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Leo Gold

Leo Gold of West Orange died July 8, 2011. Born and raised in New York City, he lived in Maplewood for 11 years before moving to West Orange, where he resided for more than 50 years.

Dr. Gold, a psychologist and lecturer, had a private practice with locations in New York City, South Orange, and Verona. He was dean of the Adler Institute of New York and president of the North American Society of Adlerian Psychology, as well as a member of the Board of Trustees Association of the Hunterdon Developmental Center.

In the 1950s he was known for his work with drug addiction, especially with teenagers. In 1988, he gained recognition for his work in “Dreams,” for which he was the winner of the Margrit Eisner Foundation Award in Switzerland. He was an advocate for the mentally disabled.

He graduated from the Bronx High School of Science and received all of his degrees from New York University.

He was honorably discharged as a U.S. Army surgical technician after serving during World War II. He received his training at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.

Predeceased by his first wife, Janet Gutman Becker, and his second wife, Leila Goldfarb Simon, he is survived by a daughter, Erica of West Orange; a son, Steven of Brooklyn; three stepsons, Jeffrey Simon of Woodcliff Lake, Robert Simon of Fort Meyers, Fla., and David Simon of Clinton; his brother, Sidney of New York City; and four grandchildren.

Private services were held with arrangements by Menorah Chapels at Millburn, Union.

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