December 31, 1927 – May 7, 2020
Alcides Pinto, former chief of Psychology Services at Crownsville Hospital Center, passed away May 7, 2020 from complications of Covid 19. He arrived in the United States in 1963 and was recruited by Crownsville to build a world-class psychology department for Maryland. During 40 years of service, Dr. Pinto improved psychology research and training and the treatment of Maryland’s mentally ill and boosted the hospital’s outpatient services.
He was recognized repeatedly for his work on behalf of mentally ill people. In 2003, the Kiwanis Club of the Severn presented him with their Outstanding Citizen Award. In 2006, the Maryland Psychological Association presented him with their Outstanding Contributions to the Education and Training of Psychologists Award for building an internationally-recognized program for psychology interns. More than 300 young psychologists from around the world participated in the program, continuing his research-driven, compassionate patient care.
“You not only ensured the highest standards in training, but your personal caring and mentorship meant that each intern could be assured of reaching his or her highest potential – this benefited not only psychology in Maryland but the citizens of this state as well,” a letter accompanying the award said.” Although the internship program at Crownsville existed before Dr. Pinto joined the staff, he is credited with fostering the program and helping get it accredited.
Dr. Natalia Ojeda, one of the interns who participated in the program, said many people and experiences shape the human beings we become, but some, like Dr. Pinto, make such a huge impression that they transform your life forever.
“He was always generous with us and opened doors for us so we could have the best opportunities to grow personally and professionally,” Dr. Ojeda said. “He was always ready to make that phone call to whomever needed to be called or write that letter that needed to be written to contribute wherever he could. He was tireless. He lived by example. He had a significant impact on many people.”
Dr. Pinto is survived by his wife of 57 years, Ines Pinto; his daughters, Ines Alicea, Cristina, Monica and Ana Pinto, his granddaughters, Elena and Monica Alicea, and his son-in-laws, Pedro Alicea and Howard Hayes.
Dr. Pinto grew up in a family of nine children on the small island of Chiloe, just south of mainland Chile, South America. One of his nieces, Veronica Pinto, described the siblings Blanca, Yolanda, Guillermo, Edison, Nelson, Socrates, Alessandria, Aldo and Alcides as “valiant Chilote wolves.” Chilote is the Spanish term for the people of Chiloe. The family was well known in southern Chile. His dad Isaias had served as a mayor, judge and port captain and his grandfather plotted navigation charts of Chilean waters and the Chilean Navy recognized his efforts by naming Pinto Sound after him.
“The island was famous for its beauty and is now very much a tourist attraction,” Dr. Pinto said in a 2011 interview.
After completing a bachelor of arts degree in bio-psychology and education in Chile, he earned a scholarship to get his master of arts in psychology at Complutense University in Madrid, Spain. He remained in Spain and earned his doctorate of philosophy in clinical psychology and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Institute for Children with Learning and Adjustment Problems in Madrid. During his time in Spain, he met a Colombian woman, Ines, who was studying in the United States but was spending a semester abroad in Madrid. They married and traveled by ship to the United States on Nov. 12, 1963.
“The number one thing I wanted to do was see President John F. Kennedy speak,” he said in that 2011 interview. Sadly, 10 days later, on Nov. 22, the president was assassinated. “I was very upset,” he recalled. “I had a great deal of respect for the president. He was a great supporter of helping the poor and his picture was everywhere to the point where he became almost like a religious figure to me.”
Dr. Pinto knew little English when he first arrived in the United States and yet, his drive to build a world-class psychology department for the state of Maryland pushed him to work countless hours after his workday ended to learn the language well. He would tape record his days and spend his evenings translating everything with his young bride, Ines, to quickly grasp the language.
One of his proudest days was being sworn in as a U.S. citizen. Several friends gifted him with U.S. flags which he treasured. He instilled in his daughters the importance of contributing positively to his and Ines’ new homeland and being involved in the political process.
Dr. Pinto always held dear his Latin American background and he was instrumental in creating and supporting many efforts to help Spanish-speaking immigrants in Annapolis. He helped recruit Spanish-speaking Catholic priests to the area to hold masses for the community and he provided mental health services in Spanish to Annapolis Latinos.
After retiring from Crownsville in 2001, he dedicated himself to providing pro-bono mental health services to low-income members of the community, participating actively in the Knights of Columbus and spending time with his family and beloved dog, Godo.
“I like to offer counseling and advice to the members of the Latino community as well as to help them in their efforts to further their education -- but now every thing I do is pro bono,” he said in his 2011 interview.
Crownsville closed its doors permanently in 2004, but Dr. Pinto always held a special place in his heart for the people he met while working at the hospital.
He said that when he first joined the Crownsville staff, the hospital was overcrowded with 2,600 patients and “the conditions were horrible.” The staff was instrumental in easing the overcrowding through their outspoken resistance to the pressures to place patients in public shelters, on the streets, or in the jails. Also, improvements in psychiatric treatment, rigid admission policies, and better funding of outpatient treatment and residential services gradually reduced the number of patients at the hospital to a mere 200 by the year 2000. Dr. Pinto, who served as director of the hospital’s research efforts, played a large role in this change, especially when it came to the improvement of treatment.
“We did a lot of research regarding treatment,” he said. “We studied the effects of anti-depressants and tranquilizers in an effort to improve the quality of life of our patients. I feel very proud of my time at Crownsville.”
Due to current restrictions related to the pandemic, a Catholic Mass and memorial celebration will be held later, when family and friends can gather freely. The John M. Taylor Funeral Home in Annapolis will be hosting an online guest registry and the family welcomes memories and anecdotes about Dr. Pinto. Please leave an email address via the Taylor Funeral Home website so we can contact you with those arrangements. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to local food banks.
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
May 24, 2020
Alcide, I know him for more than 15 year, excellent man very funny he usually like do jokes with my husband, I talked to him a few weeks before was sick and he was always in a good mood, he love his wife And we always taking about dogs I’m a dogs lovers too.
I’m sure is already in heaven with my husband laughing.
My deepest sympathy to the family, and RIP . I will always remember him❤️🙏
May 22, 2020
I remember Dr. Pinto very well. He was my supervisor during my employment as a Crownsville psychologist from 1975 to 1987. During this time, I supervised at least a dozen psychology interns from Crownsville while in my position as school psychologist at the Phoenix Centers in Annapolis and Glen Burnie. These interns included some very talented Basque psychology students from Bilbao University in Spain, and it was my privilege to supervise them along with the other interns. Dr. Pinto was a kind, supportive and professional supervisor to us all. During our time working together, I also appreciated his droll sense of humor, his approachability and his outspoken honesty. My heart goes out to his wife and family for their loss! Sincerely, Susan Cecere
May 21, 2020
The news of Alcides’ sudden death has shocked and saddened us.
Alcides has been a part of our lives since the mid-60’s, when I was a psychology intern at Crownsville and Diane was a young bride. Since then he has always remained a trusted friend and colleague. Over the years, Diane and I and our children have enjoyed getting to know his lovely family. When Alcides began his study program for foreign students, he asked me to help out with the effort. This turned out to be an experience that profoundly touched our lives. As a result of my involvement, Diane and I formed close relationships with several of the interns, many of whom have remained life-long friends.
It is hard to believe that Alcides has passed so quickly and without a word of warning. We will miss him. We will remember his many accomplishments, his love of telling jokes, and the many good experiences we have shared with him. Most important, we will remember him as a good and caring person and a faithful friend.
To Ines and to all four of the daughters and extended family, we wish you peace and love. You are still part of our lives, and we hope to give you many big hugs in the future.
With sad hearts,
Manuel and Diane
May 20, 2020
To the family,
There are many fond memories of Dr. Pinto. One of the first memories was when the family included me on a trip to Hershey Park in the early 70s. It was such a fun trip and with a big family it was kind to add another kid! It was also fun remembering as a young girl playing with Ines peaking into Dr. Pinto's home office . I remember thinking how sophisticated the office was because it had a pretty fireplace and magazines laid out for the clients to look out when waiting.
Wishing the family a time of peace during this grieving period.
Love, Melissa Pantalone
May 20, 2020
Years back I had the pleasure to teach the girls at Germantown Elementary Physical Education n they were the BEST Family n Pray 🙏🏽👼🏼 that I will receive info whenever a Celebration of his Life will be Celebrated, Ginny Bell 410-757-1491, 1915 Towne Centre Blvd #408, Annapolis, MD 21401 THOUGHTS n PRAYERS will live on in the Hearts of all.
May 19, 2020
So sad to learn the passing of a great person, as Dr. Pinto was. I enjoyed very much spending time with him talking about his funny stories about Chile, Spain, and specially, his beloved Godo.
You will be missed!
Rest in peace, my friend.
May 19, 2020
Dear Dr Alcides Pinto is very sad to know, that you are gone. I met you when you were the director of the most famoust Psychiatric Hospital in Crownsvile. You leave us with many memories! God have him in his Glory!
Doctor Alcides Pinto siempre lo recordare con mucho cariño! Mis mas sentidos pesames para Ines y sus hijas..lo siento mucho!
Dr Alcides fue muy cariñoso con la comunidad de Annapolis, recuerdo Las Navidades en Saint Mary"s ..y tambien cuando llegaron los estudiantes de España para haser su internado en Crownsvile Hospital. Y los trajo a la Iglecia para que hicieran amigos!! Muchos muchos recuerdos Doctor Pinto.. gracias!
May 18, 2020
Dr. Pinto, from your good neighbors at State Farm, may you Rest in Peace. One of the favorite parts of my job, is building relationships with our clients. It was always a breath of fresh air to get a visit from you and Godo and to hear your many wonderful stories. Thank you so much for all the ways you showed us your friendship & for those yummy Spanish tortillas you introduced me to! My condolences and prayers to the family.
- Erika Salinas
Debbie Hart State Farm
PRIMAS GONZALEZ URIBE
May 17, 2020
Nuestros recuerdos de Alcides siempre están acompañados de su alegría y generosidad. Fue un hombre que disfrutaba hasta de las cosas más sencillas y compartía ese gozo con los demás.
En sus numerosos viajes a Colombia con su familia, Inés su esposa y sus hijas, recorrió ciudades y pequeños pueblos haciéndose amigo de todos queriendo conocer la idiosincrasia y costumbres.
Fue nuestro guía también en varios viajes a los Estados Unidos, donde nos orientó y siempre nos recibió con espíritu fraterno.
Lo recordaremos siempre con gratitud y cariño.
GONZALO VALLEJO Y FAMILIA
May 17, 2020
Queridas Inesilla y hermanas.
Rogamos a Dios porque tu mamá pueda recuperarse de su enfermedad y de la ausencia de tu papá
Unos pocos pero agradables momentos compartimos con los dos tanto en Annapolis como en la finca y aquí en Medellín. Nunca olvidáremos la sencillez, la amabilidad y la buena conversación que caracterizaron a tu papá. En ustedes y sus hijos perdurará la historia del Chileno y la Colombiana que fueron felices e hicieron el bien a quienes les rodeaban.
May 17, 2020
Alcides un amigo incondicional . Muchas veces visitamos su hogar desde Medellín Colombia de donde es su esposa ,prima mía. Nos atendía con todo amor como familiares y la casa la ponía a nuestra disposición . Nos dedicaba todo el tiempo y trataba de hacernos programas todos los días.
Muchas veces viajó a Medellín con toda la familia y pudimos disfrutar de su compañía . Amaba esta tierra. La familia por parte de Inesita lo quería como a un hermano. Disfrutaba el paisaje la comida y sobretodo el afecto que encontró en esta su segunda patria. Paz en su tumba.
Nuestro corazón está con su familia.
May 17, 2020
To the extended Pinto family,I offer my sincere condolences. Though I never met Dr Pinto, it is clear he was a pillar of the medical community and a wonderful family man. You are blessed, may you find peace.
May 16, 2020
Our deepest condolences to the family of Dr. Pinto. We live in the same neighborhood as Dr. And Mrs. Pinto and they were so friendly and we loved running into them as they walked their beloved dog. Dr. Pinto will be missed and we hope his family finds comfort in their memories and may Dr. Pinto rest in peace.
Our Sincere Condolences,
Leon and Pamela Shapiro
May 16, 2020
We are deepdly saddened by the lost of our loved Dr. Alcides Pinto, and we send our love and prayers to his wife and children. The Department of Psychology at Deusto University (Bilbao, Spain) will always be thankful to his generosity and the incredible work he did offering graduate training opportunties to our students. We remember with gratitude our visits to Crownsville, and with joy the times he visited us in Bilbao. God Bless you all! With our appreciation, Manuel Marroquín, Susana Gorbeña, and the Department of Psychology.
May 16, 2020
He will be missed for SO many reasons: his generosity, his contributions to the mental health care in general and for the Hispanic community in particular, his never-end energy, his will to contribute and help, his aptitute to face live, his friendship, his love to his family... ..He will always be in our hearts and thoughts.
THANK YOU so much to his daughters for taking care of him and making him loved.
May 15, 2020
Please know that we are holding the Pinto family in our hearts right now. We shared moments with your father and we will always remember him as a good Chilote.
Russ and Isabel McConnell
May 15, 2020
Dr. Pinto - el Jefe as I occasionally called him, he was my "boss"as a Chief Psychologist at CHC. He and his Family were and are loyal and true friends for the past fifty years,
He remained steadfastly passionate for research and psychology services to the needy, for his family, for Latin affairs, and for justice, equality and fairness In all these years, Dr, Pinto remained interested and active in local, Chilean, Spanish,
as well as most international affairs. I shall miss him deeply.
Alcides, may you RIP and may your memory be everlasting.
May 15, 2020
Dr. Pinto embrace so many with enthusiasm humor and joy. He was extremely supportive of everyone and deeply believed and was committed to Crownsville. He and Mrs. Pinto w in many ways were a father father and mother to many . He supported chaplaincy deeply and cared about the spiritual life of the patients. Even in his retirement he still enjoyed the Annapolis community and made many contributions. All the way from ChIle, to Spain, And to America as a young psychologist he contributed so much to so many. He will be both missed Henry member with great love.
May 15, 2020
Todos quienes conocimos al Dr. Pinto estamos muy dolidos por esta terrible pérdida. Y yo particularmente, pues tenía previsto saludar en Annapolis a Ines y Alcides este próximo verano... No he llegado a tiempo y lo siento en el alma.
Desde Bilbao, un abrazo muy fuerte y emocionado a esa magnífica familia que deja.
May 15, 2020
My humble condolences to the family. Dr. Pinto along with Dr. Kowalewski and Angie Hayes, Betty Manns and myself, Gerrie Bailey all worked in the Education and Training Dept. with the exchange students. What a great team on that 3rd floor of Crownsville Hospital Center. Also, Mr & Mrs Pinto was next door neighbors on the grounds. We were truly a great family of team and togetherness. What a beautiful legacy and memories. R.I.P.