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Dr. Leon Tac, 93, Westport Psychiatrist, Author

WESTPORT, Conn. – Dr. Leon Tec, a Westport psychiatrist and author, died Jan. 19. He was 93.

Tec was born July 1, 1919, in Baranowicze, Poland. His medical studies at Stefan Batory Medical School in Vilnius, Lithuania, were cut short by World War II. He fled Europe for Palestine in 1940 and completed his studies at St. Joseph's University in Beirut, Lebanon, in 1944.

After serving as a doctor in the Israeli War of Independence, Tec traveled to New York to study psychiatry at Bellevue Hospital. He completed a two-year fellowship in child psychiatry after residency and served on the faculty at Bellevue Hospital for six years.

In 1960, Tec moved to Westport to serve as medical director of the Mid-Fairfield Child Guidance Center. He maintained a private practice until his death. He was a life fellow of several American and foreign psychiatrist associations.

Tec wrote three books: "The Fear of Success" (1976), "Targets" (1980) and "Adventure and Destiny" (1999). He also authored more than 70 scientific articles in national and international journals.

For many years, his columns on parenting appeared in The New York Times and other newspapers, including the Westport News . From 1972 to 1979, he hosted a weekly radio program, "Conversations with Dr. Tec."

Tec is survived by his wife, Dr. Nechama Tec; two children, Leora Tec, of Lexington, Mass., and Roland Tec, of New York City; and two grandchildren.

Services were held Monday at Temple Israel in Westport. Greens Funeral Home handled arrangements.

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