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Luba Robin Goldsmith

A respected doctor and teacher of medicine, Luba Robin Goldsmith created a supportive environment for women who followed her into medicine. The first woman admitted to the medical school of the University of Pittsburgh, Goldsmith paid her way through school by working as an entomologist at the Carnegie Museum as well as a secretary and bookkeeper. After graduating in 1902, she did postgraduate work at the University of Pennsylvania and returned to Pittsburgh, where she opened a private practice and served as the city’s first chief tenement inspector, lobbying for the purification of city water. From 1915–1919, she was the medical advisor to female students at the University of Pittsburgh and then taught for several years in both their dental school and their school of education. She also taught courses on medical and social problems at what would later become Carnegie-Mellon. She served as national chair of the United States Public Health Advisory Committee and chair of the public health committee of the National Council of Jewish Women. After her death, the women she had taught and influenced created a scholarship in her name at the University of Pittsburgh.

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Date of Birth
January 17, 1879
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Jewish Women's Archive. "Luba Robin Goldsmith." (Viewed on March 23, 2019) <https://jwa.org/people/goldsmith-luba>.


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