Dr. George H. Orvin, a former acting chairman of MUSC's department of psychiatry, died Friday. He was 92.
Orvin frequently was recognized for his civic work in Charleston. In 1987, he established Charleston's New Hope Treatment Centers, serving as chairman and chairman emeritus until his death. The New Hope Treatment Centers specialize in helping adolescents overcome mental disorders and maintain good relationships with their families.
Orvin was born August 6, 1922, in Columbia. He grew up attending public schools in Charleston and received his undergraduate degree from The Citadel in 1943. He continued his education at MUSC, graduating in 1946.
In 1960, Orvin spent a year in London as a clinical assistant at the University of London Institute of Psychiatry, Maudsley Hospital, while doing a post graduate study in child psychiatry. Upon his return to Charleston, Orvin became well known for his lectures on child psychiatry and mental illnesses.
In 1977, Orvin was appointed a professor of psychiatry at MUSC and served as chief of adolescent psychiatry. In 1982, he became acting chairman of the department of psychiatry. He retired in 1989 and was awarded professor emeritus status in 1993.
Orvin was a diplomat of the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, a fellow of the American Society of Adolescent Psychiatry, a fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a fellow of the Southern Psychiatric Association.
He is survived by his wife of 70 years, Rosalie S. Orvin, three children, nine grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren and three sisters. Arrangements are being handled by Stuhr's Downtown Chapel of Charleston.
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