Pierre and Felice Loebel

The Oxford Loebel Lectures and Research Programme is made possible through the generosity of Pierre and Felice Loebel.

J. Pierre Loebel

J. Pierre Loebel was born in Bucharest, Romania; is married; and has 4 children, one of whom is also a psychiatrist. After high school and military service in the U.K. he obtained his undergraduate education (Philosophy and Psychology) at Oxford University. This was followed by medical school and training in South Africa and postgraduate training in psychiatry at the Maudsley and Bethlem Royal Hospitals and the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College, London.

Dr Loebel is Clinical Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle from which he retired as Chief of the Geriatric Psychiatry Service at an associated hospital.  He has also maintained a private practice, including being the founder, CEO and Medical Director of a multi-disciplinary group providing mental health services to patients residing in nursing homes.

His professional affiliations have included the Washington State District Branch (past President) of the American Psychiatric Association (APA); consultant to the World Health Organization; membership of the Board of Directors of the American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry; and membership of the Seattle Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. He is a Distinguished Life Fellow of the APA; a Fellow of the American College of Psychiatrists; and a Fellow of the Royal College of Psychiatrists.

Dr Loebel’s research interests, publications and presentations are in the areas of long-term care; suicide in the elderly; retirement of physicians; psychiatric aspects of end of life care; education in psychiatry; and the biopsychosocial approach. He has published over 40 articles and chapters in these and related fields.

Felice Loebel

Felice Loebel (née Selipsky) was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. She is married and has 4 children. She obtained a B.A. (majoring in English and Art History) at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and then read English Language and Literature for her B.A. (Hons) and M.A at Oxford. On her return to South Africa she joined the Faculty of the English Department at the University of the Witwatersrand.

She and her family left South Africa for London and then Seattle, where she and her husband were appointed to Faculties at the University of Washington, she in the Department of English.  This included leading groups of students to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival in Ashland, Oregon, one of the oldest such in the USA, where she acted as lecturer and events organizer.

Felice was also involved in the management of the “Psychoanalysis in Everyday Life” annual lecture series, which she and her husband founded, under the joint aegis of the Seattle Psychoanalytic School and Institute and the University of Washington (UW). Also at the UW she was instrumental in developing the volunteer activities associated with the main University Hall of Music, and is an active participant in the music making and related activities of the Seattle Symphony Orchestra.

Her hobbies include writing, gardening, playing the piano, multi-traditional cooking and keeping abreast of her 8 grandchildren.