Peter Hartocollis, 90, of Mount Airy, a psychiatrist, academic, and former director of the Menninger Foundation hospital in Topeka, Kan., died Tuesday, Sept. 24, at his home of complications from Parkinson's disease.
Dr. Hartocollis divided his time between Athens, Greece, and Mount Airy. He was one of the first to describe borderline personality disorder, a long-term pattern of unstable or turbulent emotions that can lead to impulsivity and chaotic relationships with others. His collaborator was Otto Kernberg, now at Weill Cornell Medical College.
In Greece, Dr. Hartocollis was known as the father of contemporary psychoanalysis, having introduced its use there, according to his daughter Lina. He was a leader, thinker, and prolific writer among the post-World War II psychiatrists trained in classic Freudian analysis, his daughter said.