Bernard Asa Chenowith (1939-2003)

Dr. Bernard Chenowith, Noted Psychiatrist, 65, Dies

Bernard Chenowith, long a fixture in the Los Angeles psychiatric community, died at Cedars-Sinai Hospital early Tuesday morning after a months-long battle with stomach cancer.

A native Californian, Chenowith was born in 1939 in Davis. He studied psychology as an undergraduate at University of California-Berkeley, and then earned his Doctorate in Psychiatric Studies at Stanford University. As a research fellow at Stanford, he led several pioneering studies in the pharmaceutical treatment of many psychiatric disorders and was instrumental in the fight to discontinue insulin-shock therapy in the treatment of schizophrenia.

Chenowith made headlines in the late 1960's, along with his wife and colleague Margaret Chenowith, when they agreed to let their daughter be the subject of a number of groundbreaking studies performed by the controversial Gareth Feinberg, resulting in the publication of "Charlotte, Light and Dark," a cult favorite of teenage girls for the past three decades. Recently Chenowith and his wife moved into the entertainment industry as psychiatric story consultants to many major Hollywood producers.

Chenowith is survived by his wife Margaret, and two children, Brenda and William. Memorials should be made to The Nature Conservancy, PETA, and Hadassah.

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