Dr. Jacqueline Rose Hott, 91, died peacefully, surrounded by her family, on Nov. 24. She was born in Jersey City, NJ, to Morris and Ida Rose, Russian-Jewish immigrants who arrived in the U.S. in 1910.
Dr. Hott was the original independent professional woman. She kept up her demanding sex therapy and psychotherapy practice right up to the end. Retirement was a dirty word. Working six days a week, 10 to 12 hours a day, without much sleep or food, was typical for her. If she could have died in her office just after seeing a patient, she would have preferred that.
She graduated from the William L. Dickinson High School in Jersey City as valedictorian in 1941, and obtained a full scholarship to the New Jersey College for women, now Rutgers University. In 1943, she entered the Nurse Cadet Corps at Bellevue Hospital.
In 1946, she became a clinical instructor in psychiatric nursing at the NYU Medical School, which led to her professional career as professor and dean at Adelphi University, then executive director of the Mid-Atlantic Regional Nurses Association. She was the author of books and articles too numerous to mention, and maintained a dual sex-therapy practice with her husband, Dr. Louis R. Hott, until he passed away in 1980. Along the way, she found time to be a president of Hadassah and the Sisterhood of the Great Neck Synagogue, Cub Scout Den Mother, Girl Scout leader, Broadway enthusiast and an avid reader.
She is survived by her four children, Timothy Hott (Sandra), Lawrence Hott (Diane Garey), Sue Hott (Michael Kennelly) and Rachel Hott (Steven Leeds), 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
The funeral was held at Sinai Chapels in Fresh Meadows on Sunday, Nov. 27, and burial took place at Wellwood Cemetery in Farmingdale. Donations may be made to the Great Neck Synagogue, 26 Old Mill Rd., Great Neck, NY 11023, or the charity of your choice.