Beatrice Mintz was born on Jan. 24, 1921, within the Bronx, the youngest of 4 youngsters. Her mother and father, Samuel and Janie (Stein) Mintz, had migrated first to London after which to New York from the small city of Mikulintsy, which was a part of Austrian Galicia and is now a part of Ukraine. In New York, her father labored for a time within the garment trade as a presser, ironing garments.
Beatrice, often known as Bea, skipped some grades at school and went to Hunter Faculty, the place she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in her junior 12 months. She was planning to review artwork historical past however then took a biology course, appreciated her instructor and have become so intrigued with the topic that she majored in it. She graduated magna cum laude in 1941. She studied for a 12 months at New York College, then did her graduate work on the College of Iowa, the place she earned her grasp’s diploma in 1944 and a doctorate in 1946.
Her first job was as an teacher within the division of organic sciences on the College of Chicago from 1946 to 1960. Throughout that point, she studied in France on a Fulbright fellowship. However she most popular doing fundamental analysis to educating and in 1960 transferred to Fox Chase, the place she remained on the college till her loss of life. She additionally served as an adjunct professor on the College of Pennsylvania.
She had no instant survivors. Mr. Spallone, her executor, mentioned in an interview that she left her property to analysis organizations.
Dr. Mintz remained an artwork fanatic. Whereas in France, she purchased a number of signed Picasso prints and hung them in her properties (she had two residences, one near her lab). She additionally wrote poetry, largely about mice, however felt the poems weren’t ok for public consumption, so she stored them in a desk drawer.
She had one in all her first “multi-mice” stuffed by a taxidermist, as a sort of trophy. However the taxidermist had put it in a stalking pose that she felt was unnatural. It additionally went right into a desk drawer.