Rebecca E. Rieger



Died on December 7, 2012, age 91; burial was private. A celebration of her life and achievements will be held at 2:30 p.m. on April 13 at the Cosmos Club, 2121 Massachusetts Ave., NW.
Dr. Rieger was a prominent clinical psychologist. She began her career as a speech pathologist and later went on to get a PhD in Clinical Psychology at The Catholic University of America. She worked at Chestnut Lodge, the Children's Hospital Department of Psychiatry, the Washington School of Psychiatry, St. Elizabeth's Hospital, and other mental health centers in the area, and she taught at American University and George Washington University. In her later years, she gave presentations on advanced Rorschach psychological assessment methods in the United States and Europe and was a Fellow of the Society for Personality Assessment.
Dr. Rieger was also a gifted linguist. She spoke Yiddish as a child, majored in French as an undergraduate, studied Russian during World War II, and translated at meetings of the International Council of Archives, which her husband Morris Rieger attended as a leading US expert on African archives.
Dr. Rieger is survived by her sister Eve Bonner and brother-in-law Anthony Bonner; her nieces Hannah and Deborah Bonner, her nephew David Bonner, and their families; and several cousins.
Memorial contributions can be made to the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, 15 W. 16th St., New York, NY 10011-6301, to which Dr. Rieger and her mother before her were generous contributors, or to the Washington School of Psychiatry, 5028 Wisconsin Ave. Suite 400, Washington D.C. 20016-4118.

Published in The Washington Post on Feb. 10, 2013