LAKEVILLE — Jack Feder, PhD, 94, of Lakeville, passed away on Dec. 1, 2022.
Jack was born in New York City, achieved his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the City College of New York, and a doctoral degree at New York University.
He then spent his whole professional life in Greenwich Village as a clinical psychologist in private practice. Unfortunately, a stroke intervened in 2004, leaving him unable to practice. Fortunately he and his wife, Ingrid Freidenbergs, had a house in Lakeville where there is a robust community for art, theater, dance, and music.
They moved to Lakeville from New York City permanently in 2008, and while there he was able to pursue his other passion — photography. He spent hours going over his old slides, many from his numerous world travels, and then mastering the art of digital transformation. His work has been featured in Life magazine, Popular Photography, The Village Voice and many other publications. He has shown in many galleries including the Marlborough Gallery, The Museum of Natural History and the New York Public Library. John Russell (former art critic of the New York Times) stated in a review “…Feder’s summations of life in Paris, Mexico and New York are there to be read, not gaped at, and they impress by a certain laconic penetration.” That is the same penetration, though hardly laconic, he used for his patients who were greatly saddened by his inability to continue his work. In Lakeville, another passion was being catcher in the local Sunday softball game. One can still hear him yelling — “Strike!!!”
But Jack’s single greatest passion was being a father to Paul Feder, then delight at his son’s choice of a wonderful wife, Morgan J. Feder. And when Paul and Morgan had children he became an exuberantly doting grandfather. One day his grandson, having learned the definition of “antique,” said to a passing stranger while pushing him down the street in a wheelchair, “My grandfather is an antique!!!” Jack was a precious antique indeed.
Jack is survived by his wife Ingrid Freidenbergs, son Paul Feder, daughter-in-law Morgan J. Feder, grandson Sebastian, and granddaughter Corinna. He was also a loving uncle to Katia Feder, her husband Bertrand Dubus, their son Alex, his nephew Ivan Feder, his wife Joanna Feder, and their daughter Aria. He also leaves behind his sister-in-law Chris Welles Feder, and so, so, many friends who all loved him dearly.
In a recent conversation with his son, Jack said that he wanted a big birthday celebration when he turned 95. So a celebration for Jack will be held around his 95th birthday in the spring of 2023. Any contributions can be made in Jack’s name and sent to the Salisbury Volunteer Ambulance Service.
The Kenny Funeral Home has care of arrangements.