Rose Beatrice Miller, class of 1931


In this interview, Rose Beatrice Miller discusses the reasons she attended Pembroke College, her graduate studies, and career in bacteriology. She recalls Deans Margaret Shove Morriss and Eva Mooar, and biology professor Magel Wilder, her sole female professor at Pembroke. Mikker also shared memories of sex and dating, attending Pembroke as a “city girl,” life during the Depression, and her work with Planned Parenthood.

Part 1

Part 1


Recorded on December 7, 1982
Interviewed by Rebecca G. Rothman

Suggested Chicago style citation: Miller, Rose Beatrice. Interview. By Rebecca G. Rothman. Pembroke Center Oral History Project, Brown University. December 7, 1982.


Rose Beatrice Miller was born in 1909 in Central Falls, Rhode Island. She earned her A.B. magna cum laude in 1931 and her A.M. in 1932, both from Pembroke College. She worked as a bacteriologist for the State of New York and for Truesdale Hospital in Fall River, Massachusetts. She was the first laboratory volunteer at Rhode Island Hospital and a volunteer at Planned Parenthood. With her husband, Aaron Roitman ’30, Miller had one son, James, and two daughters, Deborah and Barbara. Miller died on July 8, 1991.