Andre Dupuis

May 28, 1937 - June 19, 2012
Andre Dupuis, May 28, 1937 - June 19, 2012

    Andre Dupuis of East Hampton, a distinguished psychiatrist and medical researcher, skilled organist and pianist, and devoted gardener, died on June 19 at Southampton Hospital of cardiopulmonary arrest. He was 75 years old.
    Dr. Dupuis was born in Joliette, Quebec, Canada, on May 28, 1937, to Olaus Dupuis and the former Exerina Malo. At the age of 11 he played the organ at the Joliette Cathedral. He continued playing throughout his life for the sheer joy of it, friends said, including filling in for regular organists on Sundays at churches around the South Fork, most recently at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church on Shelter Island, where he played the organ two days before he died.
    At age 16, Dr. Dupuis won a performance prize at the Interlochen Music Camp in Michigan, and performed Beethoven piano concertos on tour with the National Symphony Orchestra. He was the organist at the College of Joliette while pursuing his undergraduate degree. He chose psychiatry as a profession, and graduated cum laude from the University of Montreal School of Medicine in 1962.
    Dr. Dupuis moved to New York that year and became immersed in the cultural life of the city while completing his residency at Mount Sinai Hospital. In the late 1960s he served as a major in the Army Reserve as director of mental hygiene at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas.
    Dr. Dupuis returned to New York City in 1971 to establish a successful private psychiatric practice, along with other professional and musical activities. He enjoyed accompanying young singers and hosting musical events in his home. After his partner, Ken Kroft, died of an AIDs-related illness, Dr. Dupuis established in 1989 the Ken Kroft Children’s Fund for piano instruction.
    A diabetic since the age of 35, Dr. Dupuis did published research on the development of self-managed diabetes control and its psychological responses. He provided adolescent psychiatric services for the community youth program at Mount Sinai, and was director of the geriatric psychiatry program at the Manhattan Psychiatric Center of New York University Medical Center. He was also a psychiatrist at the Manhattan Psychiatric Center, the Payne Whitney Clinic, the Rockefeller University Hospital, and New York Hospital-Cornell Medical College. He taught at the Cornell University College of Medicine and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine.
    Dr. Dupuis belonged to the American Psychiatric Association and the Greater Long Island Psychiatric Society. A part-time resident of East Hampton since 1984, he moved here full time in the late 1990s and became the consulting psychiatrist for the Family Service League at its East Hampton clinic. He was a charter subscriber to the Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival and never missed a season.
    Dr. Dupuis is survived by his niece, Francine Lavallee of Vaudreuil-Dorian, Quebec, and by many friends and associates in Manhattan and on the South Fork who “cherish his love of people and his devotion to his craft and the arts,” friends wrote. He was cremated. A small ceremony will be held later in the summer.
    Contributions in his name can be made to Opera Index at operaindexinc.org, the William Alanson White Institute’s program for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender clinical services at wawhite.org, or the Association of Gay and Lesbian Psychiatrists at aglp.org.