Dorothea Hover-Kramer
Therapist, author, activist - By Rob Ollikainen, Peninsula Daily News
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AGNEW — Dorothea Hover-Kramer, a registered nurse, psychotherapist, author and artist, died of a heart attack Tuesday at Olympic Medical Center.

She was 72.

Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Pioneer Memorial Park clubhouse, 387 E. Washington St., Sequim. No public funeral is planned.

Hover-Kramer was a private-practice psychotherapist for more than 30 years. She penned nine books about energy therapies.

The Agnew woman served on the board of the North Olympic Land Trust and worked closely with several other local organizations.

She was a member of the Clallam County MoveOn Council and chaired the Dungeness Valley Health & Wellness Clinic's wellness committee through 2011, in which she oversaw "WOW! Working on Wellness," a community health education program.

North Olympic Land Trust Board President Suzi Schuenemann said Hover-Kramer was a "dynamic" board member who brought "a lot of energy" to the nonprofit conservation organization.

"She had a positive outlook, and she was a good problem-solver," Schuenemann said.

"We're definitely going to miss her enthusiasm and her spirit, for all of us who worked with her and knew her."

Cate Bendock said her close friend's death came as a shock to those who knew her because Hover-Kramer was active and rarely ill.

"She was the picture of health," Bendock said.

In the 1970s, Hover-Kramer helped pioneer an energy therapy movement called Healing Touch, in which practitioners use their hands to support physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health.

"She's like one of the big movers and shakers around about it," Bendock said.

"She traveled a lot, speaking and presenting and teaching."

Hover-Kramer and her husband, Chuck Kramer, moved to the North Olympic Peninsula from southwest Oregon in 2008.

She was active in Friends of the Fields, the Sierra Club, a women's hiking group and several other groups and organizations.

"She was very dynamic, no matter where she lived," said Bendock, who met Hover-Kramer in Cave Junction, Ore., when they worked together in a learning-through-arts program.

"She just really encompassed life."

In 2011, Hover-Kramer was a guest speaker at a Sequim forum called "The American Awakening: A Community Call to Action!," which organizers described as a grass-roots effort to preserve and protect the public's safety net, threatened by government cutbacks and privatization.

Hover-Kramer was committed to bringing insights from energy psychology to those facing the challenges and opportunities in the second half of their life, according a biography on her website,

She co-founded the international Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology in 1999.

Hover-Kramer was a pianist who played chamber music with small ensemble groups. Schuenemann said Hover-Kramer recently hosted a concert for about 30 people at her home near Finn Hall Farm.

"I think her personality added a lot to any organization she was involved with," Schuenemann said.

Hover-Kramer also enjoyed painting landscapes. Her art was displayed at art shows and in art walks.

In addition to her husband, Hover-Kramer is survived by two adult daughters, a son and seven grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by a son, Bendock said.

Linde-Price Funeral Service of Sequim is in charge of arrangements.


Reporter Rob Ollikainen can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5072, or at

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Published in Peninsula Daily News on Jan. 18, 2013.
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January 24, 2019
It's hard to believe dear Dorothea has been gone now for six years. We had much synchronicity, for example, she died in the same month I was born, January. It's odd too that just when Dorothea moved to the Olympic Peninsula I was beginning to travel away a lot and it was seldom that we could match schedules, odd too since we had met in so many cities over the previous 30 years when we worked and played together mostly around the theme of holistic nursing. Now back on the peninsula at least half the year, I think about her often when I am in residence. I miss you Dorothea and wish you well on the other side.
Lynn Keegan
January 24, 2013
A brilliant Light that will shine eternally here on Earth as well as beyond the Beyond
Kathy Walker
January 22, 2013
You were a teacher and inspiration to me. You will be missed.
Paula Sumner
January 22, 2013
Dorothea had the rare gift of making everyone feel welcome. She was strong minded yet sensitive to the person she was talking with. She lived holism in her every aspectiof her life. A great tree has fallen. Her legacy is carried on.
Carole Ann Drick
January 21, 2013
May holding in our hearts the gifts we received from the impact that Dorothea had on our lives be an additional source of comfort for her husband Chuck, and her children & grandchildren. As Dorothea's co-founder of the Association for Comprehensive Energy Psychology (ACEP), I wrote a tribute to her immense contributions to the birth and development of that organization. You can read it at
David Gruder
January 21, 2013
I enjoyed our time together, at conferences, in Hawaii, and in your home. Thank you Chuck, thank you Dorothea. Much care... Mike and Dawn
Dawn Warnaca
January 20, 2013
Sending condolences to Chuck and family for the loss of dear, vivacious Dorothea. A friend for over 30 years as we worked together in the Am Holistic Nurses' Association. Dorothea was a talented and contributing member of any group she was part of. Many will deeply miss her.
Lynn Keegan, PhD, RN, AHN-BC, FAAN
Port Angeles, WA
January 20, 2013
Dawn drumming at winter solstice 2010
Penny Burdick
January 20, 2013
You were a beacon of light for all of us in Healing Touch, Dorothea, as well as a dear friend. Holding your family in my heart.
Penny Burdick
January 19, 2013
I'm shocked and saddened. My condolences to your family.
Marcia Radey
January 19, 2013
Hearby wy kindly offer ower sincere condolances,our sympathy lays with hear family, closes friends and the Healing Touch Community for a great loss.
Board Healing Touch Netherlands
Henny de Jong
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