Dr. Peter Hauri, PhD, passed away unexpectedly in the early morning hours of Jan. 31, his death caused by a fall on the ice the day before. He developed bleeding in his brain, which caused the surrounding tissue to swell, severely damaging his brain.
Among his career highlights:
- Dr. Hauri began an early pioneer in understanding areas including REM (dream) sleep, insomnia, narcolepsy, parasomnias, etc. However, Dr. Hauri would eventually become best known for his insomnia research and treatment.
- He wrote a practical book for patients called “No More Sleepless Nights”, co-authored with Shirley Linde, PhD. He also wrote a clinicians’ book called “The Sleep Disorders,” a readable book that allowed any type of doctor to grasp new research easily.
- He either formed or helped to form all of the professional sleep societies in the United States today. The sleep societies include the Sleep Research Society, the American Sleep Disorders Association, the Associated Professional Sleep Societies, AASM, ASDC, ABSM, and the National Sleep Foundation.
- Dr. Hauri was instrumental in developing the classification of sleep disorders; this has been pivotal for doctors’ understanding and treatment of a number of diagnoses in sleep.
- He was honored with an “Excellence in Insomnia Research and Education Award” in March 2011 by the National Sleep Foundation. He has received numerous rewards in sleep, as a college professor, and as the Co-Chairman of the Mayo Clinic Sleep Disorder Center.
Here’s a link to his full obituary:
The American Academy of Sleep Medicine also honored Dr. Hauri with a tribute: