For those of you who have been waiting for further information on the unexpected passing of Candace Pert, I am including updated information from her husband Michael Ruff, including memorial service information and where contributions in her name can be sent as well as the recent Washington Post obituary. Thank you all for your kind comments and sentiments.
It is with great sadness that the Family of Candace Pert announces her death on September 12, 2013, suddenly and unexpectedly while at her home in Maryland. The cause was apparent cardiovascular arrest, said her sister, Deane Beebe. Candace’s warmth and compassion, her laughter, authenticity, just the way she could light up a room and touch all in it will be forever missed, but forever remembered by anyone who had the fortune to meet her in person or read her books. She was able to take her scientific research and make it readily understandable to non-scientists. She taught us about the BodyMind, and she taught us spiritual and emotional paths to healing. She welcomed all spiritual practice into her life, and she loved all people.
Many knew that Candace had dedicated herself to creating new drugs for serious illnesses, she was after all first trained as a Pharmacologist. Over twenty-five years ago Candace had an inspiration, or a vision as it is described in her first book, for how to make a drug for HIV/AIDS that at the time was not controlled and destroying the lives of many. She has spent the last 28 years pursuing this non-toxic treatment and a vaccine.
It would honor her and this work that she believed in so much that donations be sent to the “Candace B. Pert Fund for HIV Research” at Whitman-Walker Health, 1701 14th Street NW, which is the Washington DC community health center specializing in HIV/AIDS care and research, where she conducted some of her clinical research so that others can continue to make advances and discoveries to eliminate AIDS in the world, a big unfinished quest of hers.
MEMORIAL SERVICE will be Oct. 27, 10:00 AM. Historic Jewish Synagogue, 6th&I, Wash, DC.
Updates will be posted to CandacePert.com.
It is with deep sadness and shock that I share my feelings of grief at the recent and very sudden death of Dr. Candace Pert. My deep condolences go out to her husband Michael Ruff, her children and extended family. I spoke with her briefly only days before her passing so the reality of her passing still has me reeling. Our relationship was a relatively new one. Only two months ago did I have the rare and great privilege of interviewing her on my Transformational Dialogue Radio show. We ended up speaking for hours before and after the show and somehow and serendipitously seemed to develop a quick and deep friendship connection, so it is as if a rug just was pulled out from beneath me upon hearing the news.
The time of our conversation that was recorded was an example not only of her brilliance, but also of her humor, her playfulness, her compassion, her deep dedication to healing and her expansiveness of understanding with regards to the relationship of mind and body and spirit. I offer this recent recording as a recent glimpse into the amazing and beautiful person that Candace Pert was and will continue to be in spirit and in our hearts.
With Deep Sadness and Deep Gratitude,
Here is the introduction to the interview as it was aired in August 2013:
Please join Transformational Dialogue radio host Craig Weiner, DC as he interviews Dr. Candace Pert in this fascinating exploration of her groundbreaking work in straddling the fields of science and emotions. She is internationally recognized pharmacologist who has published over 250 scientific articles, is the author of the book Molecules of Emotion: The Scientific Basis Behind Mind-Body Medicine (Scribner, 1997), appeared in the feature film What the Bleep Do We Know!?? and Bill Moyer’s TV program Healing and the Mind. She is a forerunner in the field of Mind-Body Medicine and PsychoNeuroImmunology and has served as Chief of the Section on Brain Biochemistry of the Clinical Neuroscience Branch of the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and other key positions. Currently she is working in a private company developing an AIDS vaccine in addition to treatments for other diseases.