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Enoch callaway: 1924-2014

Tiburon man was a noted researcher, scientist

By Deirdre McCrohan
dmccrohan@thearknewspaper.com

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Dr. Enoch "Noch" Callaway III of Tiburon, an internationally recognized pioneer researcher, teacher, scientist, collaborator and psychotherapist in the field of biological psychiatry, died of heart failure Aug. 15 at Marin General Hospital. He was 90.

In 1958, Dr. Callaway was recruited to become director of research for the newly constructed research wing of the Langley Porter Neuropsychiatric Institute and the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California at San Francisco. He remained until 1994, when he became a professor emeritus.

"He worked creatively and rigorously in facilitating the essential transition from traditional psychiatric treatment to exploring more rigorous and carefully evaluated treatments," said his colleague and former student, Dr. Reese Jones of Belvedere.

Dr. Callaway was an early adopter and a skillful adapter of many new scientific psychiatric technologies and worked on potential treatments that employed mixtures of psychopharmacology and technologies, as well as human kindness, Jones said. Interested in the use of computers early on, Dr. Callaway took advanced classes in mathematics and statistics at Johns Hopkins University, and his PDP-8 laboratory computer was one of the first on the UCSF campus.

He had published widely with his many scientific collaborators and was known, in the classroom and in the lab, as a gifted mentor to up-and-coming psychiatric researchers.

"He considered his students to be his most important contribution," Jones said.

In 1991, the Society of Biological Psychiatry gave him its George N. Thompson Award. In 1996, the society honored him for his lifetime contribution to biological psychiatry. He had served as president of the organization, and its journal had published his papers over the years.
UCSF gave him its J. Elliot Royer Award in 1981. The American Psychiatric Association named him a Distinguished Life Fellow in 1982.

He also had served as president of the Society for Psychophysiological Research. He served on editorial boards for several other publications.
In the mid-1990s, he founded and led Neurobiological Technologies Inc., a pharmaceutical technology company developing new pharmacological therapies.

In retirement, he volunteered as a "free psychopharmacologist" at the Family Service Agency of Marin, which provides counseling to families.
He self-published two books, "Asylum" (2007), about his training years at Worcester State Hospital, which colleague Jones said every young psychiatrist in training should read; and "The Mating Flower" (2012), a novel that grew out of his interest in botany. He also wrote the article "Two Psychiatrists Look at Their Obsession," on fly fishing, which reportedly appeared in California Fly Fisher.

Born in La Grange, Ga., he was a third-generation doctor, both his father and grandfather being noted surgeons. Because he had a slight hand tremor, which didn't bode well for a career in surgery, he moved in a different direction.

He received his bachelor's and medical degrees from Columbia University and interned at Emory University Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta from 1947 to 1948. He also trained at Worcester State Hospital in Massachusetts 1948-1949, at the University of Maryland in 1950 and at the Baltimore Psychoanalytic Institute, now the Baltimore Washington Institute for Psychoanalysis, in 1957.

Dr. Callaway and his first wife, Dorothy, moved to Tiburon in the late 1950s and raised their children there. Dorothy died in 2001.

In his free time, he played doubles tennis, pursued his passion for fly fishing, agitated for the establishment of a community garden, played the recorder in the "Black Hats" chamber music group, read voraciously and wrote. In his retirement years, he also took up windsurfing in Richardson Bay off the Belvedere shoreline. When he developed heart problems, he switched to kayaking. He was known for his "marvelous sense of humor," Jones said. For a number of years, he volunteered at the Belvedere-Tiburon Library as a computer tutor.

In his addition to his partner for the past decade, Dorothy "Dot" Potter, Dr. Callaway is survived by two daughters, Rebecca Callaway of Tiburon and Deborah Callaway of Los Angeles; two granddaughters, Gavia Brennan of San Francisco and Sage Keeley of San Rafael; and four great-grandchildren, Malachi, Gabriel, Jackson and Catalina.

A memorial gathering will be held at 2 p.m. Oct. 16 at San Francisco Yacht Club, 88 Beach Road, Belvedere.

Donations in his memory may be make to the Rotary Club of Tiburon-Belvedere, PO Box 220, Tiburon, CA 94920.

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