June 13, 1955 ~ May 27, 2022

Born in: Greenwich, CT
Resided in: Austin, TX

Elizabeth C. (Beth) Pomeroy, PhD, LCSW, ACSW, passed away on Friday, May 27, 2022, in Austin, TX.

Dr. Pomeroy was born to William and Cornelia Pomeroy on June 13, 1955 in Greenwich, CT. Her family relocated to Asheville, NC, when she was a child. She received her Master’s Degree in Social Work from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and her PhD in Social Work from the University of Texas, Austin.

For more than 30 years, Dr. Pomeroy worked as a clinical social worker with children, adolescents, adults and families. She received the Outstanding Teaching Award in 2014 from the University of Texas Board of Regents and was the Co-Director of the Institute for Grief, Loss and Family Survival at the University of Texas School of Social Work, where she held the Bert Krueger Smith Professorship in Mental Health and Aging. For 20 years, Dr. Pomeroy taught clinical assessment and diagnosis to graduate and social work students and did significant research in the areas of interventions related to grief and loss, often seeking out books and video resources for her students to apply in their professional and personal lives. As well as publishing numerous books on social work, Dr. Pomeroy served as the Editor in Chief of Social Work: The Journal of the National Association of Social Work.

Beth was a lifetime advocate of physical fitness, often swimming 50 laps daily. She was devoted to her family and her colleagues and students often sought her expertise and advice, relying on her vast experience and wisdom.

Dr. Pomeroy is survived by her sisters, Nancy Togar (Tunc) of Asheville and Peggy Higginbotham of Houston, TX; brother, Bill Pomeroy (Cindy) of Asheville, as well as many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents; brother-in-law, Ed Higginbotham and her precious dogs, Joy and Lucy.

A Funeral Service for Dr. Pomeroy will be held at 2:00 PM on Sunday, June 12, 2022 at All Souls Episcopal Church in Asheville with burial to follow at Calvary Churchyard in Fletcher.

Groce Funeral Home’s Lake Julian team is assisting the family.


Funeral Service: June 12, 2022 2:00 pm

All Souls Episcopal Church
9 Swan Street
Asheville, NC 28803


Burial: June 12, 2022 3:00 pm

Calvary Episcopal Churchyard
Hendersonville Road
Fletcher, NC 28732

Funeral Home Assisting The Family:

Groce Funeral Home at Lake Julian
72 Long Shoals Road
Arden, NC 28704


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  1. My deepest sympathy to the Pomeroy family in the passing of Beth. Her Father, Bill Pomeroy, Greatest Generation through and through, assisted me with several real estate transactions in the 1980s and we became good friends. I also dealt with Bill when he was at Alpine VW in my claims adjusting days with Nationwide Insurance. So, we went back a long way. Bill and my uncle, the late Bob Beard of the Asheville Citizen-Times, both Princeton Ivy Leaguers and huge Civitan supporters, were also close friends. The last time I saw Bill was at Uncle Bob’s funeral in 1997. Uncle Bob was married to my Dad’s sister, Betty Huntley Beard and lived on Woodcrest Road in the Grove Park area. In reading Beth’s many accomplishments it is very apparent she was a chip off the old block. In my dealings with her Dad he always handled all transactions with style and grace. Helping one’s fellow man and an infectious enthusiasm for life were catching. You couldn’t help but feel better after being close to these folks. These are traits which are needed so much today in the world in which we live. Beth and the entire Pomeroy family have made a difference to the Asheville community and beyond. Once again, my deepest sympathy to Beth’s family and many friends. Gerry Huntley, Fairview, NC. 828-318-4013. gerryh1947@yahoo.com

  2. Dr. Beth Pomeroy was a close colleague at The University of Texas at Austin where she also graduated with her PhD. I was blessed to be on her dissertation committee and work with her closely in the Clinical concentration of our MSSW program and in the PhD program. She made so many contributions and was a joy to have as a colleague. I will miss Beth greatly.

  3. We miss Beth’s beautiful smile and spirit at our School.
    Sending peace to all who love her.
    Tanya Voss
    Steve Hicks School of Social Work

  4. Beth was a wonderful colleague for many years here at the UT School of Social Work. We miss her and send the sincerest of condolences to her family and closest friends.

  5. Dear Beth’s Family–thank you for sharing you sister, aunt, and beloved Beth with us for so many years. Beth was a influencial and beloved member of our social work community in Austin and across Texas. She positively impacted our lives with her wit, writing, and teaching. She was a good friend and pet mom and spoke of you all often. We will join you in missing her. Warmest regards, Noel Busch

  6. Billy, I am so sorry for the loss of your sister. She and I are the same age, and she is too young to leave this world. My prayers are with you and your family. Kenny

  7. Beth has been my client for over 20 years we had a special friendship it was a joy to take care of her for that long you will greatly missed I’m so happy to have meet her family I’m going to miss you Stephanie Reger

  8. I am so sorry to hear of Beth’s passing. We worked out at the same gym a few years back, and we had a lot of wonderful conversations. She was a very special, smart, accomplished woman.


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