Fantl, Kurt (1914–1994)
Psychiatrist and lecturer on parapsychology. Fantl was born
January 25, 1914, in Vienna, Austria, educated at the University
of Vienna, and did postgraduate work at St. Mary’s Hospital,
Racine, Wisconsin (1939). During World War II he worked at
the American Hospital in Chicago (1939–41), St. Anthony’s
Hospital, Effingham, Illinois (1941–44), and the Los Angeles
Tuberculosis Sanatorium, Duarte, California (1944–45). After
the war he interned and did his residency in psychiatry at Bellevue
Hospital, New York (1945–48). He served successively as an
assistant in psychiatry, New York University, New York
(1947–48); an instructor, University of Southern California
(1948–50); a consultant in psychiatry at Los Angeles City
Health Department (1948–51); Long Beach City Health Department
(1951–53); U.S. Public Health Service, San Pedro,
California (1952–53); and was a staff member at San Pedro
Community Hospital and at Clearview Sanatorium, Gardena,
California.
Fantl developed a special interest in psychokinesis, telepathy,
clairvoyance, table-rapping, yoga, and evidence of survival
after death. He lectured on parapsychology at Tokyo University
and at Poona and Lucknow Universities in India. In
1960 he became president of the Consciousness Research
Foundation, a position he held for a number of years.
Sources
Pleasants, Helene, ed. Biographical Dictionary of Parapsychology.
New York Helix Press, 1964.

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