Beate Brigitta Caspari, born March 14, 1910, in Berlin, died July 8, 1995, in Hamden, Connecticut. She is pictured below as physician, author, and mother, as well as collaborator with her beloved husband George Rosen. She grew up in the neighborhood of Treskowstrasse, living in a third-floor apartment at Metzerstrasse, where her father, Dr. Paul Caspari, practiced family medicine. As a medical student at Friedrich Wilhem University, Berlin, she met her husband-to-be, George Rosen. After completing their degrees, they moved permanently to the United States. George, an American citizen born in Brooklyn, New York, brought his bride to New York City. She was a resident at Lutheran Hospital, Brooklyn and passed her board exams shortly thereafter.  She was active in the New York City Health Department, where she was chief physician in pediatric ophthalmological clinics. She also was an ophthalmologist for the Ladies Garment Workers’ Union. During the Second World War she was co-editor of Ciba Symposia and also co-author of Four Hundred Years of a Doctor’s Life, published in 1947. Moreover, she assisted George Rosen in his research. In her full life she had two children Paul Peter Rosen, a specialist in breast pathology, and Susan Rosen Koslow, an art historian. When George Rosen became professor of the History of Medicine at Yale University in 1969, Beate Caspari-Rosen joined the staff of the Yale Health Clinic as an ophthalmologist. When George died in 1977, she moved to New Haven and later to Hamden, Connecticut. Atta, as she was known to friends and family, was a clear-eyed thoughtful yet loving person, who lived a full life but death came too soon.  Her absence is keenly felt.

Beate Caspari-Rosen

in memoriam