Dr. Jose D. Arana, associate professor of psychiatry, dies


A memorial Mass for Dr. Jose D. Arana, associate professor of psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and clinical director of the Walter P. Carter Community Mental Health Center, will be offered at 5 p.m. tomorrow at the Roman Catholic Church of the Nativity, 1809 Vista Lane, Timonium.

Dr. Arana, who was 52 and lived in Lutherville, died Feb. 3 after an apparent heart attack in Lima, Peru, where he was helping the Pan American Psychiatric Association evaluate mental health services.

Since 1980, he was clinical director of the clinic, which has facilities on West Fayette Street and in Catonsville. Earlier, he was in charge of inpatient services there.

Dr. Arana was particularly interested in substance abuse in psychiatric patients and in the characteristics of homeless people who are mentally ill. He published many professional papers.

He recently was appointed Hispanic-American representative to the American Psychiatric Association Assembly and was a former president of the Maryland Psychiatric Society. He also belonged to the American Society of Hispanic Psychiatrists, the Society for the Study of Psychiatry and Culture, the Baltimore City Medical Society and the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland.

A native of Lima, he earned his medical degree there in 1967 at the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, in Lima where he was an intern before studying psychiatry in Berlin.

He came to Baltimore in 1969 as a resident at the University of Maryland Institute of Psychiatry and Human Behavior.

He is survived by his wife, Clara Ines Arana; a son, Sebastian Arana of Lutherville; a daughter, Claudia Arana of Lutherville; and his mother and sister in Peru.

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