Nobel laureate John Nash, wife Alicia remembered in N.J. for fighting stigma of mental illness

By Susan K. Livio | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

alicia and john nash image, mental illnessAs news spread about the deaths of John Nash and his wife, Alicia, following an accident on the N.J. Turnpike Saturday, their obituaries heralded his career as a world-renowed mathematician, her role as his caretaker when schizophrenia upended their lives, and the 2001 Oscar-winning movie, “A Beautiful Mind,” that defined them as public figures.

But a close friend Sunday stressed the Nashes should also be remembered for their dedication to helping eradicate the stigma of mental illness, as well as their advocacy on behalf of their son, John, who also lives with schizophrenia.

They were active with organizations that had helped him, such as Catholic Charities, The Mercer County chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness and the Association for Advancement of Mental Health, Debra Wentz said.

Wentz developed a close friendship with the Nashes after meeting them in her role as CEO of the New Jersey Association of Mental Health and Addiction Agencies.

“They were very much a member of the mental health community as a family,” Wentz said. “There are no words that can just truly capture the loss or what great people they were. They were heroes for so many reasons. They were faced with adversity and yet have given so much back to others.”

Although Nash is recognized for his achievements in math and winning the Nobel Prize for economics, Wentz said, the couple “functioned as a team,”

“She made his life and accomplishments possible,” Wentz added.

Nash’s rise as a mathematical genius began in the early 1950s when he graduated from Princeton University and accepted a teaching job at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology a year later. He met Alicia Larde, a physics major, and they married in 1957. The next year, Fortune magazine named the 30-year-old Nash one of the most promising mathematicians in the world.

The voices in his head began to overtake his thoughts on mathematical theory, however, and he quit his job in 1959, when Alicia Nash was pregnant with their son. During this time, Alicia Nash had him involuntarily committed several times, including twice in New Jersey, at Trenton Psychiatric Hospital and Carrier Clinic. Her actions created a rift in their relationship and they divorced in 1962, but he often returned home. Alicia worked as a computer programmer for NJ Transit, to support both him and their son. They remarried in 2001.

In 1994 he was awarded the Nobel prize in Economics for his revolutionary work on “game theory,” the mathematics of decision-making, which he had completed decades earlier during graduate school. Wentz said the couple understood the delayed recognition was due to the stigma surrounding his illness.

“The loss of John and Alicia is a tremendous loss on so many levels. The courageous work they did in fighting stigma … by lending their very private life story to the movie and the unauthorized biography,” Wentz said. “There are many elements that make their life compelling and loss so much greater.”

Alicia Nash spoke often about her concern for her son, “Johnny,” who lived with them in the Princeton Junction section of West Windsor. In a 2009 interview with The Star-Ledger, Alicia Nash said he and her husband were willing to speak publicly about their family’s experiences with mental illness because they wanted to be assured community programs would continue after they were gone. “When I am gone, will Johnny be living in the street?” she said.

Wentz said she is “devastated” by the loss of her friends, and looks back on their incredible lives with awe. “At the end of the day, they were very caring, down-to-earth people.”

Source: Susan K. Livio may be reached at slivio@njadvancemedia.com.

 

Patricia Annino is a sought after speaker and nationally recognized authority on women and estate planning. She educates and empowers women to value themselves and their contributions in order to ACCOMPLISH GREAT THINGS in the world – and in so doing PROTECT THEMSELVES, those they love, and the organizations they care about. Annino recently released her new book, “It’s More Than Money, Protect Your Legacy” available at Amazon.com. To download Annino’s FREE eBook, Estate Planning 101 visit, http://www.patriciaannino.com.

Patricia Annino Quoted in Forbes – Is Affluenza Real?

Affluenza,  Forth Worth Texas TeenPatricia Annino was recently quoted in Forbes when considering an interesting situation.

A 16 year old who killed four people while driving drunk after stealing alcohol from WalMart was sentenced to probation after his defense team argued he suffered from “affluenza” a malady that affects people who come from affluent families.

Is affluenza real? To answer that question Forbes Contributor, Greg McNeal decided to research the term, and found quite a few references to it in legal literature. The consistent theme in the literature is that affluenza is not a disorder per se, but rather a term used to describe rampant consumerism or materialism (although some authors referred to it as a “disease” or “malady” with quotes to indicate skepticism about the technical nature of the term).  It’s also fascinating to note that most references to the term come from tax lawyers and estate planners.

The most prominent author citing the concept of “affluenza” was none other than U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren. In a 2004 article in the Washington University Law Review, then Professor Warren noted (internal citations omitted):

Economist Robert Frank claims that America’s newfound “luxury fever” forces middle-class families “to finance their consumption increases largely by reduced savings and increased debt.” Documentary filmmaker John de Graaf and Duke Economics Professor Thomas Naylor explain in Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic, “It’s as if we Americans, despite our intentions, suffer from some kind of Willpower Deficiency Syndrome, a breakdown in affluenza immunity.” They assert that Americans have a new character flaw–“the urge to splurge.” Economist Juliet Schor echoes the theme, explaining that American families are buying “designer clothes, a microwave, restaurant meals, home and automobile air conditioning, and, of course, Michael Jordan’s ubiquitous athletic shoes, about which children and adults both display near-obsession.”

Warren seems skeptical about the concept of affluenza, and consistent with her other writings, believes that “affluenza” and rampant spending myths are barriers to regulation of the financial industry. She concludes, “So long as Americans can be persuaded that families in financial trouble have only themselves to blame, there will be no demand to change anything. In order to get on with the difficult business of making America once again safe for middle class families, the Over-Consumption Myth must be laid to rest for good.”

Warren isn’t the only author writing about affluenza. In a tax planning guide, author Patricia M. Annino writes:

Paul Comstock, a noted author in the field of private foundations, coined the phrase: “Affluenza” for a malady common to children of affluent families. This Affluenza is characterized by one or more of the following symptoms: distorted view of money; lack of connection between work and reward; lack of self-discipline; lack of motivation; guilt; low self esteem; and feelings of incompetence.

To read the entire article visit:  http://www.forbes.com/sites/gregorymcneal/2013/12/13/is-affluenza-real-ask-senator-elizabeth-warren-and-other-experts/

Source:  www.forbes.com

 

Patricia Annino is a sought after speaker and nationally recognized authority on women and estate planning.  She educates and empowers women to value themselves and their contributions in order to ACCOMPLISH GREAT THINGS in the world – and in so doing PROTECT THEMSELVES, those they love, and the organizations they care about.  Annino recently released an updated version of her successful book, Women and Money: A Practical Guide to Estate Planning to include recent changes in the laws that govern how we protect our assets during and beyond our lifetime.  To download Annino’s FREE eBook, Estate Planning 101 visit, http://www.patriciaannino.com.

Patricia Annino Receives “Best in Wealth Management” Award

The Euromoney Legal Media Group chose Patricia Annino, Chair of Prince Lobel’s Estate Planning and Probate Practice Group, to receive the prestigious “Best in Wealth Management” award at the second annual Americas Women in Business Law Award ceremony held May 24, 2012, in New York City.

Selected from a short-list of eight well-known, highly-qualified nominees, Patricia’s award was based on extensive peer review research conducted by Euromoney’s research team, her professional accomplishments during the past 12 months, and her advocacy and influence in the field of wealth management.

Following the success of similar award ceremonies in Europe and Asia, the Americas Women in Business Law Awards was launched by Euromoney Legal Media Group to give law firms and professional services firms the recognition they deserve for their efforts in helping women advance in the legal profession.

Patricia Annino is a nationally recognized expert on estate planning and taxation, with more than 25 years of experience serving the estate planning needs of families, individuals, and owners of closely held and family businesses. She speaks regularly on many issues of concern to family owned businesses, including succession planning, risk management, managing a business with multiple stakeholders, the risk of divorce, and more. Annino is a graduate of Smith College and Suffolk University School of Law.

Patricia is the author of two widely utilized professional texts: Estate Planning in Massachusetts, and Taxwise Planning for Aging, Ill, or Incapacitated Clients. Patricia’s recent books for consumers include, Cracking the $$ Code: What Successful Men Know and You Don’t (Yet), Women in Family Business: What Keeps You up at Night, and Women & Money, A Practical Guide to Estate Planning.

About Prince Lobel

Prince Lobel Tye LLP is a full-service law firm providing a wide range of services for Fortune 1000 companies, closely held businesses, and individuals. Prince Lobel’s attorneys are guided by the highest standards of legal excellence, professionalism, and service – whether they are addressing complex business issues or providing advice on personal legal matters. Practice areas and industries served encompass corporate law, data privacy and security, domestic relations, employment law, estate planning and probate, insurance and reinsurance, intellectual property and Internet law, litigation, media law, nanotechnology, real estate, telecommunications law, construction law, environmental law, renewable energy, health care, and education. For more information, visit Prince Lobel at PrinceLobel.com.

Patricia Annino is a sought after speaker and nationally recognized authority on women and estate planning.  She educates and empowers women to value themselves and their contributions in order to ACCOMPLISH GREAT THINGS in the world – and in so doing PROTECT THEMSELVES, those they love, and the organizations they care about.  Annino recently released an updated version of her successful book, Women and Money: A Practical Guide to Estate Planning to include recent changes in the laws that govern how we protect our assets during and beyond our lifetime.  To download Annino’s FREE eBook, Estate Planning 101 visit, http://www.patriciaannino.com.

Patricia Annino Featured in New Book – The Power of the Platform

I am pleased to announce my contribution to the book, The Power of The Platform by the Las Vegas Convention Speakers Bureau.  Many of the world’s finest keynote speakers have come together in this book, with me to help others develop their own greatness.  The Power of the Platform:  Speakers for Life will motivate and inspire you to achieve your goals, embrace each moment, and live the life of your dreams!

Other contributors include:  Brian Tracey, Tom Stone, Jack Canfield, and Ariel Ford, just to mention a few.  My Chapter (Five) provides A Key Secret to Success:  Know Your Worth and Get it in Writing tells several stories of successful women, like Lauren Hutton, who revolutionized the way women look at getting paid. 

Women especially tend to undervalue themselves, so I felt it was important to provide key insights on the process, where you can get help, and working on establishing value long before your next review.

For more information or to purchase the book, please visit:  http://bit.ly/bVFj1W

Patricia Annino is a nationally recognized authority on women and estate planning.  She educates and empowers women to value themselves and their contributions in order to ACCOMPLISH GREAT THINGS in the world – and in so doing PROTECT THEMSELVES, those they love, and the organizations they care about.  For more visit:  www.patriciaannino.com


Family Business Magazine Article Participation

Many thanks to Barbara Spector for allowing me to participate in an article recently published in the Summer 2010 Issue of Family Business Magazine (www.familybusinessmagazine.com), where we discuss family relationships when issues of family wealth, inheritance and competence are combined with powerful emotional issues, that result in explosive situations that are not at all about the money.  Read all about it (“The Brooke Astor case: It wasn’t about the money” by Thomas D. Davidow and me!) http://bit.ly/aul4po

Chamber Event March 10


Patricia recently spoke to a packed house at the Greater Boston Area Chamber of Commerce about her successful book, Cracking the $$ Code: What Successful Men Know and You Don’t (Yet)!

The book is comprised of 7 codes that women need to crack in order to be successful. The codes include 1) know your own worth, 2) set goals, 3) get a contract, 4) partnering is key, 5) image matters, 6) take risks, and 7) persistence wins the race.

Find out more here:
http://blog.bostonchamber.com/2010/03/patricia-annino-speaks-to-chambers.html

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