PRESS RELEASE - 16th February 2013
It is with full hearts that we write today to tell you the death on 16th February 2013 of our beloved founder, Dr Evelyn Livingston Billings AM, DCSG, MBBS (Melb), DCH (Lond) aged 95 after a short illness.
Dr Lyn, as we all knew her, together with her husband, Dr John Billings, founded the Method of natural fertility regulation which bears their name. Her studies on breastfeeding mothers and women approaching menopause made a major contribution to the work. For half a century they traveled the world teaching and promoting their Method in faithfulness to Pope Paul VI’s call to “men (and women) of science (and) physicians (to) be obedient to the Lord’s call and to act as faithful interpreters of His plan.”
She was the author of the best selling non-fiction book The Billings Method, first published in 1980. This book was reprinted 16 times with 7 new or revised editions. The latest completely revised edition was published in 2011. Access to this book, published in 22 languages, made the Billings Method a household name and gave hope to millions of couples throughout the world.
Personal friend of three Popes, in 2003 Lyn was made a Dame Commander of St Gregory the Great by Pope John Paul II and she was an active member of the Pontifical Academy for Life. She was recognized with Honorary Doctorates from universities around the world including an Honoris Causa Degree from Tor Vergata University in Rome in 2005. In 2002 Drs John and Evelyn Billings were jointly declared International Catholic Physicians of the Year by the International Catholic Federation of Medical Associations.
Couples in more than 100 countries bear testament to the wonderful work of this selfless woman and her husband. In China alone, where they trained thousands to teach their Method, a substantial drop in the abortion rate has been attributed to their work.
She is survived by 8 of her 9 children, 39 grandchildren and 31 great grandchildren. We thank God for her life and work and for the privilege and joy of having known her, and we rejoice that she is now reunited with John to enjoy together their eternal reward.
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Dr Evelyn L BILLINGS, AM, DCSG, MBBS, DCH (Lond) Born 8th February, 1918
Graduated in medicine from the University of Melbourne and studied paediatrics as a post-graduate in
London, afterward undertaking paediatric practice in Melbourne.
Later she became a Senior Demonstrator in Embryology and Histology within the Department of Anatomy of the University of Melbourne and Assistant Physician to the Department of Community Medicine, St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne.
Consultant Physician to the Ovulation Method Research and Reference Centre of Australia Ltd (trading as Billings LIFE) and a founding member of the World Organisation Ovulation Method Billings WOOMB International Ltd.
With a medical journalist, Ann Westmore, she wrote a best seller, entitled The Billings Method which has been reprinted 16 times with 7 new or revised editions and translated into 22 different languages. A completely revised edition was published in 2011.
With her husband, Dr John Billings, she visited more than 100 countries around the world, some of them repeatedly, to teach natural family planning and support organizations working for families.
She was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia in the 1991 Australia Day Honours.
Dr Evelyn Billings, together with her husband, has been awarded Honorary Doctorates by Universities in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in the Dominican Republic, in Puebla, Mexico and by the Australian Catholic University for services to medicine and the welfare of women. In addition they were awarded an Honoris Causa Degree from Tor Vergata University in Rome in 2005.
In 2002 she and John were jointly declared International Catholic Physicians of the Year by FIAMC, the International Federation of Catholic Medical Associations at a Congress in Seoul South Korea, for their multiple visits over many years to more than 100 countries around the world in order to strengthen family life by the promotion of a natural method of fertility regulation.
In 2003, on the fiftieth anniversary of the Billings Ovulation Method™, she was made a Dame Commander
of St Gregory the Great by Pope John Paul II in recognition of half a century of work for families.
Along with her husband she has been instrumental in bringing the Billings Ovulation Method™ to China where it is now incorporated into the Chinese Government Family Planning Program as a method of choice by fertile couples. She has received the Distinctive Contribution Award from the Consultation Committee of the Ministry of Health of China and has been appointed an Honorary Advisor to the Beijing, Shanghai and Nanjing Family Planning Commissions.
Throughout all of her brilliant career she has been the Mother of a large & loving family which she saw as her greatest achievement.