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Prof. dr Vladeta Jerotić (1924–2018)

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When someone passes away, when we lose a close relative or dear friend, well-meaning friends may benevolently remind us that “Everyone has lost someone.”

Tonight, all of us gathered here have lost our dear professor Jerotić.

At his funeral, forty days ago, the sky formed an uninterrupted roof above St. Nikola’s church and its open pagoda. All around were close colleagues and relatives, the green grass of warm September’s grounds, and many, many people. The Professor still, just as during his life, belonged to us all.

We would all gather in this hall, discussing so many significant topics, always anticipating the Professor’s final word. I admired, as I know my fellow lecturers did, his singular ability to follow each presentation that preceded his own. It takes considerable skill to, in lecture, reflect upon all that was said and enrich the narrative with new ideas of your own. This, the Professor did, in a manner which deepened his connection to the participants. He awakened in all of us a deep interest - a thirst for new information - inspiring us with quotations and humor, frequently leaving open-ended questions hanging. I suppose he did this to encourage our curiosity.

His professional biography was another aspect that made him "our" Professor Jerotić. Medical doctor. Psychiatrist. Psychotherapist. Analyst with Jungian approach. Professor at the College of Theology. Writer. Academic at the Department for Literature and Language. There are so many titles we could list. I would like to focus on his work in psychiatry and psychotherapy.

How did a young Vladeta Jerotić decide to study medicine? One of the reasons can be found in an anecdote he’d frequently tell. While being treated at the ophthalmology clinic for a wounded eye, he fell in love with his orderly, a woman who had already married… The second reason is sad. His close friend became ill from schizophrenia and, a year later, died from tuberculosis. From the sadness came a deep desire to find a solution for human suffering and to assist those who could benefit.

At the end of his specialization in psychiatry, the Professor worked abroad for several years, in Switzerland, Germany, and France. He made his living from his chosen profession. In Switzerland, he worked in a department led by Adolf Gugenbull Craig, the famous Jungian analyst, psychiatrist and theologist. There, Dr. Jerotić deepened his knowledge of the theory of Analytical Psychology. In the years to come, he would become one of the people most responsible for spreading this theory in our region. Remember, for instance, his selection of Jung’s texts with expanded prologue in the book, “The Labyrinth In Man.”

Dr. Jerotić wanted to work in Belgrade. In 1961, he became chief of the Department of Psychiatry, a position he would hold for more than 20 years. We will not broach here the complex theme of psychiatry in this region in those times; better to leave it for historians to consider in the future. The Professor worked diligently and was known for his erudite approach. There emerged an anecdote about a young man who wanted the Professor to be his therapist. He imagined that it was not possible to talk to Dr. Jerotić if you had not read the requisite books from psychology, literature, and philosophy. He began to read, and he continued to read and read, according to the plan he had made from himself. When he was finally ready to ask for the appointment, Dr. Jerotić had retired.

The Professor’s retirement applied only to his work in psychiatry. He accepted a position as lecture in pastoral psychology at the College of Theology. In those times, at the end of the ‘80s, you could work as a psychiatrist and a professor at a wide range of colleges; but not at the College of Theology. The Professor had to make a choice.

His presence in psychiatry and psychotherapy would still be felt, however. He continued to work as an analyst and a supervisor of young colleagues. As one of the founders of the Belgrade analytical circle – a group which gathered together professionals who learned and applied in their work the ideas of Analytical Psychology – he continued to spread his knowledge to younger generations. He was one of the members who for years guided group supervisions in this association. It is a little-known fact – and a rare occurrence today – that he worked on a volunteer basis. The Professor’s approach to younger colleagues was always to recognize everything that had been done well, and to gently note what could have been done differently. Given the weight of his authority, we, in that “ground-zero” generation of future analysts, were all nervous; and yet he was always calming.

After the formal part, our private conversations would always be stimulating, rooted in the Professor’s genuine curiosity. I remember once, when he asked my colleague, “You visited Zurich? Nice. Tell me, please, how are things in Zurich? I lived there once, for a longer time, it is an interesting city. I won’t be traveling there anymore, so I’m interested in how it looks now.” This was at the turn of the Millennium. The Professor was calm, with neither sadness nor pathos in his question. For a moment, I realized that I was looking at a person who was calmly discussing that he was aging. He had completely accepted it. I had never, I thought, quite seen that before.

We would learn that the Professor loved and would frequently "repeat” each step of his professional journey. That for which he had not found enough time, and which he would choose, if he had the chance again, was the psychosomatic realm. His uniquely holistic approach was implicit across his responses. This connected him with periods in the history of medicine; for example, the Antic period in Greece and non-European cultures. We should add that he was fond of anthropology. He spoke holistically about approaches to cancer, tuberculosis, and other diseases. In discussions about relationships, he would emphasize that the reasons for divorce and separation were not all that was important. A more difficult, but even more important task for all of us to understand "supstantio sine qua non" in marriages which successfully last through the decades.

He cared for his younger  colleagues - many of us are no longer young - and regularly asked how many difficult problems we had weekly in our practice, advising us to limit that number. He left his mark on the youngest generation of future analysts and, in lacking hubris and the fear that he might in the future be surpassed, "passed" the exam which so many great professors have failed. He was an honorary lifetime president of the Serbian Analytical Society (Developing Group of the International Association for Analytical Psychology).

He suggested that we read fairy tales, "because we need fairy tales, especially today, when the intellect is full-to-brim; yet emotions, malnourished." He encouraged us to take a break, although one could hardly say that he followed his own advice. Once, a break for him was to listen to music with his wife, Jelena; in his younger years, to go to the mountains... He differentiated between keeping mum, and quiet. Quiet, he liked... His best day was the liturgy at the monastery in Russia. I like to believe that he left us with the peace those memories bring.

In three days, it will be 40 days since Professor Jerotić's death. I will conclude with the text of an obituary which is dedicated to him by the youngest members of the psychotherapy association to which he belonged.

Our dear Professor,

The honorary lifetime president and one of the founders of our association,

Grateful for the knowledge, love, warmth, and support which he unselfishly devoted to us, until the very end of his long and fruitful life,

We will ever remember and honor him.

The Serbian Analytical Society

 

  

Mario Jacoby, Dr. phil. (1925-1911)

Mario Jacoby je rodjen u Lajpcigu, u Nemačkoj. U mladjim godinama je imao interesovanje za muzičku umetnost koju je studirao u Parizu i Londonu. Bio je član  Ciriškog  kamernog orkestra, u kome je svirao kao violinista.

Na Jungovom institutu u Cirihu započeo je školovanje i obuku za analitičara 1956. godine, a završio je 1965.  Marie Louise von Franz i Jolande Jacoby su, medju ostalima, bile njegovi učitelji. Nekoliko susreta sa Jungom u to vreme, pružilo mu je mogućnost da prenese ova svoja vredna iskustva sadašnjim generacijama.

Mario Jacoby je bio trening analitičar, predavač i član Curatorium-a Instituta C.G. Jung u Cirihu. Držao je predavanja i vodio seminare širom Evrope, Latinske Amerike, SAD-a, u Južnoj Africi i u Izraelu.

Ovde, u Beogradu, imali smo zadovoljstvo i privilegiju da bude naš supervizor i predavač od 2004. godine. Njegovo prisustvo u Beogradu tokom ovih godina, bilo je veoma obogaćujuće za sve članove Srpskog analitičkog društva i za širu publiku.    

Ovaj veliki autor je objavio brojne članke i knjige, a medju njima su:The Analytic Encounter (Inner City, 1984), Individuation and Narcissism (Routledge, 1989), Shame and the Origins of Self-Esteem(Routledge, 1993) and Jungian Psychotherapy and Contemporary Infant Research (Routledge, 1999).  

Pamtićemo ga sa velikom zahvalnošću i ljubavlju.


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