Dr. Lewis L. Judd, 88, Advocate of Brain Science, Dies at 88

Lewis Lund Judd was born in Los Angeles on Feb. 10, 1930, the first of two sons of Dr. George Ezra Judd, an obstetrician-gynecologist, as well as Emmeline (Lund) Judd, a homemaker. His younger brother, Howard, also a doctor, died in 2007. Besides his wife, he is actually survived by three daughters — Stephanie Judd, a psychologist; Catherine Judd, a professor of English literature at the University of Miami; as well as Allison Fee, an occupational therapist — as well as 5 grandchildren.

After graduating via Harvard School, a Los Angeles boys’ prep school (at This particular point part of the coeducational Harvard-Westlake School), he entered the University of Utah, where he completed a degree in psychology in 1954. He studied medicine at George Washington University as well as at the University of California, Los Angeles, finishing his medical degree in 1958. He completed his internship as well as a residency in psychiatry at U.C.L.A. After a stint inside Air Force as base psychiatrist at Griffiss Air Force Base in Rome, N.Y., he joined the U.C.L.A. psychiatry faculty.

In 1970, Dr. Arnold J. Mandell, the founding chairman of the psychiatry department at the University of California, San Diego, recruited Dr. Judd. The two built the department via the ground up, producing This particular one of the leaders in federal research funding. This particular was while consulting on an outside program to help adolescents with drug problems that will Dr. Judd met a social worker, Patricia Hoffman, whom he married.

Dr. Judd became department chairman in 1977 as well as, after three years as head of the N.I.M.H., returned. He remained there for 36 years as well as became a recognizable public face in brain science. He also maintained a little clinical practice, specializing in treating severe depression.

When he retired as chairman in 2013, Dr. Judd was asked by a university press officer about his legacy.

“The thing I’m most proud of is actually how psychiatry is actually becoming increasingly recognized as a real biomedical science,” he replied. “This particular used to be disdained. A broken mind wasn’t as real as a broken bone. We lionized physical medicine, however dismissed brain biology, which has an enormous affect upon not just our behavior, however our bodies as well.”