We miss our wonderful, beloved wife, mother, sister, aunt, cousin, and friend Diane, who died suddenly of a stroke on June 14 at the Boston University Medical Center in Boston, Mass., shortly before her 54th birthday. Diane touched thousands of lives with her open and engaging, caring and fun character. Many viewed her as the social glue of their lives.
Diane lived in Woodstock for the last decade. She was born July 2, 1959 in New Haven, Conn., daughter of Leonard and Lillian Weiner.
She attended Hamden Hall School and Connecticut College. She received her B.A. from Boston University, M.A. from Stanford University, and Ph.D. from the University of California Los Angeles, specializing in medical anthropology. She was a pioneer in the study of diabetes and cancer in the Native American communities of southern California. She carried out research and taught at UCLA, the University of Arizona, UC Irvine, Cal State Long Beach, and Boston University Medical School, where she was an Assistant Professor of Medical Anthropology and Cross-cultural Practice in Graduate Medical Sciences. Diane received a number of substantial grants including ones from the CDC and the Live Strong Foundation, and she wrote and edited several works in anthropology. She served on multiple committees of the American Anthropology Association and on the governing board of the Native American Medical Association of California. She carried out research and worked among the Micmac of Maine, the Yaqui of Arizona, the Mashantucket Pequot of Connecticut, and especially the Pala, Pauma, La Jolla, and Rincon communities of Southern California.
Always generous to her friends and unassuming about her achievements, Diane also enjoyed hiking, reading, baking, gardening, and especially spending time with her husband and beloved daughter, her close-knit, extended family, many friends, and four dogs. Her door was always open and her home was lively. She will be greatly missed.
Diane is survived by her husband, James “J.R.” Rosenthal, her beloved daughter, Ramona Sky Rosenthal, her sister, Jan Lee Weiner, brother Robert Paul Weiner, and a large and loving extended family and circle of friends across the country.
For more information visit: www.dianeweiner.org
This obituary first appeared in the July 3, 2013 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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