now Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. He completed his psychiatry residency at Yale University in 1963 and then joined the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps.

He served in the Health Service Corps as a clinical associate at the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda for two years before moving on to a fellowship in child psychiatry at Georgetown University.

Dr. Weigert finished his work at Georgetown in 1967 and graduated in 1973 from what is now the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis, where he studied adult and child psychoanalysis.

He enjoyed ballroom dancing and playing chess.

His marriage to Dionne Laufman ended in divorce.

Survivors include two children, David Weigert of Silver Spring and Robin Weigert of Los Angeles; and two grandchildren.

-- T. Rees Shapiro

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