Dr. 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 on an American Field Service Fellowship to graduate with an MBA from Harvard in 1941. He served in WWII for the French forces and later served on Eisenhower’s psychological warfare staff in London planning for D-Day. Robert came back 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.
Robert was a founder of the LA Music Center and led Esoteric Training Groups in the study of the works of Alice Bailey and spiritually focused meditation. His International Foundation For Integral Psychology Group hosted a Project 2000 Esoteric Group which met every month for 38 years to empower the work of the Foundation and all of the individuals and groups throughout the world who are in any way engaged in the development of a truly integral psychology. The members meet to engage in a group meditation designed to contact higher psychospiritual energies and serve as a transmitter of light, love and power to the planetary network of dedicated workers in psychology and allied fields.
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.
A service celebrating Robert’s life and work will be hosted by the Philosophical Research Society (3910 Los Feliz Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90027) and is open to all friends and colleagues at ten in the morning, Sunday, May 5.