With great sadness I let you know of the passing of our dear colleague Virginia Beane Rutter. She died surrounded by family on Sunday evening, March 13th. Below is a notice that she and Peter collaborated on. Virginia will be missed by us in so many ways. She was held by us with both great fondness and enduring esteem. Please join with me in extending deepest sympathy to Peter and their family.
Rob Tyminski, President
Virginia Beane Rutter
1943 – 2016
Virginia Beane Rutter, MA, MS, a Jungian Analyst in Mill Valley, California, passed away on March 13, 2016, after contending with non-smoker’s lung cancer for the past three years. She is survived by her loving family: her husband, Peter, their daughter Melina, their son Naftali and daughter-in-law Alyson.
Virginia left a rich healing and scholarly legacy in the hundreds of individuals she treated over the past nearly 40 years in her depth-oriented analytic practice, as well as in her original contributions through papers,books, lectures and
training seminars. Her most recent writings, published in two collections of papers from the Ancient Greece, Modern Psyche Symposia held in Santorini, took up feminine psychology, describing early Aegean initiation rituals, and masculine psychology in Homeric heroes and modern men exposed to war trauma. In both articles, Virginia identified historical patterns of trauma in the unconscious of modern women and men, and demonstrated how healing can take place as these patterns are made conscious. She maintained that the intact core self can be recovered in dreams, in artistic expression, and in the relationship with the guiding analyst herself.
Virginia Elizabeth Beane was born in Southern California in 1943 when her father, an Army Air Corps pilot, was fighting in World War II. Her father’s survival of a prisoner of war camp in Romania with its traumatic repercussions, and her mother’s Italian Catholic wisdom informed Virginia’s eventual path as a healer. She addressed these psychological legacies in her Santorini papers, as well as in her first book, Woman Changing Woman, which describes the initiation motif in Jungian depth analysis between a woman analyst and her patient. Throughout her work, Virginia demonstrated how warm, feeling engagement from the woman analyst can catalyze a modern woman’s sense of independence and selfhood, even within a patriarchal world.
Virginia earned a BA from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1965, and followed with an MA in Art History in 1969. She traveled extensively, living in England, France and Greece and studying French, German and modern Greek. Dr. Joseph Henderson, an analysand of C.G.Jung, was her abiding analyst. In 1973, she began her Jungian Analytic training in Zurich, working with Barbara Hannah, who had also been analyzed by Jung. Virginia returned to the Bay Area in 1975, obtained an MS in Counseling Psychology from California State University, Hayward, began her clinical practice, and resumed her training at the C.G. Jung Institute of San Francisco, completing her Analytic Certification in 1986.
Virginia continued to draw upon her art history background throughout her Jungian practice, expanding her studies into archaeological investigation and studying classical Greek. Her lectures, seminars and publications also carried forward the work of Dr. Henderson in Jungian depth-oriented cultural studies. In this work she demonstrated the meaningful connections between modern dream imagery and feminine initiation motifs from Neolithic Turkey, early Minoan culture, in present-day Navajo Kinaalda initiations, and the links among both fierce and compassionate goddess imagery in the ancient world, in the iconography of the virgin goddess, and in boddhisattva images in Buddhism.
Rearing her son and daughter was central to Virginia’s life and informed her practice, writing and teaching, and led to her conducting one of the first seminars for clinicians on the subject of “Transference to the Pregnant Psychotherapist.” Virginia went on to write two additional books on developing healthy, empowering mother-daughter relationships: “Celebrating Girls,” about pre-adolescence; and “Embracing Persephone,” taking up the turbulent teenage years.
Virginia is also survived by her brother James Bishop Beane III, of Show Low, Arizona, her sister Justine Beane Bradford and her husband Errett, of Carson City, Nevada, her cousin Ernest M. Pierucci and his wife Adrienne of Lafayette, California, and their two sons and five grandchildren. In lieu of flowers the family requests contributions to Green Dragon Temple Zen Center, 1601 Shoreline Highway, Sausalito, California 94965.