Samuel Wagonfeld

Obituary of Samuel Wagonfeld

Samuel Wagonfeld, MD, highly regarded Denver psychiatrist and analyst, died on January 24, 2017

as a result of cardiac arrest. Born in 1931, Dr. Wagonfeld graduated from the Bronx High School of Science, Cornell University (MA), the University of

Chicago Medical School (MD) and the

University of Michigan (MS). He completed

his internship at the University of Colorado

Medical Center and was a psychiatric

resident and Child Fellow at the University of

Michigan. In 1967 he returned to the

University of Colorado and began his long

association with the Denver Psychoanalytic

Institute where he continued as a training

and supervising analyst. He left the University

faculty to develop a successful private

practice in 1975 but continued at different

times to consult and volunteer for the

University of Colorado Medical Center

(including membership on the UCMC

admissions committee). He was a member of

several professional societies and taught

many courses at the University of Colorado

Medical School, Denver Psychoanalytic

Institute and the Denver Psychoanalytic

Society.

His special commitment and primary interests

were to child and adolescent psychiatry and

psychoanalysis where he was considered a

wise and insightful pioneer. Later in his

career he also developed a forensic

psychiatry practice, primarily representing

the interests of young people and their

families.

Fiercely proud of his heritage, Sam

considered himself a cultural rather than a

religious Jew. His parents both immigrated

to New York City from Russia in the early

1900s. His father, Harry Wagonfeld -- starting

from nothing -- established a successful

wholesale pharmacy business in the city.

Sam's many friends knew him as a passionate

and extraordinarily intelligent man with wide

ranging interests, strong opinions and

extensive knowledge of many and varied

topics. He felt bereft if he did not have his

daily copy of The New York Times.

An inveterate collector, for many years he

developed an extensive stamp collection. He

was also committed to fly fishing, golf,

movies and wine. His primary passion was

Inuit (northern Canadian Eskimo) art. Over

the next 25 years he amassed a world class

collection.

He leaves his two beloved sons and their

families in the San Francisco area: David and

Alison and their 3 children; Joel and Lisa and

their 2 children. David's and Joel's mother,

Barbara, died in 1987 after a tragic accident.

He also leaves his much loved, long-time

companion, Sally V. Allen, and her son,

Vance, his wife Phyllis and their 2 children.

Over 26 years, Sam and Sally shared a rich

rewarding life together.

Service, Friday, 1:00pm, Feldman Mortuary

Chapel; Interment Emanuel Cemetery;

Contributions suggested to Friends of

Chamber Music, 191 University Boulevard,

Suite # 974 Denver, CO 80206 or to the

Douglas Society at Denver Art Museum, 100

W. 14th Avenue Parkway, Denver CO 80204.