Braxton McKee, Associate Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Yale Medical School was born in Winchester, VA in 1933. He graduated from Mersersberg Academy in Pennsylvania and went on to college at the University of Virginia. Following college, he graduated from the University of Virginia Medical School in 1959. After his medical internship at New York Hospital, he trained as a psychiatrist at Yale Medical School and did further training as a psychoanalyst at the Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis in New Haven. Most of his professional life was as a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst in private practice in New Haven, however, for his entire professional career he was a very active member of the clinical faculty at the Department of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine. He was a beloved teacher, supervisor and mentor to many medical students and residents in Psychiatry. His outstanding teaching skills were recognized by being awarded a teaching prize by the Yale Psychiatry Department and the Sabshin Award from the American Psychoanalytic Association. As well as his teaching activities, he was one of the authors of the book The Seasons of a Man which describes the patterns of adult development in men, exploring and explaining specific periods of personal development through which people must pass. Dr. McKee was a remarkable person with a gift for friendship. He had a wonderful sense of humor and, at times, a sense of the ridiculous. While he was a good listener, he readily shared of himself, which was part of his warmth and generosity. He had an unusual passion for making walking “sticks” from maple saplings and has populated the city of New Haven (and Europe, UK, and Australia) with them. He was an avid reader and a devotee of opera, particularly the Opera Program at the Yale School of Music. He will be greatly missed by many people. He is survived by his wife, Lorraine Siggins of New Haven, CT, his sister Anne Chase of New Hampshire, his daughters Katherine McKee of Berkeley, CA and Rowena Mason of Santa Paula, CA and his son, David McKee of Cambridge MA and by a grandson, Sam Mason and granddaughter, Anna McKee and several nieces and nephews.
The funeral service will be held on Friday, February 7, 2014 at 11:00 am at Christ Church, 84 Broadway, New Haven, CT. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Braxton McKee Scholarship Fund for opera students at the Yale School of Music and may be sent to Yale University Office of Development, 150 Church St., New Haven, CT 06510. Arrangements are with the Hawley Lincoln Memorial, 493 Whitney Ave., New Haven.