July 31, 1955 – Aug 15, 2011
With a heavy heart I report the passing of Beth Rotondo, a fourth generation homeopath for over thirty years, wife and mother of five. She succumbed to cancer after a hard fought battle, having defeated it twice before.
Beth spent much of her life in the Swedenborgian community of Bryn Athyn, PA (U.S.) and had lived and worked in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She was the great, great granddaughter of Dr. E.A. Farrington, a protege of Dr. Herring. Her life was steeped in homeopathy from the beginning and her parents ran one of the first homeopathic study groups in America. Beth traveled the world and studied with some of the best homeopaths of our generation. She developed her own very intuitive approach and was one of the last homeopaths still repertorizing using books. Her empathic ability was renowned and she could often feel the remedy in her first few moments with the patient.
Beth campaigned against vaccines and, with Dr. Peter Prociuk, helped pioneer the use of homeopathic Thimerosal in treating autism. With this method she had turned around some of the severest cases and believed every case could be improved.
Beth helped start and nurture thirteen or more homeopathic study groups, including the one I ran in Philadelphia. When we were just getting started, she would be the guest lecturer, always radiating optimism, openess and joy. She was never confrontational and handled critics with gentle, disarming humor.
She also lectured at the University of Pennsylvania and Arcadia University, giving workshops on topics like Lyme disease, ADHD, pregnancy and birth. Beth and I had given evening lectures together at Arcadia and the students always crowded around her to ask questions at the end. She would stay and chat for a long time, even though she had an hour and a half drive back home.
Beth had a passion for connecting people, and helped build a huge community of healers. When I first got interested in homeopathy, and before I knew her, I called her and asked where the nearest study group was. Since it was far from my home, I jokingly said “Maybe I’ll start one of my own”. An hour later a woman called and said, “Beth said you want to start a study group, shall we get started?”
Literally thousands of us here owe our lives and health, even our careers to her. We will all strive to carry on her legacy.
You can read and listen to a marvelous interview Beth gave to Hpathy in May 2008: https://hpathy.com/homeopathy-interviews/beth-rotondo/