Van Gelder Kunz, Dora (1904–1999)
American psychic and leader in the Theosophical Society.
She was born on April 28, 1904, in Java, where she grew up on
her father’s sugar plantation. Here she saw and communed
with fairies, unaware that this was a special psychic faculty. At
the age of eleven, she left Java for Australia, where she studied
with an Anglican priest who also possessed unusual psychic
abilities. At the age of twenty-two, she married an American
and moved to the United States, where she became president
of a corporation concerned with teaching materials, while her
husband became head of an educational foundation.
Van Gelder had never been a professional paid medium nor
publicized her psychic abilities but instead worked unobtrusively
with physicians on difficult cases for diagnostic and healing
purposes. She showed a natural ability to see the psychic energy
patterns in human beings and their relationship to conditions
of health and disease. She also claimed the unusual ability of
being able to predict specific illness, sometimes as early as eighteen
months in advance.
She said she never lost her ability to commune with fairy life.
When she was a young woman she wrote about her fairy experiences.
This early manuscript was revised and published as The
Real World of Fairies (1977). She stated that fairy life is still apparent,
but becoming less evident with the growing pollution
of cities and urban life. She even reported seeing fairies in Central
Park, New York.
Van Gelder Kunz died on August 25, 1999.
Van Gelder, Dora. The Real World of Fairies. Wheaton, Ill.
Theosophical Publishing House, 1977.