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Robert Gerard Ph.D.

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Robert Gerard Ph.D., of Brentwood, California, passed over at midnight, April 18, 2013, at age 95, from natural causes. He transitioned peacefully, surrounded by the love of his family and friends. Born in Marseille and raised in Paris, France, Robert was a keen student and traveled to the US to graduate with an MBA from Harvard. He served in WWII for the French forces; penned "Tank Fighter Team" recounting his exploits; and later served on Eisenhower's psychological warfare staff in London during the Blitz. Robert came again to the US to pursue an interest in writing and directing but became impassioned by psychology, receiving his Ph.D. at UCLA in 1958. An early pioneer in transpersonal psychology, he was a contributor to Roberto Assagioli's "Psychosynthesis" book, and went on to develop a psychotherapy practice called "Integral Psychology," integrating mind, body, spirit, and emotion. Robert practiced as a psychologist his entire life, even up to a few months ago. Although he admitted living in the "eternal now," as a result of his memory for the last couple of years, he remained present and connected to his patients. A great lover of music and the arts, the LA Philharmonic referred to Robert as "Brahms," and often waited to begin their Sunday afternoon concerts until he and his distinctive white beard were seated. Robert amassed an impressive library of psychology and esoteric studies over his career. Committed to service, he led his cherished Esoteric Training Group in the study of the works of Alice Bailey and spiritually focused meditation, who gathered for their final group with him the Sunday before his death. Robert is survived by his children and grandchildren, John & Anna, James and Robert; Michele & Tim, Andrea and Michael; Paul & Jenny, Daniel; Mark & Melissa, Jessica and Lauren; and wife Janice Roosevelt Gerard PhD. Special thanks go to all who helped to care for Robert with infinite patience, humor and respect, including beloved family, friends, his assistants, attendants and hospice care. In one of Robert's utterances before his passing, he said he was going to see "The Man." We join in his granddaughter Lauren's final wish: "Say hello to The Man for all of us." A service celebrating Robert's life and work will be hosted by the Philosophical Research Society (3910 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027) at ten in the morning, Sunday, May 5.

Published in The Daily Camera on Apr. 26, 2013
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