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Robert Palmer Knight, American psychiatrist.


Knight, Robert Palmer was born on July 18, 1902 in Urbana, Ohio, United States. Son of William James and Florence (Dempcy) Knight.


Bachelor of Arts, Oberlin College, 1923. Student of University Chicago, 1924. Doctor of Medicine Northwestern University, 1932.


Adele Blasangame, February 25, 1956. Children—Deborah Dempcy, John Rawlings and Judith Corbly (twins). Teacher Sandusky (O.) High School, 1923-1926.

Master Lake Forest (Illinois) Academy 1926-1927. Interne St. Joseph Hospital, South Bend, Indiana, 1932-1933. Resident in psychiatry Menninger Sanitarium, Topeka, 1933-1934.

Staff member Menninger Clinic, Topeka, 1934-1947, chief of psychotherapy service, 1936-1946, chief of staff, 1946-1947. Senior consultant Winter Veterans Administration Hospital., Topeka, 1946-1947. Clinical professor of psychiatry Menninger School of Psychiatry, Topeka, 1946-1947.

Medical director Austen Riggs Center, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, since 1947. Clinical professor psychiatry Yale Medical School, 1947-1958. Instructor, training analyst Western New England Institute for Psychoanalysis.

Trustee Menninger Foundation, Austen Riggs Center.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor many articles to professional and medical journals American editor International Journal Psychoanalysis, since 1952.


Member Topeka Institute for Psychoanalysis (director 1947). Diplomate American Board Psychiatry and neurology. Fellow American Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association (chairman section on psychoanalysis, 1946-1947), American Psycopath.

Association (president 1945-1946), Kansas Psychiatric Society (president 1943-1947), American Psychoanalytic Association (executive councilor since 1938, secretary 1943-1947, Chairman of the Board on professional standards 1949-1951, president 1951-1953), Western New England Psychoanalytic Society, Phi Beta Kappa, Pi Kappa Epsilon, Alpha Kappa Kappa. Clubs: Yale (New York City).


Married 1st September 3, 1927 (divorced).; married second.; children: Robert Palmer, Richard Pennington, William Estabrook.

William James Knight

Florence (Dempcy) Knight

1st September 3


Robert Palmer Knight

Richard Pennington Knight

William Estabrook Knight