Jeffrey Sawyer Obituary (2022) – Manhattan, NY

1959 – 2022
Jeffrey Bernhard Sawyer, 62, born July 10, 1959 in Manhattan, died suddenly of natural causes at his home on Monday, January 17, 2022, in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. Growing up in Greenwich Village in the 60s and 70s, he liked to mess around with his friends and cousins ​​at his favorite haunts – Peter Cooper’s basketball court and Washington Square Park. He spent every summer at Boiberik, a Yiddish cultural summer camp in Rhinebeck, New York, which he loved. He graduated from Friends Seminary, a Quaker day school in Manhattan in 1977 and attended Brown University, earning a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1981. He then attended medical school at SUNY Stonybrook, earning his MD in 1985. He completed two medical residencies, first in family medicine at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota, followed by a second residency in psychiatry at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. As a practicing psychiatrist for over 30 years, he specializes in addiction, mind-body medicine and integrative health. He was known professionally for his innovative approaches to treating patients and founded the Inspire Psychiatric Partial Hospital Program and the Integrated Primary Care/Behavioral Health Program at North Memorial Hospital, where he was Medical Director of Psychiatry and integrative care. In addition to providing care at several hospitals and clinics throughout his career, he has also had a private practice which has evolved to co-found two new clinics in recent years which have focused on innovative treatments including ketamine, TMS and psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy. He was a tireless defender of those who could not always defend themselves and did not tolerate injustice.

He cared deeply about his patients and was a devoted father, husband, son, cousin and friend. He had a deep love for music, especially James Taylor and Debbie Duncan, photography, travel, skiing, water sports, fishing and hunting, trying new restaurants and returning to old favorites, and watching basketball. -ball with his children. With family and friends, he loved to have fun and had a penchant for jokes, which he had inherited from his grandmother who was quite a joker.

He was predeceased by his beloved grandparents Joseph and Evelyn Field, his mother Patricia Sawyer, his brother Wayne Sawyer and his cousin Herb Sawyer.

He is survived by his wife Karli Koski, his ex-wife Ruth Taswell and their two daughters Samantha and Ellie Sawyer, his son Aubrey Koski, his cousins ​​Stacy Romano and Rachel Sawyer, and other devoted family and friends, who will be greatly missed.

Due to COVID-19, a private service was held on Thursday January 20, 2022 at the Bet Shalom Synagogue, followed by a virtual Shiva on Saturday January 22 for family, friends and colleagues.

Donations may be made in his memory to causes he actively supported, including: Minnesota Recovery Connection, https://minnesotarecovery.org and the National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI), https://nami.org.

Published by The New York Times from January 22 to January 23, 2022.

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