Dr. Eugene A. Hargrove, 60, former chief of mental health training at the Veterans Administration and professor, at the George Washington University Medical School, died at Arlington Hospital Friday of amyotropic lateral sclerosis, a progressive paralytic neurogical disorder often called Lou Gehrig's disease.
From 1958 to 1973, Dr. Hargrove was commissioner of mental health for North Carolina. He is credited with several innovations there that have been used since in other state mental health programs. This include greater use of the training resources of state universities, continnuing education in mental illness for general practioners, and closer links between state hospitals and community facilities.
Dr. Hargrove came to Washington in 1973 as director of community psychiatry at George Washington University, where he also served as director of inpatient and outpatient psychiatric services and as associate chairman and acting chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.
While serving full time on the medical school faculty at George Washington University, he was made chairman of the mental health administration training program at the Washington School of Psychiatry, a private continuing education school in Washingto.
In 1976, he was named chief of the Veterans Administration's nationwide mental health training programs.
Dr. Hargrove was born in San Elizerio, Tex, and graduated from the University of Texas Medical School in 1942. He served as a captain in the Army Medical Corps during World War II.
He received his psychiatric training in Omaha and at the Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital in Philadelphia. He taught at the medical schools of the Universities of Pennyslvania, California, and North Carolina prior to his appointment as commissioner of mental health in North Carolina.
He is a Life Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association.
His survivors include three sons, Eugene A. Jr., of the home, in Arlington, and Thomas Henry and William C., both of the Raleigh, N.C.