Anne Ruth Benjamin, 1931
B.A., Denison University
M.B., Northwestern University
M.D., Northwestern University
Citation awarded on Saturday, June 7, 1952
Work with mentally-disturbed children is relatively new and only recently have the few pioneers in psychiatry tackled the job of developing mental hygiene programs for youngsters.
One of the few psychiatrists with a national reputation to advance the work with neurotic and psychotic children is Dr. Ann Ruth Benjamin. She is a research associate at the Chicago Institute for Psychoanalysis and a consulting psychiatrist at the Institute for Juvenile Research and the Jewish Family and Community Service. A former director of the Southard School of the Menninger Clinic in Topeka, Kansas, which is world-famous for the treatment of disturbed children, she serves several psychiatric organizations including the American Board of Psychiatry. She commutes one day a week from Chicago to Cincinnati as assistant professor at the University of Cincinnati Medical School to give seminars and personal supervision of youth doctors in child psychiatry. To this tremendous schedule, she adds a successful private Chicago practice as a psychoanalyst of both children and adults.