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Jacob J. Katzow, psychopharmacologist

Jacob J. Katzow

Jacob J. Katzow, a psychopharmacologist who had a private practice in Washington for 40 years, died June 15 at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore. He was 77.

He had myelodysplastic syndrome, a bone-marrow disorder, but pneumonia was the cause of death, said his daughter Michelle Katzow.

In addition to his practice, Dr. Katzow spent much of his career as a clinical professor at George Washington University’s medical school, where he had taught in the school’s department of psychiatry and behavioral sciences since 1973.

Among his clients was D.C. Council Chairman John A. Wilson, who suffered from severe depression and committed suicide in May 1993. Dr. Katzow reportedly encouraged Wilson to seek hospitalization for his illness but Wilson refused, according to a Washington Post Magazine article.

Jacob Joseph Katzow was born in Milwaukee. He received a bachelor’s degree in 1957 and a medical degree in 1960, both from Stanford University. He was the assistant chief of a clinical research ward at a psychiatric institute in San Francisco before settling in Washington in 1973.

He was an Army psychiatrist in the mid-1960s.

Dr. Katzow was past president of what is now the Washington Psychiatric Society and the psychiatric section of the Medical Society of the District of Columbia. He wrote scholarly articles that appeared in the Journal of Clinical Psychiatry and Annals of Clinical Psychiatry and regularly contributed to Fred Fiske’s talk show on public radio station WAMU (88.5 FM).

Survivors include his wife of 34 years, Francine Weiss of Washington; two daughters, Adrienne Katzow of Tarrytown, N.Y., and Michelle Katzow of Philadelphia; and two sisters.

— Megan McDonough

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