Zena Stein, 99, dies; A researcher defended women's health

The couple had helped draft guidelines for health care in South Africa’s Freedom Charter, the 1955 statement of principle of the ANC and ...


The couple had helped draft guidelines for health care in South Africa’s Freedom Charter, the 1955 statement of principle of the ANC and its allies.

Dr Stein and Dr Susser, along with their three children, immigrated to Britain in 1956. They first lived in boarding houses and worried about money; Dr Stein worked nights in a mental hospital. After a year, Dr Susser found work at the University of Manchester, and Dr Stein followed suit; She was a researcher there from 1959 to 1965, focusing, among other things, on intellectual disability.

The family moved to the United States in 1965, and Dr. Susser soon received a job offer from Columbia University. Dr Stein also began teaching there, first as an Associate Professor of Epidemiology, then obtained a full professor position and held administrative positions in what is now the Mailman School of Public Health. His work included research on developmental disorders in children.

She and Dr Susser were founding members of Columbia’s Gertrude H. Sergievsky Center, who originally studied disorders of the nervous system.

In 1987, she co-founded the HIV Center for Clinical and Behavioral Studies at the New York State Institute of Psychiatry and Columbia University. The center embarked on the first major effort to draw attention to women living with AIDS. It is now one of the largest such centers in the world, employing around 100 researchers and staff in the study of HIV using different disciplines including psychology, psychiatry, public health, anthropology, sociology and social work.

Dr Stein has retained his South African roots, corresponding with Nelson Mandela, returning to his home country for lectures and speaking out for racial equity in the post-apartheid era.

After retiring from full-time work in 2003, she continued to write articles with her husband, daughter, son and other researchers. Dr Susser deceased in 2014. In addition to their daughter and son, Dr. Stein is survived by another daughter, Ruth King; his brother, Wilfred Stein; eight grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

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