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Rose Meyer Bromwich

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February 21, 1923 - October 14, 2015 Rose Meyer Bromwich died from complications of Alzheimer's on October 14, in Plantsville, Connecticut. She was born Rose Meyer in Frankfurt au main, Germany, in 1923, and lived there for the first ten years of her life. In 1933, in response to the rise of the Nazis, she and her family moved to France, and then, in 1938, to the US. Her family settled in the San Fernando Valley, northwest of Los Angeles, where she remained for the next 66 years, until she moved to Connecticut in 2004. Mrs. Bromwich attended public high schools in the Los Angeles area and attended UCLA, where she received her bachelor's degree in 1946. She worked at nursery schools in Ohio and Texas before becoming teacher-director of the John Tracy Clinic in LA from 1948 to 1950. She served in 1950 and 1951 as an instructor at the Yale University School of Nursing in Pediatrics. Mrs. Bromwich received her EdD in 1967, from UCLA, with a dissertation on the sources of creativity in young children. In the 1960s, she joined the faculty of the School of Education at California State University, Northridge (formerly San Fernando Valley State College). She taught courses, supervised advanced degree students, and published steadily over the next three decades in the field of early childhood education and child guidance. In the mid- and late 1960s, she worked in and directed programs that focused on the special educational needs of underprivileged children in minority communities. In 1972, Mrs. Bromwich began consulting for, and later became the director of, an infant studies program in the UCLA School of Medicine. This program focused on high-risk infants born to emotionally troubled parents and families with a background of substance abuse. In 1981, she published Working with Parents and Infants, a pioneering work in the field, which summarized the lessons to be drawn from her approach to at-risk infants and their families. A unique feature of this study was its method for evaluating the progress of interaction between parents and infants. In 1997, she published a second edition of the book, under the title Working with Families and Their Infants at Risk: A Perspective After 20 Years of Experience. Though she was the least intrusive of therapists, according to her co-workers, she could hardly see a small child on a street or playground without stopping to look and feeling a lift of her spirits. In 1950, she married Leo Bromwich, an attorney and later a professor of public policy, a marriage that lasted until his death in 2010. She is survived by two sons -- David, of North Haven, Connecticut, and Michael, of Washington D.C. -- and by five grandchildren.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Oct. 30 to Nov. 1, 2015
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