Gil Boyne died on May 5, 2010 at his home in London, after a brief illness. Having been admitted to hospital and been given a diagnosis a week previously, he told his wife Ann that he was very ready to go, that he wanted to pass away at home and he didn’t want to linger. He left hospital on 4th May, arrived home and passed away around 8.45 on Wednesday morning. His wife, his daughter and his grandchildren were with him. He was 85 years old.
Gil was my friend as well as my mentor and I shall truly miss him and I shall always treasure my moments with him.
Since 1974, Gil Boyne gained an international reputation for his highly effective “Hypnotherapy As A Career” training programs. Students and counseling professionals from all 50 states and 11 foreign countries came to Glendale, California to study with Gil Boyne. In addition, Boyne regularly trained mental health professionals in seminars in London, England, Sydney, Australia, Auckland, New Zealand, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. More than 5,500 graduates in the USA and an equal number abroad have created an international reputation for Gil Boyne’s work, Transforming Therapy.
Boyne received international media coverage for his work with superstars of the entertainment world such as Sylvester Stallone, Lily Tomlin, Dolly Parton, and others. His motivational programs enjoyed wide acceptance with numerous world-class athletes and Olympic contenders.
Like the fictional “Rocky,” who he helped Sylvester Stallone to create, Gil started out as a boxer in the slums of Philadelphia.
The International Hypnosis Hall of Fame presented The Millennium Award – “Man of the Century” to Gil Boyne in April.
In the last 50 years Mr. Boyne transformed the lives of literally hundreds of thousands of people with his wise counsel. This award symbolizes global recognition for his innovative genius in the field of hypnotherapy.
*Director, Hypnotism Training Institute of Los Angeles
*Founder and CEO, Westwood Publishing Company
*Founder and Director, Hypnotherapy Counseling Center
*Co-Founder, British Council of Hypnotist Examiners
*Executive Director, American Council of Hypnotist Examiners
Awards and Honors
1981: Doctor of Humane Letters – honorary degree awarded by Newport University, Newport Beach, Calif., for his lifetime achievement in Mind Sciences.
1982: Doctor of Humane Letters honorary degree awarded by the University for Humanistic Studies in San Diego, Calif., for his exceptional contributions to the Humanistic Sciences.
1990: “Lifetime Achievement Award” awarded by the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners.
1992: Doctor of Philosophy, in Transpersonal Psychology honorary degree awarded by Westbrook University, New Mexico.
1992: “American Eagle Leadership Award” given in recognition of Thirty-Five Years of Exceptional Leadership to the Profession of Hypnotherapy awarded by the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners.
1996: Named as One of Glendale’s 100 Most Influential Citizens (Glendale News Press, Feb. 28) Honoring individuals who had the ability and the courage to effect change in education, religion, charity, sports, law enforcement, and politics.
1997: Honorary Life Member awarded by the New Zealand Hypnotherapists Association.
1997: Fellowship award for distinguished service awarded by the Australian Academy of Hypnotic Science.
1998: Post Graduate Diploma of Psychotherapy awarded by the Australian College of Clinical Hypnotherapy
2001: Fellowship Award for Exceptional Service awarded by Korean Hypnotherapy Associates.
Gil will forever be an icon in the field of hypnotherapy, changing the profession in major ways over the course of over half a century. He is world famous for his Transforming TherapyTM, his classic book by that title and his dramatic rapid inductions. In addition to training thousands of hypnotherapists, he did enormously important legislative work beginning in the 1960’s to protect and strengthen the profession, helping establish a free and open practice of hypnotism. His legacy is broad and deep.
Dr. Dave Hill, DCH
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