Arthur C. Huntley, 83, psychiatrist

Arthur C. Huntley
Arthur C. Huntley
Posted: March 17, 2014

A memorial service will be held Saturday, March 22, for retired psychiatrist Arthur C. Huntley, 83, formerly of Radnor, who died Sunday, Feb. 23, at Bryn Mawr Hospital.

The service is planned for 11 a.m. at Dunwoody Village, a retirement community at 3500 W. Chester Pike, Newtown Square, where Dr. Huntley had lived for the last few years.

Dr. Huntley, who died from complications after falling, was a professor of psychiatry at the Medical College of Pennsylvania.

His wife, Ann Abbott, said he was active in the Philadelphia psychiatric community for more than 50 years, specializing in family and individual therapy.

He never discussed his clients' troubles because he believed in patient privacy, his wife said. "I respected that," she said.

He served a residency at Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute on Henry Avenue in Philadelphia and stayed on to direct one of the first adult psychiatric day hospital programs in the area.

Later, he was director of group and family therapy, as well as vice chairman of the Department of Psychiatry and director of adult psychiatric services at the Medical College of Pennsylvania.

He rose to medical director and vice president for medical affairs at the college.

Over the years, he also was on the staff at Germantown Hospital, Chestnut Hill Hospital, and Sacred Heart Hospital in Norristown.

Before retiring in 2005, Dr. Huntley spent a decade as chief of psychiatry and director of training and clinical research at Norristown State Hospital.

He maintained private practices in Gwynedd Valley and Radnor, where he lived at various times.

Born in Union City, Pa., he grew up in Conneaut Lake and graduated from Conneaut Lake High School, and then Thiel College in Greenville.

Between his medical education at Jefferson Medical College and his psychiatric residency, he served in the Air Force as a general medical officer in Etain, France.

In addition to training in general psychiatry, Dr. Huntley completed psychoanalytic training so he could practice in both areas.

He served as president of the Philadelphia Psychiatric Society, as an adjunct professor of psychiatry at Temple University, and taught family therapy at the Bryn Mawr College Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research.

An avid sportsman, he especially enjoyed tennis, swimming, and competitive sailing. He loved kayaking and sailing on Green Bay in Wisconsin, where he maintained a second home.

In retirement, he read every afternoon for three hours and inspired other seniors with his vigorous workouts in the Dunwoody community gym.

Surviving, beside his wife, are sons Doug and Mark; and four grandchildren.

Contributions may be made to the National Alliance on Mental Illness via


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