April 27, 1924 – August 10, 2008
On New Years eve going into 2002, Eva Renate Reich, after a busy life of teaching and traveling, slipped and fell on ice and experienced a massive stroke to her spinal column in her neck. She was paralyzed in her hands and from the chest down and was not expected to live, but to everyone’s surprise she made wonderful progress into a reasonable recovery of walking a bit, using a wheel chair, and then eventually becoming bed ridden.
After several years of wonderful, loving care from her daughter Renata, spent in the comfort, warmth, and dignity of her own home, Eva passed away early the morning of August 10th, 2008.
Eva was the eldest daughter of Dr. Wilhelm Reich and one of his original students. She became deeply engaged in the field of orgonomy and worked with her father on a variety of experimental works. Following Wilhelm Reich’s death in 1957, Eva, as executrix of his estate, was instrumental in protecting her father’s wishes as expressed in his Last Will & Testament, and in providing the first stepping stones for the functioning of The Wilhelm Reich Infant Trust.
Independently she “traveled around the world eight times,” with her work that she called “Gentle Bioenergetics,” spreading knowledge of the orgone accumulator as well as a special butterfly touch massage therapy for healing trauma in newborns. At home in rural Maine she had been a country doctor and also founded an independent birth control and women’s clinic.
She is survived by her daughter Renata Moise, who is a nurse midwife, and Renata’s son Christopher.
Eva Renate Reich was an extraordinary person and she is greatly missed and honored.