Bro, Harmon Hartzell (1919–1997)
Professor of philosophy and religion and specialist in parapsychological
aspects of religious life, including meditation,
faith-healing, mystical experience, and conversion. He was
born December 14, 1919, in Nanking, China to missionary parents.
He studied at Williams College and the University of Chicago
(B.A.); he pursued graduate education at St. Olaf College,
Harvard Divinity School, and the University of Chicago Divinity
School (Ph.D.). He was ordained a minister in the Christian
Church (Disciples of Christ) in 1943.
Bro served as associate professor of religion and psychology,
George Williams College, Chicago, Illinois (1949–55), and held
various academic positions and developed experimental programs.
He was W. Earl Ledden Associate Professor of Religion
and director of Institute for Religious Education at Syracuse
University, New York (1956–59) and director of the Institute
for Research in Psychology and Religion (1960–65). He has
written widely on psychological and pastoral counseling issues.
With his wife, Reverend June Avis (Larson), Bro directed the
Pilgrim Institute for the study of contemporary spirituality.
Bro’s friendship with Edgar Cayce led to his long relationship
with the Association for Research and Enlightenment
(ARE). His doctoral thesis, The Charisma of the Seer, examined
the life and work of Cayce. Bro has been a frequent speaker at
the ARE and has written a number of books on the Cayce material,
including Edgar Cayce on Dreams (1968), Dreams in a Life of
Prayer The Approach of Edgar Cayce (1970), Edgar Cayce on Religion
and Psychic Experience (1970), and A Seer Out of Season The
Life of Edgar Cayce (1989).
Bro died on September 13, 1997, in Hyannis, Massachusetts.
Sources
Bro, Harmon Hartzell. Begin a New Life The Approach of
Edgar Cayce. New York Harper & Row, 1971.
———. Dreams in a Life of Prayer The Approach of Edgar Cayce.
New York Paperback Library, 1970.
———. Edgar Cayce on Dreams. New York Castle Books,
1968.
———. Edgar Cayce on Religion and Psychic Experience. New
York Paperback Library, 1970.
———. High Play; Turning on without Drugs. New York Coward-McCann,
1970.
———. A Seer Out of Season The Life of Edgar Cayce. New
York New American Library, 1989.

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