Rosetta Sherwood Hall

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Rosetta Sherwood Hall (born Liberty, Sullivan County, New York; September 19, 1865, died 1951) was a medical missionary and educator. She lost her U.S. citizenship when she married a Canadian. Dr. Hall spent forty-four years in Korea, helping develop educational resources for the handicapped and implementing women's medical training.

In 1894, she initiated the teaching of sight-impaired people in Korea by teaching a blind girl, using a modification of Braille that she had developed. In 1909, she established a school for people with hearing impairments. She founded the Pyongyang School for the Deaf and Blind. Along with two Korean doctors, she founded the Chosun Women's Medical Training Institute in 1928, with the goal of eventually elevating it to a Women's Medical School. Today, this institute has become Korea University College of Medicine in Seoul. She was also responsible for getting or helping get other institutions of higher learning established. In 1933 she left Korea.


  • Hall, Rosetta S. (1906) "The Clocke class for blind girls," Korea Mission Field 2 (No.9, July) 175-76.
  • Hall, Rosetta Sherwood, ed. (1990) Life of Rev. William James Hall: Medical Missionary to the Slums of New York, Pioneer Missionary to Pyong Yang, Korea; Introduction by Willard F. Mallalieu.