Ironically, I was on my way to a "Blue Sky" meeting chaired by APA's CEO and Medical Director, Jay Scully, M.D., when I received
an e-mail that former APA Medical Director Mel Sabshin, M.D., had died. It might have brought a smile to Mel's face to learn
that this news was communicated to the APA senior staff and its president, immediate past president, and president-elect as
we gathered for an annual meeting convened by Jay to do some blue sky, out-of-the-box thinking about how best to serve the
organization that Mel loved and led for 23 years. I won't even try to summarize Mel's many accomplishments throughout his
remarkable career, but his near-legendary stature and his importance as a forceful leader in the field of psychiatry are not
in dispute. And Mel was, through and through, a visionary thinker, wisely watching the world change day by day, while passionately
promoting psychiatry's growing importance in that changing world.