Rose-Marie Oster

Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures; Graduate Studies and Research
Professor and Dean
Obituary

Dr. Rose-Marie Oster died on July 14, 2022, at the age of 88. She came to the University of Maryland in 1980 as Dean for Graduate Studies and Research and as a Professor in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures, after previously serving as a professor, Dean of the Graduate School, and Chair of the Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Professor Oster held a PhD from the University of Kiel in Germany, and an MA degree from the University of Stockholm in Sweden. Her research focused on Swedish literature, especially Swedish women writers, and on Icelandic Sagas. She was a dedicated and passionate teacher of Swedish language, literature, and culture, Old Norse, and immensely popular courses on Viking Sagas, Viking Culture and Civilization, and Germanic Mythology. Dr. Oster was the winner of the Philip Merrill Presidential Scholars award as Faculty Mentor of the year in 2012 and The American Scandinavian Foundation Translation prize of 1997. She also served as a trustee of the Board of the American Scandinavian Foundation, a Vice Chair of the Board of the Washington School of Psychiatry, and President of the American Scandinavian Association of the National Capital region. She retired from the University in 2017.

Rose-Marie Oster