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Beloved NCH Board Member Passed Away
June 6, 2016
It is with heavy hearts that we share the following news:
Joe Lillard, owner of Washington Homeopathic Products in Berkeley Springs, WV, and longtime board member for the National Center for Homeopathy, as well as Homeopaths Without Borders, passed away on Friday, May 27, 2016, around 5:30pm. He was home and in peace, surrounded by his family, on the beautiful farm that he loved, with its green, rolling hills, babbling stream nearby, and sheep grazing in the pasture.
Joe had taken a fall from his barn’s hayloft last July with a resulting cerebral hemorrhage and had been making strides towards recovery until the last few months, when congestive heart failure was diagnosed. He was in hospice for the last two weeks. Some excellent homeopathic prescribing gave him great comfort—as did his loving wife Linda, his children, his extended family, and the many friends who called, visited, texted, or stopped by to play music or reminisce.
Joe was a man of few words with a great sense of humor. He had many interests—antiques, sheep farming, Christmas tree-farming, old-time music, broom-making, chair-caning, crossword puzzles, sushi, and homeopathy—to name just a few. His rustic ways belied a keen intellect, strong leadership skills, and an ability to do things that others thought were impossible. While working in the federal Equal Employment Opportunity field in Washington, DC in the 1970s, Joe led the way for a group of friends to buy pristine farmland 2-3 hours away in West Virginia. His farmhouse became the center of community life with its annual July 4th parade and picnic. In the nearby town of Berkeley Springs, Joe was instrumental in saving the old Star Movie Theater and founding the Morgan Arts Council.
In the late 1970s, Joe discovered homeopathy when looking for a holistic way to help his sheep. Soon, he was studying homeopathy, serving on the National Center for Homeopathy’s Board of Directors, and founding the NCH Affiliated Study Group program. When Joe and Linda’s daughter Emi was born with a rare genetic disorder and doctors gave her hours to live, Joe fought to use homeopathic remedies in the hospital, which saved her life. When E.B. Furr, the longtime owner of Washington Homeopathic Pharmacy in Bethesda, MD, wanted to sell his pharmacy and insisted on selling only to a pharmacist, Joe persisted in his offer to buy it, finally winning over Mr. Furr and saving this gem of a pharmacy established in 1873. Renaming it Washington Homeopathic Products in 1991, Joe and Linda grew the company exponentially, adding a store called "Homeopathy Works" and museum in downtown Berkeley Springs and a major manufacturing facility in a local business park, employing many in the area. In 2009, Joe was honored to be named the US Small Business Administration’s 2009 Business Person of the Year for West Virginia and was invited to the White House to receive the award from President Obama. Joe also made numerous humanitarian trips to countries such as Cuba and El Salvador on behalf of Homeopaths Without Borders and donated many remedies and supplies so that those less fortunate could have access to homeopathy.
A celebration of Joe’s life will take place later this summer at his home for close friends and family. His family has asked that contributions in his honor be made to either the National Center for Homeopathy http://www.homeopathycenter.org/ or Homeopaths Without Borders http://www.hwbna.org/.
Please read more about Joe and send condolences to his family via the guestbook or website here:
Also: please send thoughts, stories, and remembrances of Joe that you would like to share with the larger homeopathic community for possible inclusion in an upcoming issue of Homeopathy Today to Mitzi Lebensorger at Lebensorger@gmail.com.