Barbara A. Torpie, psychiatrist

Obituaries May 30, 2013 0 Comments

Dr. Barbara Ann Torpie, 71, a psychiatrist and psychoanalyst who had maintained a practice in Wyndmoor for more than a decade, died April 21 at her home in Chestnut Hill.

Dr. Torpie was an active member of the Psychoanalytic Center of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Psychoanalytic Foundation. A dedicated clinician, she was a faculty member at the former Philadelphia Psychoanalytic Institute and Society of Pennsylvania Hospital.

Born Barbara Ann Pilik in Philadelphia, she was a graduate of Temple University and Hahnemann Medical College. At a time when medicine was a male-dominated field, she stood out as one of three women in her graduating class of 91 physicians.

While at Hahnemann, she met her future husband, Dr. Richard J. Torpie. The couple graduated together in 1966 and later moved to the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia where they raised three children.

Dr. Torpie is survived by a son, Christopher; daughters Jennifer and Melissa; a sister, Marlene Graham, and two grandchildren.

A private memorial service will be held. Memorial donations may be made to the Philadelphia Psychoanalytic Foundation, Rockland-East Fairmount Park, 3810 Mt. Pleasant Drive, Philadelphia, PA 19121.– WF

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