Obituary: Joseph William Slap, MD

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Joseph William Slap, MD

SACO and PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – Joseph William Slap, MD, 94, of Seal Rock in Saco and formerly of Philadelphia, died peacefully at his residence on May 9, 2022. He was born August 27, 1927 in the Bronx, New York City , the son of Leonard and Elizabeth Goodman Slap. Dr. Slap was a brilliant student graduating from Townsend Harris High School in 1944 and the College of the City of New York in 1948, after completing a middle year in the United States Army. In 1953, Dr. Slap graduated from Hahnemann University Medical School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, where he would later teach and supervise residents and interns in psychology. Dr. Slap majored in psychiatry and studied with the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute before moving permanently to Philadelphia, where he joined the Philadelphia Psychoanalytic Association, later becoming a training analyst. He was a pioneer in integrating concepts from neuroscience and cognitive psychology into psychoanalytic theory and created the schema model, which challenged deeply held psychoanalytic theory at the time. Dr. Slap has treated many patients over his long career and has authored and co-authored numerous scientific papers and a book he wrote with his daughter. Dr. Slap was devoted to his family and enjoyed many long summer vacations on Lake Winnipesaukee, NH, a family tradition that continues to this day. There, he introduced his children to the love of sailing, canoeing and fishing. Dr. Slap collected modern art and shared his love of art and antiques with his children, taking them to museums, including frequent visits to the local Barnes Foundation. Later in life, he developed a deep knowledge of wine and enjoyed discovering and sharing a great find. An avid competitor, Dr. Slap played tennis with his family and friends, and presided over brilliant games of Scrabble and fun family nights of poker and Hearts. However, nothing was more fun for him than spending hours doing makeup and playing games with his grandchildren, then meeting his great-granddaughter and great-grandson. Robert Slap and Nancy of Center Sandwich, NH and their children and stepchildren, Michael, Lindsay, Annie and Brittany; Lee Slap and Laurie Ann of Belmont, Mass., and their children, William, Andrew, and Thomas; Ted Slap and Lisa of Chesterfield, Mo., and their child Andy; Laura Slap-Shelton and Stephen Doane of Kennebunk, and their children and stepchildren, Melanie, Patrick and Ashley, as well as her great-grandchildren, Brooklyn and Bryson, and her nephews, Derek and Andrew Slap. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 24, 2022, at Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer St. Kennebunk. Interment will follow at Hope Cemetery, Kennebunk. To share a memory or leave a message of condolence, please visit Joseph’s Book of Memories page at http://www.bibberfuneral.com. Arrangements entrusted to Bibber Memorial Chapel, 67 Summer St. Kennebunk. Donations in honor of Dr. Slap may be made to Maine Public Radio.

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