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Notification of the passing of Fred Mimmack, MD

November 15, 2022 2:27 PM | Anonymous

While no obituary has been released, we wanted to make you aware of the passing of Fred Mimmack, MD. Dr. Mimmack died on Thursday, November 10, 2022, in his home surrounded by family.

Dr. Mimmack received both his undergraduate and medical education at Stanford University, graduating with his MD in 1957. His internship and psychiatric training were done at the University of Colorado Medical Center followed by serving as Chief of the Mental Health Consultation Service at Fitzsimons Army Hospital from 1961-1963. He worked as a staff psychiatrist at both the Wardenburg Student Health Service at the University of Colorado Boulder and the Colorado Women’s College of Denver through the 60’s and 70’s. As a professor at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Dr. Mimmack’s excellence in teaching earned him numerous awards. He won the Outstanding Medical Clinical Faculty Award (UCSHS) in 1976, the Second Annual Eleanor A. Steele Award for Excellence in Teaching Award in 1983, and the Jay Scully, M.D. Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1993, to name a few.

In 1986, Dr. Mimmack graduated from the Denver Institute for Psychoanalysis. Upon graduation, he joined the Institute Faculty teaching diverse courses such as: theory of dreams, adult development, traumatic overstimulation, the development of gender identity, and psychoanalytic psychotherapy. In 1995, he developed and chaired a Study Group on Psychoanalysis and Homosexuality.

Dr. Mimmack was also a long-time member of the Society. He served as reviewer of the Society Newsletter for many years and organized the Film Series in the early 2000’s. Dr. Mimmack’s salon What the Horse Whisperer Taught the Psychoanalyst was so well received, he was asked back to do several more salons along this same vein. The Society was honored to be a part of Dr. Mimmack’s last film discussion of The Boys of ‘36 in April 2022.

Dr. Jacob Jacobson wrote this about Dr. Mimmack (1997), “I consider him an outstanding psychiatrist and psychoanalyst and a distinguished colleague and teacher who has made noteworthy contributions to psychiatry and to psychiatric education, as well as to the psychoanalytic and broader general communities. He represents well our highest ideals of professional excellence, integrity, and dedication.” Fred Mimmack, MD was an integral part of both the Institute and Society for many years, and he will be dearly missed! 


  • December 01, 2022 8:09 PM | Rick Bailey
    I'm saddened to hear this. Dr. Mimmack was my psychoanalyst from 2009 to 2014. He brought great sensitivity and creativity to our sessions and he changed my life. At his urging, I took up creative writing and that too has changed my life, leading to many friendships in the writing and theater communities. My own writing has been focused on playwriting and screenwriting. In 2015 I joined the board of Lighthouse Writers Workshop and I'm finishing my 8th and final year in April 2023. I think it's fair to say that Dr. Mimmack's influence goes on and on through me and through the thousands of other patients he saw in his practice. One finishes an analysis, but always hopes for some further contact. I wish I had the chance, once more, to say goodbye and thank-you. I will miss him. Rick Bailey
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