Dorothea had a similar creative prowess to Richard, but a more reclusive disposition. She was the support in the background until she was pushed to the helm with Richard’s passing in 1983.
With Richard gone, she fell victim to attempts of Organizational mutiny. As a testament to her strength and faith she stood firm and continued to stand the ground that was established. Her approach was less community minded, claiming to have more of a simpatico with four legged beings, and often down on humans for their disregard of nature.
Her wisdom reflected teachings from all ages, working to inspire creative adventure. Throughout her life in art, Dorothea worked in a multiplicity of media, careful not to exhaust any one methodology. She would express the alchemical quality of eyes, finding life even in inanimate objects. She would quote film to be “the art of our time” and was heavily influenced by the films of Andrea Tarkovsky. In addition to her role at the Uranian Phalanstery, Dorothea worked as a woodworking teacher at St. Bernards, an all boys school on the Upper East Side. Never one to separate life from art, Dorothea made “Quest”, a film referencing the Trojan War, using her young students as cast members. She passed in her studio, at the Phalanstery at 83, on Nov. 20th, 2013.
Aetho was involved in the formation of the organization through direct and intuitive involvement. As Richard drew structural designs, she labored in production. Together they conducted ceremonies held in the First Gnostic Lyceum of New York, created publications and released a yearly calendar.
After Richard had passed Aetho Reab, continued the work of the organization. Under her tutelage, as a result of deep internalization, she transformed the once social group into a meditative center. Her solitary realm became rich with symbols and signs of life transcending animation and the organization went slowly into a retreat.