Member of the Academy of Sciences and Arts Vladeta Jerotić, who died on September 4, 2018, at the age of 95, was laid to rest on September 6, 2018 at the New Cemetery in Belgrade. The requiem service in front of the St. Nicolas Church was conducted by his Holiness Irinej, Serbian Patriarch and His Eminence Bishop of Šumadija – Jovan, with concelebration of the significant number of Clergy. This all-around erudite was accompanied to his final resting place by the family, colleagues, friends, admirers and citizens of Belgrade. The reading of the Gospels was followed by short addresses of his Holiness Patriarch Irinej, Member of the Academy Predrag Piper and Protopresbyter-stavrophor, Prof. Dragomir Sando, on behalf of the Deanery of the Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Belgrade.
Vladeta Jerotić was a prominent physician, neuro-psychiatrist, psychotherapist, author and member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts. He was born on August 2, 1924 in Belgrade, where he completed elementary and Grammar School and graduated from the Medical Faculty, followed by specialization in psychotherapy in Switzerland, Germany and France. He was the Head of Psychotherapy Department of the Hospital “Dr Dragiša Mišović” in Belgrade for several decades. From 1985, until retirement, he was on-call professor at the Faculty of Orthodox Theology in Belgrade. He left behind a significant legacy of opinion pieces in the boarder-line areas of psychoanalysis, psychotherapy, religion and philosophy. He was a member of the Association of Serbian Writers, regular member of the Medical Academy and member of the Serbian Academy for Sciences and Arts (Department of Language and Literature). He was a laureate of many awards and decorations such as: “Đorđe Jovanović” Award, “Laza Kostić” Award and Order of St. Sava – First Class. “Vladeta Jerotić Endowment” will publish, according to his wish – posthumously, his diaries, correspondence and two unpublished manuscripts.
Thus spoke Vladeta Jerotić:
“Everything is omnipresent in a human being. Within the depths of his vast, unconscious life. The entire past, both individual and collective. I was always subjected to temptations, weighed and measured and continued to quantify myself, in order to see whether I had gained some life experience, whether I am just a bit more composed and harmonized, wiser or in some other way life-wise more mature?”
“We may require the obedience from others only if we, ourselves are obedient. Even Dostoevsky used to warn the parents that they should not limit their children, but instead fulfill the Christ’s vow of obedience, and only then they may require the same from their children.”
According to his wishes, the Member of the Academy of Sciences and Arts Vladeta Jerotić was laid to rest in the family crypt in the Plot 2, at the New Cemetery of Belgrade.