On behalf of the Executive Committee of APAL, I am sorry to inform you of the death of Prof. Jose Geraldo Vernet Taborda, in the city of Porto Alegre. We want to offer our deepest condolence to his family, his wife María Zenovia and children.
Prof. Vernet Taborda was a prominent forensic psychiatrist, author of several articles, chapters of books and of a reference book for Brazilian psychiatry “Forensic Psychiatry” (Artmed, 2012).
He was an Associated Professor of Psychiatry in the Federal University of Health Sciences of Porto Alegre (UFCSPA), where he founded the first Forensic Psychiatry Service of Brazil. He was also Professor of Postgraduate Studies in Health Sciences in the UFCSPA, in charge of Bioethics postgraduate courses and Coordinator of the Committee of Ethics and researches of said institution. He has been Coordinator of the Forensic Psychiatry Section in the WPA since 2008.
He founded the Bioethics and Legal Psychiatry Chapter of the Brazilian Association of Psychiatry (ABP). He was a member of the board in the World Psychiatric Association (WPA), as Regional Representative (Region 5), member of the Psychiatry Technical Chamber of the Forensic Medical Board and member of the Medicine Academy of Rio Grande do Sul. He was distinguished as Honorary Member of the WPA in the World Congress held on September, 2011.
Besides his extensive professional experience, José Geraldo was a great man and a faithful friend, with a broad cultural background and empathy toward others. I had the pleasure to see him frequently and we share some enjoyable talks in Punta del Este this last summer. His special presence will be with us, colleagues and friends, forever, as well as his inspiring example for the Brazilian and Latin-American Psychiatry.
Alfredo H. Cía
President of APAL
Latin-American Psychiatric Association