Daniel Luchins, distinguished psychiatrist and researcher, 1948-2018

May 07, 2018

Dr. Daniel Luchins, Associate Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and a staff psychiatrist at the Jesse Brown VA, died May 2, 2018. He was 69.

The Chair of the VA, Dr. Peter Fore, wrote the following about Dr. Luchins:

"For the past twelve years Dan has been a staff psychiatrist at the Jesse Brown VA working with veterans in the Auburn-Gresham Community Based outpatient clinic and with young combat veterans at Jesse Brown. He has been highly regarded by patients and staff.

Dr. Luchins had a distinguished career spanning over 40 years and was a former president of the Illinois Psychiatric Society. He was an Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Chicago for 25 years where he was at various times Director, Geriatrics Psychiatry Clinic; Chief of Adult Psychiatry; Director, Public Psychiatry; and Director, Center for Public Mental Health Services Research. He consulted with the State Mental Health system for many years and was the Medical Coordinator for Mental Health, Illinois Department of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities from 1988 to 1991. He was a prolific researcher with over 175 publications. He taught generations of psychiatry residents and medical students. He was known for his intellect, humanity, and dry sense of humor. He will be sorely missed."