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OBITUARY

Dr. Miriam Rosenthal

June 8, 1928July 30, 2020

Dr. Miriam Rosenthal, age 92, of Cleveland, Ohio passed away on Thursday, July 30, 2020. Miriam was born June 8, 1928 in New York, NY.

Dr. Miriam "Mim" Rosenthal was a remarkable person. The youngest sibling of a prominent family in Mount Vernon New York where her father Jacob Bernstein was the city judge,she was raised in a culture honoring education, and culture including music. She was an excellent student who also loved the outdoors,summer camp and nature. Her mother and sister were excellent musicians as was Mim.

She attended Mount Holyoke College and then George Washington University school of Medicine where she was one of the top students and served in the coveted Osler Medical Service as an intern. She also trained in Internal Medicine at Peter Bent Brigham before beginning her psychiatric training at Case Western Reserve School of Medicine.

Dr Rosenthal, was a professor in the departments of psychiatry and reproductive biology at CWRU SOM and MacDonald Women’s Hospital for over 40 years and remained involved in department activities even after her retirement in 2003 as Professor Emeritus.

She was an early leader in the mental health of woman and a superb clinician and teacher. She trained hundreds of young physicians about the psychiatric issues in medically ill patients with a focus upon women's health. Dr. Rosenthal was responsible for co-creating the Behavioral Medicine Division of OBGYN at University Hospitals. A true pioneer in the field of Women’s Mental Health, she developed a model for integrating behavioral medicine and mental health care into a Women’s Health/OBGYN setting that has endured as a model for many other major academic centers. She published numerous articles in textbooks and medical journals.

Within the hospital and medical school Dr. Rosenthal (“Mim” to most of her colleagues) was a favorite mentor, teacher, supervisor to generations of medical students, residents and faculty in OBGYN and Psychiatry. She volunteered her time generously to both departments and across all the CWRU teaching hospitals. She chaired the MacDonald Hospital Ethics Committee for over 20 years until her retirement and continued to provide wise counsel in a gentle manner, long after she retired.

Her legacy is honored in Psychiatry by the annual Miriam Rosenthal Lecture on Women’s Health and Reproductive Medicine, and by an annual Miriam Rosenthal Prize for graduating medical students. Outside of Cleveland, Dr. Rosenthal had a strong national reputation as a pioneer and a leader in women’s mental health. She was particularly known for her leadership and expertise in the fields of reproductive medicine, menopause and perinatal mood disorders. She served on the board of trustees for the North American Menopause Society, was elected chair of the Mental Health Professional Group of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the ASRM. Beyond all her lifetime achievements and professional success, Mim was universally loved-there has never been a person who met her that didn’t instantly experience her genuine warmth and kindness. She was an eternal optimist, and always saw the best in everyone.

Her doctor husband, Melvin Rosenthal, formerly Medical Director of St. Luke's Hospital in Cleveland was a perfect partner who loved music and medicine as well. She leaves us with important memories, and life lessons that will always be with us. Her family grieves but celebrates their close relationship with her.

Mim is survived by her husband Melvin, also a beloved SOM emeritus from the Department of Internal Medicine. Her three children, also music lovers, are successful professionals. Jim is a well known attorney in Cleveland, Ann is an rheumatologist and Professor of Medicine at the Medical College of Wisconsin and Jeanne is a Vice President of Public Health and Epidemiology at a research company headquartered outside of Washington, DC. Mim has 5 grandchildren: Justin, Conner, Alison, Ellen and Sam.

No date for a memorial service has yet been scheduled.

Donations may be directed to the Miriam Rosenthal endowment fund at the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine. Please contact Julie Austin, Development Officer at CWRU SOM via email at “jsa26@cwru.edu.“

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.bkbmc.com for the Rosenthal family.

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Memories

Dr. Miriam Rosenthal

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Marge Fear

August 12, 2020

We will all miss Mim. She was so special, a kind and caring woman!

Rabbi Daniel Roberts

August 10, 2020

Thank You, Thank You... Mim. You were always there for me. You made me a better rabbi. Whenever I needed a voice to help in a program you never said no to me. Whenever I needed help on a project you were there for me. I cannot express how thankful I am to you. Thank you for blessing me and our congregation. Rabbi Dan Roberts

Mimi Lord

August 9, 2020

I knew Mim in a number of different capacities: as my doctor 30-some years ago, as a Cleveland Hts. neighbor, as a close collaborator in my own work, and as a dear friend. I can truly say that every meeting or encounter with Mim was special. She was a deep listener and always responded with wonderful insights and caring suggestions.
When my first child was a few months old I was struggling over the decision about returning to work, and I asked to meet with her. (I had been laser-focused on career prior to my baby's birth, and had planned to go back to work soon afterward.) When Mim and I met about it, I had a sheet of paper with my typed "Pros" and "Cons." Reasons to return to work included things such as money, prestige, continuity of career, etc. Reasons to stay with my baby included my doubts about finding a sufficiently loving caregiver, not wanting to miss my daughter's first words, her adorbable smiles, etc.
When I finished reading the lists to Mim, she paused briefly and said: "Mimi, you've done a neat job of listing these Pros and Cons, and I see that you have an equal number of valid items for both arguments. But the 'weight' of the two sides is NOT equal--what do you think?" At that, I burst into tears and said, "I KNOW---I want to stay home with Heather!! Thank you SO, SO MUCH for helping me figure this out." Those next few years, which also included the birth of our son, were the most meaningful of my life and I wouldn't trade them for anything.
I would be remiss not to mention Mel, because he also is among my special friends. I absolutely loved seeing how devoted they were to one another. While they are both renowned for their brilliance and contributions to the medical field, their deep caring for humankind, animal kind, and all of nature is unsurpassed. Lastly and delightfully, Mim and Mel always had a twinkle in their eyes and an eagerness to share a laugh. I will miss Mim greatly, and will continue to treasure Mel.

Doris Sopher

August 8, 2020

Dear Mel,
I was sorry to read of Mim's death. I send my condolences to you, Jim, Ann, and Jeanne. Our paths haven't crossed much in the past 20 years, but I have special memories of our friendship in our younger years. Hope you are well,
Dorie Sopher

Barbara Green

August 8, 2020

I feel privileged to have known Mim. We first met doing water aerobics, and I soon got to know her as a brilliant, kind, caring, and insightful friend.

Susan Landau Golden

August 7, 2020

Dear Jeanne and Ann,
May I share with you the reason why your piano lessons were always the last in my teaching day? Of course, you were delightful students, and as I’ve followed your growth over the years, it seems clear that your early promise is being well fulfilled. But here’s the other reason! After your lessons, I got to hang out with your remarkable mother!
As she lovingly prepared dinner, we kibitzed on such a wide range of topics. She was such an important friend and mentor for me. I was still an undergrad -- this in an era when women’s career choices were largely limited to “secretary, nurse or teacher.” Your mother was the only woman I knew well who modeled pursuing a world-changing kind of career (not to mention an active musical life) – all while juggling a beautiful marriage and raising three magnificent kids.
She was, indeed, a pioneering “Superwoman.”
I send you, Jim and Melvin my loving thoughts during this time of loss.

Susan Landau Golden

Betsy Adams

August 6, 2020

I was so sorry to hear of Mim's passing. She was so good to me when I was a teenager. I have fond memories of my stays at the house with everyone, and my school days with Ann.

Lots of love to all of the Rosenthal family.

Betsy Adams

Catherine Wells

August 4, 2020

Dr. Nancy Johnson who posted a memory earlier referred me to Dr. Rosenthal. I saw her for over 20 years. She was insightful, kind and always available to talk when I needed her. When she retired I missed her deeply. I still thought of her often and ran into her in the neighborhood. She was always willing to chat. I am sorry that she is no longer in this world. She will be missed by so many.

Nancy johnson

August 3, 2020

My very best friend since 1973 where we met at UH Ob/Gyn as young physicians. We spoke almost every day until her stroke and visited when she still remembered. I have those phone conversations in my memory. Missing you

Linda Botamer

August 3, 2020

I work with Dr Nancy Johnson so I was able to get to know Mim over the years. She was a beautiful person —-gentle and kind. I will miss her very much.

FROM THE FAMILY

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