On May 13, an event an oral “Festschrift” was held, in which the part of the ISTFP community connected to Cornell and special guests gathered with Otto Kernberg to celebrate his retirement as Director of the Personality Disorder Institute of New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical College.
More than 90 colleagues and members of his family paid heartfelt tribute through special words dedicated by Nancy Mc Williams, John Oldham, Salman Akhtar, Mark Solms, and Stephan Doering.
Undoubtedly, it was a moment of many mixed emotions.
Many voices honouring the same man
A lot can be said about Otto, his versatility and his skills in different fields make it difficult to choose how to pay tribute to him. Not surprisingly, everyone who spoke at the Festchrift chose a similar path, by addressing not only his long career and inspiration for many mental health professionals and therapists, but also his human qualities.