George L. Mizner MD (92) died peacefully in his Vail home on September 14, 2022 surrounded by his family.
Dr.Mizner was a graduate in the first class of the Denver Institute in the late 60’s. Other members of his class included John Kelly, Bob Emde, David Metcalf and Sam Wagonfeld.
He began life in Old Europe Vienna, not far from the birthplace of psychoanalysis near Berggasse. After fleeing the Nazi occupation, he settled first in England, then in New York. Before settling in Colorado in 1963, he attended Antioch College, Rochester Medical School, did a Yale Pediatric Residency, before switching to the University of Rochester Residency in Psychiatry. From 1961 to 1963 he served two years in airforce service in Bitberg, Germany. There, he discovered that if he did not allow the airforce access to his records, all kinds of people came for therapy, with the certainty of confidentiality.
Dr. Mizner initially practiced psychoanalysis during his academic years at the Colorado Psychiatric Hospital, (now UCHSC) Outpatient Clinic, as well as supervising first year Psychiatric Residents. He was recognized for his enthusiastic teaching methods, and welcoming style to young physicians.
Upon entering private practice, he continued in the psychoanalytic method, and included other treatment modalities for his many patients. He also lead the Colorado Psychiatric Society in many capacities, including President.
Dr. Mizner will be remembered by this colleagues, friends and patients for his intellect, insatiable curiosity, sense of humor, and passion for life’s many gifts.
He is survived by his current wife, Carolyne Smith, daughters Gail and Susan, and three grandchildren. His first wife Joanne predeceased him.
Memorial is scheduled for October 9 in Vail.