About the Curator: Rainer M. Engel, MD
Curator 1993 – 2011
I was born the third of nine children in 1933 in a small town outside of Cologne, Germany. My early years were heavily influenced by World War II—bombings, troops marching through our city and bodies in the street—which left an indelible impression on me. After grammar school, I went to the Gymnasium in our town where I had the pleasure of learning Latin and Greek, subjects that I did not particularly care for. The one subject, ironically, that I truly loathed was history: a quagmire of dates and names which seemed to be totally unrelated to each other yet had to be memorized and spouted forth on command. My father was a teacher at this school, so he knew about my achievements—both positive and negative—long before classes were over and "discussed" them with me after school.
I decided to study medicine—with all of its Latin and Greek—after entertaining dreams of becoming an architect or sculptor. No one thing led me to become a doctor, but family friend-physicians and fond