The Scholarly Legacy of

Richard E. Weisberg (1943-2011)

~ Medicine in Art in Nineteenth-Century France ~

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Richard Edward Weisberg (1943-2011) was a lifetime resident of New York City.  In the 1980s, after getting his teaching career well underway with two masters degrees in the 1960s and 1970s, Richard pursued doctoral studies in French history while continuing to work full-time as a devoted teacher and principal in the New York City school system.  Among his many contributions during more than four decades in public education, he was the founding principal of The Cobble Hill School of American Studies in Brooklyn, supported in part by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

 

Richard earned his B.A. in History from the City College of New York in 1963, followed by the M. A. in History from New York University in 1968 and a Professional Diploma and M. S. in Education Administration from Pace University in 1975.  He was awarded the Ph.D. in history by New York University in 1995 for his dissertation, “The Representation of Doctors at Work in Salon Art of the Early Third Republic in France.”  He also published curriculum guides to global studies and advanced placement courses in European history.  His research on medical imagery in French art began in 1987 in a course and culminated in his dissertation, for which he used materials in libraries and archives in Paris and Oxford during several research trips abroad.  Closer to home, he worked happily in the collections of Bobst Library of NYU, the Frick Collection Library, the Institute of Fine Arts of NYU, the New York Academy of Medicine Library, the New York Public Library, and the Princeton University Library.    

 



Richard Weisberg and Kathryn Annette Clark


Bert Hansen and Richard Weisberg in 1997



About a year before his death, Richard began collaborating with Bert Hansen on a coauthored scholarly article, using some of the research undertaken for the dissertation.  This study analyzes Louis Pasteur’s personal involvement in the Parisian art world.  Bert Hansen has completed that article for publication in The Bulletin of the History of Medicine and expanded the research into two additional articles for the Journal of Medical Biography.

Memorial book fund at the Frick

Because the Frick Art Reference Library in New York City was a precious resource for Richard Weisberg's research and a place where he always felt at home, a book purchase fund has been established in his memory by his wife Kathryn Annette Clark to aid scholars and students for years to come.  Anyone wishing to add to the Richard E. Weisberg Book Fund may send a tax-deductible contribution to The Development Office, The Frick Collection at 1 East 70th Street, New York, NY 10021.  Please direct any inquiries about the Fund to The Andrew W. Mellon Chief Librarian at the Frick Art Reference Library, 10 East 71st Street, New York, NY 10021.


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