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Bert J. Schloss

Died: October 12, 2011

A psychiatrist in Los Angeles, Bert — who became known to many as Jamie — died suddenly on October 12, 2011, in the midst of an active practice. Bert was a wise and gifted therapist. He also loved dogs, art, travel, the latest electronic gadgets, and his family. Bert’s passing prompted an outpouring of tributes from devoted patients, many of whom update their remembrances on the anniversary of his death or on his birthday. These tributes portray a combination of professional success and personal warmth and kindness that mark a life well lived. Here is a small sample:

Jamie had such a rare combination of kindness, compassion, dedication, and intelligence.

He was one of the kindest, most brilliant and most caring doctors that I have ever met.

When I think of you, I remember your smile and comforting voice.

I hope you are soaring with the angels, your beloved dad, and all your beautiful dogs. You are so special to so many. What a legacy!

My family will be forever changed by the kindness and dignity shown to them over the past 20 years by Dr. Schloss.

I have never encountered a more selfless, caring individual. You stepped up and became a second father to me.

You instilled confidence in me to work and create again.

His genuine kindness and caring are impossible to describe. . . He was a man who truly gave of his soul and heart to all of his patients.

A more beloved psychiatrist will likely not be known anytime soon. His patients took comfort in his gentle, unconditional acceptance. He had a rare combination of humor and humility.

Jamie was one of the most compassionate people I will ever know. He selflessly dedicated his life to helping others and he was so incredibly good at it. Jamie was kind, generous, responsible, incredibly knowledgeable, funny, and so caring.

I’ll remember him for his smile, his wit, and the hugs he gave at the end of each visit. He was not just my doctor; he was my friend and advocate.

I will always remember his love of Fritos and his Peet’s coffee … his beautiful paintings, his gadgets, the love he had for his “pooches,” his family and especially the conversations he had with his dad.

I have never known a more kind or more gentle or more intelligent person. He possessed so many wonderful qualities. He was my mentor and friend. And he was one of the very few people I turned to for guidance and support. I did so because I knew Dr. Schloss was rooting for me, like I suppose he was rooting for all his patients and friends. Such an unselfish, caring man.

For almost 15 years he patiently listened and helped me with his wisdom, medical expertise, and most of all his kindness. Dr. Schloss was the kindest, most emphatic person I ever knew. Unlike many psychiatrists, he was open to sharing experiences and feelings from his personal life, such as his love of his dogs and family history.

Dr. Schloss was not just the most caring doctor I never ever met, he was one of the most caring people I have ever come across. He was a truly wonderful and beautiful person.