Veronica Carstens

Veronica Carstens, nee Prior, ( born June 18, 1923 in Bielefeld, Westphalia Province; † January 25, 2012 in Bonn, North Rhine -Westphalia) was a German doctor and the wife of former German Federal President Karl Carstens.


Veronica Carstens was born as the youngest of four children of a Westphalian graduate engineer, graduated in Bielefeld her high school and then in 1941 in Westrup their compulsory labor service. In 1942, she began studying medicine at the Albert -Ludwigs- University of Freiburg, completed her Physikum and worked from 1944 to 1945 as a hospital nurse for the German Red Cross. In 1944 she married in Berlin- Tegel Karl Carstens, whom she had met in 1943. Temporarily she was a housewife, 1956, she continued her medical studies at the Rheinische Friedrich- Wilhelms-Universität Bonn. In 1960 she graduated in with State Examination and promotion. It was followed by an internal medicine training in city of Bonn.

In the early 1960s she co-founded the women's and family service in the Foreign Office. From 1960 to 1968 she worked as an assistant doctor in 1968 she founded in Meckenheim an internal medicine practice, primarily focused on homeopathy and alternative medicine. 1972 Veronica Carstens was elected to the presbytery of the Evangelical church Meckenheim.

In her role as the wife of the German President she appeared from 1979 to modest and disciplined and was patron of the German Multiple Sclerosis Society and the UNICEF Germany, the Mothers ' Convalescence and chairman of the German old-age assistance. In 1982, the couple Carstens Karl and Veronica Carstens -Stiftung, 1983, the funding for Community Erfahrungsheilkunde nature and medicine. Since 1992, Veronica Carstens was widowed. After they had retired from public life in 2009, she lived most recently in a sanatorium in Bonn.