David  Sinclair


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“John” David Sinclair, Ph.D., 72, of Evitskog, Finland, died April 6, 2015. He was the son of the late John and June Biddle Sinclair. He was born March 28, 1943, in Bluefield and grew up in Fairmont. He is survived by his wife, Kirsti Sinclair; his four daughters, Stephanie Sinclair Lappi and husband Jukka Lappi, and son Alarik, Joanna Sinclair and partner Samppa Siurala, Pamela Sinclair and husband Christian Sinclair, and children Cherina and Cedric, and Annette Sinclair and partner Olli Estola; and his sister, Vicki “Ani” Sinclair and her husband Steve Schweitzer of Eugene, Oregon. His brother, Stephen Sinclair of Greenville, South Carolina, predeceased him in 2008. He graduated from Fairmont Senior High School, attended Carnegie Tech University, got his bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati, and his master’s degree and Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in psychology, doing research on alcoholism and the functioning of the brain. His book, “The Rest Principle,” was published in 1981. After graduation in 1972, he moved to Helsinki, Finland, and worked in the ALKO Laboratories to continue his quest to find a new treatment for alcoholism. His work helped create many alcohol treatment clinics around the world. In the last few years, he was the chief science officer with Lightlake Therapeutics, researching using a similar method for the treatment of binge eating until his retirement. He also was involved with creating a treatment for panic attacks using a pipe that reduces the amount of carbon dioxide being inhaled, working with Dr. Stephen Cox of Kentucky. David was known for his artistic abilities from a young age. He completed a large mural in the old Fairmont Junior High School and another in a ballet dance studio downtown. In college he began studying physics and turned to psychology for his passionate research for alcohol treatments, eventually creating The Sinclair Method. In honor of David’s life, his family requests that you learn about The Sinclair Method of alcohol treatment and then help others become educated about it. The movie about it is called “One Little Pill” created by Claudia Christian and the book about it is “The Cure for Alcoholism” by Roy Eskapa, Ph.D. The Sinclair Method is one of David’s greatest gifts to the world.
Published on May 6, 2015
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