Elisabeth Rosenthal (SHS 1974)

JOURNALIST, PHYSICIAN

“I only took the regular course” said the Mock Turtle, “Reeling and Writhing, of course, to begin with. Then see the different branches of Arithmetic—Ambition, Distraction, Uglification and Derision.” Elisabeth, “Libby” Rosenthal found writing at Scarsdale High School a delight (see above or at least see one of her most challenging At Harvard College she did exceptionally well in a variety of subjects including the humanities and the sciences, going to Harvard Medical School
and then working in the emergency room In the end, she questioned the logic of having two fulltime jobs and a family and resigned from the hospital in 1994.

In 1998, Libby was assigned to the China desk by the New York Times. From that perspective she wrote long, detailed and thoughtful pieces on SARS and AIDS.
and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. She had the same dream and suffered the same outcome a few years later, only by then she had little to prove as a journalist or a scholar. Her essays or the OP Ed Page drew a strong readership and her present writing on Global/Environmental issues is drawing readers a generation younger than those who learned from Libby on medicine and China.