Veronica with Karl Carstens, 1949
|First Lady of Germany|
1 July 1979 – 30 June 1984
|Preceded by||Mildred Scheel|
|Succeeded by||Marianne von Weizsäcker|
18 June 1923
Bielefeld, Weimar Republic
|Died||25 January 2012 (aged 88)|
|Spouse(s)||Karl Carstens (1944–1992, his death)|
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She began medical studies in 1941, which she interrupted during the war to work as a nurse. In 1944 she married at Berlin-Tegel Karl Carstens, whom she had met the year before. Temporarily she was a housewife. In 1956 she continued her medical studies, graduating in 1960.
Carstens was by profession a doctor of medicine, and she maintained her practice throughout her husband's tenure as president. She was a strong advocate of naturopathy and homeopathy, and in 1982 the Carstens established the Carstens-Foundation (Carstens-Stiftung) – a major funder of alternative medicine research in Europe. She was an honorary member of the Order of Saint John (Bailiwick of Brandenburg).
She was widowed in 1992. After she had retired from public life in 2009, she lived in a sanitarium in Bonn.
- Frau von Ex-Bundespräsident Carstens tot Bild, 25 January 2012 (German)
- Was macht eigentlich Veronica Carstens?Stern, 21 April 2005 (German)
- Dr. Veronica Carstens ist gestorben Rheinische Post, 25 January 2012 (German)
- Obituary (by Albrecht von Cossel) for "Frau Dr. Veronica Carstens" in Johanniterorden for March, 2012, page 18. The Order, unlike the parallel Roman Catholic and Anglican organizations, maintains the tradition of its mediaeval origin in admitting only men as full members.
- Carstens-Stiftung official website (German)
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