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Obituary: Wilma Sylvia Friedman Rosen


Wilma Sylvia Friedman Rosen P’86, MD, of Providence, died July 7, 2018. She was 89. A clinical assistant professor emerita of psychiatry and human behavior, she was the first woman psychiatrist at Butler Hospital and served there more than 40 years. She also provided therapy to artist students at RISD’s Office of Counseling.

Dr. Rosen’s life story inspired many whom she counseled and mentored
at Brown’s medical school. She completed her medical degree at Temple University School of Medicine at a time when quotas restricted admission of Jewish women. Her mentorship of women physicians gave her great pride.

She is survived by two daughters, Allyson Rosen PhD’86 and Liz Grinspoon; a sister; four grandchildren; and her nieces and nephew.


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