Beatrix Hamburg, "who after breaking racial barriers at two major colleges became an important researcher in child development and psychology, working on subjects like school violence and peer counseling for students," died on April 15, the New York Times reported. She was 94. Dr. Hamburg "was the first self-identifying black woman to graduate from Vassar College, in 1944, and in 1948 she became the first black woman to graduate from the Yale Medical School," the Times noted.
Dr. Hamburg's research focused on young people and the importance of examining their needs and psychological development in the modern age. Her books include Learning to Live Together: Preventing Hatred and Violence in Child and Adolescent Development (co-authored with David Hamburg, 2004); as well as Violence in American Schools: A New Perspective, which she co-edited with Delbert S. Elliott and Kirk R. Williams (1998), and School-Age Pregnancy and Parenthood: Biosocial Dimensions, co-edited with Jane B. Lancaster.