Psychoanalyst Albert Mason (1926-2018), who worked closely with Bion and was profoundly influenced by the ideas of Melanie Klein, died at home in Los Angeles last year.
Mason started his career in London as an anaesthetist, before moving into psychiatry and then training as an analyst with the British Psychoanalytical Society (BPAS). He moved to LA in 1969, where he went on to become a Training and Supervising Analyst in the Los Angeles Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (now the New Center for Psychoanalysis). He was a founding member, Training and Supervising Analyst, and President of the Psychoanalytic Center of California (PCC), and he played a central role in introducing and developing Kleinian theory in the USA.
At a recent BPAS meeting, Kleinian analysts John Steiner and David Bell shared some of their memories of Dr Mason. These presentations are available to download here in edited form.
Both pieces previously appeared in the Bulletin of the British Psychoanalytical Society, in slightly different versions.
An obituary of Albert Mason also appeared in the Los Angeles Times.