Obituaries

Ingeborg Syllm-Rapoport, 104, Germany’s oldest doctorate recipient

Mrs. Syllm-Rapoport received her degree in 2015. She had been prevented from defending her thesis by the Nazis’ race laws in the 1930s.
BODO MARKS/European pressphoto agency/file 2015
Dr. Syllm-Rapoport received her degree in 2015. She had been prevented from defending her thesis by the Nazis’ race laws in the 1930s.

BERLIN — Ingeborg Syllm-Rapoport, who became Germany’s oldest recipient of a doctorate almost 80 years after fleeing the Nazis, has died. She was 104.

A specialist in newborn care, Dr. Syllm-Rapoport was widely cheered when she passed her oral exam at the University of Hamburg with flying colors at the age of 102 in 2015.

Dr. Syllm-Rapoport, who was part-Jewish, moved to the United States in 1938 after being prevented from defending her doctoral thesis by the Nazis’ race laws.

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She finished her degree in Philadelphia and returned to Berlin in 1952, becoming the first head of neonatology at East Germany’s prestigious Charite hospital.

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Tom Rapoport said Monday his mother died Thursday in Berlin.

She leaves four children, nine grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.

A funeral is planned in Berlin on May 12.