Claude Lardeux Gorfien

Claude Lardeux Gorfien passed away peacefully at home in Guilford, CT on January 20, 2021. She was 97 years old. Claude was born in 1923 in the small 18th century village of Le Pin-au-Haras in Normandy, France. During World War II, she spent five days under house arrest for participation in underground activities just prior to the allies’ advance, which precipitated her release. Following the War, she was a practicing industrial psychologist in Paris. In 1953, Claude married the late veterinarian Dr. Harry Gorfien and migrated to the United States with him that same year to settle in West Haven, Connecticut, where she helped him establish the West Haven Animal Clinic on Campbell Avenue. She obtained two masters degrees in the United States in addition to her French degrees, and was a practicing clinical psychologist specializing in alcoholism and substance abuse until her retirement at the age of 89. She was admired by her colleagues for her sense of humor and keen mind. Claude will be remembered as a sharply intelligent, fiercely generous and loyal friend, mother and grandmother. She was also an expert clinician who changed and very likely saved many lives through constant dedication to her practice. She loved a good debate and in her later years she became a master of sudoku. She is survived by her children Jack Gorfien, Larry Gorfien, and Claudette Rahti Anne Gorfien. She is also survived by her grandson Harper Gorfien Chalfin and son-in-law Richard Chalfin.
Funeral service and internment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to Women for Women International at womenforwomen.org.

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  1. Vernell Daniels said,

    01.22.21 at 2:25 pm

    Dear Claude, I value the wonderful friendship we had over the many years. I miss our hours of laughter together. I will always remember your gracious parties, and being plied with delicious foods.

  2. Betsy Chorney Rosenberg said,

    01.22.21 at 7:03 pm

    My condolences to you and your family on
    the loss of your mother. May your memories
    comfort you always.


  3. F Meghelli said,

    01.25.21 at 4:09 pm

    Claude was very instrumental in my recovery
    I will be very grateful the rest of my life