Beate Wilder-Smith

Beate Wilder-Smith

September 17, 1928 ~ January 19, 2015

Beate Wilder-Smith was born in Breslau, Germany, the second of three daughters (Rosemarie, Beate, Christiane) of Reverend and Mrs Wilhelm and Erna Gottwaldt. She studied music at Frankfurt University (Germany) and Geneva University (Switzerland), where she also majored in French. In 1949 Beate married Prof A.E. Wilder-Smith, who, in addition to developing new drugs for conditions such as cancer, leprosy and TB, was a scientist and lecturer on creationism and scientific alternatives to evolution, as well as advisor to NATO and others on drug abuse. Three sons and a daughter were born in Germany, USA, Norway and Switzerland respectively. The family moved 23 times - often to different countries. Because the children's schooling was so often interrupted by these moves, Beate acted as perennial tutor for the family in a wide range of subjects. In addition, she taught music history and theory, choir and orchestra at schools all over the world. Beate helped her husband to write his many books, and translated several of them - as well as other authors' books - into German. Over a period of 15 years, Beate and AEWS had a profound Christian influence on secular University campuses through their 'Pro Universitate' seminars, featuring innovative multidisciplinary courses on Creationism, Bible and Science. Their home in Switzerland often served as a pre- or post-retreat center for participants to continue conversations and Beate was the ever-gracious organizer and hostess of these informal - sometimes large - gatherings. After her children left home for Universities abroad, she accompanied her husband on his lecture tours all over the world, often partnering with him in personal and family counseling. All 4 children are now Professors in their respective Medical Fields at International Universities (Oliver and Elly, Petra and Marc, Clive and Luzia, Einar and Annelies). Her 5 grandchildren were her pride and joy (Jonathan, Adrian, Leif, Annika and Kirsten). Over the past 20 years, she has lived in California with her daughter and son-in-law's family. As a part of her strong relationship with Mariner's Christian School, she regularly shared perspectives on war - particularly WW2 - with students and staff there. She wrote one book of her own 'The Day Nazi Germany Died', (published by 'The Word for Today'), telling the story of her family's flight from the Russians at the end of WW2, and their Odyssey to Frankfurt - an inspiring tale of faith and survival during a time of terror and tragedy. The memorial service is at St Margaret’s Episcopal Church, 31641 La Novia Avenue, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675; Tel: (949) 661-0108. Link to map and directions Service times: January 24 (Saturday) start at 12.00, after the service there will be refreshments and a time for sharing. For those of you not able to attend the service, the service will be webcasted live Saturday, January 24, 2015 from 12.00 (PST) via the following Skype link: Petra Wilder-Smith. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to New Life Beginnings,

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  1. Carolyn Johnson January 21, 2015 at 5:14 pm - Reply

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  2. Laurie Newman January 21, 2015 at 6:06 pm - Reply

    I am so sorry for your loss and will remember Beate’s smiling face forever. Laurie Newman

  3. C. Wilson January 21, 2015 at 6:53 pm - Reply

    Happy childhood memories at Kentwood. With love. Lynette & Charlotte

  4. Petra Wilder-Smith January 21, 2015 at 9:58 pm - Reply

    thank you for the beautiful photo- wonderful memories!

  5. Petra Wilder-Smith January 21, 2015 at 9:58 pm - Reply

    Thank you for all of your kindness to her!

  6. Petra Wilder-Smith January 21, 2015 at 9:59 pm - Reply

    Charlotte- thank you for calling. It was so good to hear your voice

  7. Patrick Smith January 21, 2015 at 10:03 pm - Reply

    Lit a candle in memory of Beate Wilder-Smith

  8. Erwin and Irene Groebli January 22, 2015 at 1:08 am - Reply

    The streetchildren of Baan Nok Kamin in Thailand thank you so much!
    Erwin and Irene Groebli-Schmid

  9. brigitte keune January 22, 2015 at 1:36 am - Reply

    Frau Wilder-Smith war eine besondere Frau. Ihre Freundlichkeit, Liebe,Hilfsbereitschaft, Mitgefühl waren außergewöhnlich. Mit Achtung und Liebe denke ich an sie, die mein Leben maßgeblich geprägt hat und immer ein großes Vorbild im Glauben und Leben für mich war. Brigitte Keune, Berlin

  10. Johannes Kiuntke January 22, 2015 at 4:56 am - Reply

    Ihr Lieben,
    ich grüße Euch herzlich und wünsche Euch zum Abschied von Beate ganz viel Kraft und Trost. Ich bin ihr jüngster Cousin und erinnere mich an Begegnungen in Einigen/Thun (ihr Käsefondue!) , aber auch damals bei uns im Siegerland. Ich habe mich gefreut, dass sie immer noch teilgenommen hat an meinem/unserem Ergehen.
    Mit ganz lieben Grüßen
    Johannes Kiuntke

  11. Marcel Gerbert January 22, 2015 at 7:37 am - Reply

    Lieber Clive & Familie,
    in Gedanken bin ich nahe bei euch und wünsche euch viel Kraft und Zuversicht nach dem schmerzlichen Verlust euerer lieben und geliebten Mama.
    Ich werde euere Mama immer in sehr liebevollem Gedenken halten und dankbar sein für ihre Güte und Warmherzigkeit, die ich erfahren durfte.

    In herzlicher Verbundenheit
    Marcel Gerbert mit Uschi, Chiara und Géraldine

  12. Markus J. Widmann January 22, 2015 at 11:46 am - Reply

    Ihr Lieben,

    wir sind sehr traurig über den Verlust unsere lieben Tante Beate.
    Ihr warmherziges und liebes Wesen wir uns auch weiterhin in der Erinnerung begleiten.
    Seit unserer Kindheit war sie für uns immer eine wichtige Bezugsperson die unsere Entwicklung liebevoll begleitet hat.

    Alles Liebe
    Markus, Lisa und Lukas Widmann

  13. Aad and Frances van Halem January 22, 2015 at 11:53 am - Reply

    Dear Einar and Annelies,

    We received your mail of 20.1. and are sad to hear that Einar’s mother deceased after a long period of suffering from mal- function of her lungs and general weakness. Her faith, her discipline, love for her family and many academic interests set an example for her children and made it possible that all of them became authorities in their respective medical professions.
    It was an answer to our prayers that Einar still saw her alive after an urgent flight from Singapore. Together with Petra and family, he comforted his mother during the last hours of her life before Beate passed away and went to her Lord and Master.
    It was an honor to us that we came to know Beate thru Einar, our son-in-law and Annelies.
    We convey our condolences to you, Einar’s brothers and sister and their families.

    Your parents, and father- and mother-in-law.

    Aad and Frances van Halem

  14. Hope Simmonds January 22, 2015 at 2:37 pm - Reply

    A beautiful and talented Lady.

    Her contributions of love and intellectual endeavors .given so freely;…enriching her family and those who surrounded her, as well as her remarkable devotion to her husband , will ..never to be forgotten..but remembered ALWAYS.

    Blessings to all,


  15. Todd Perkins January 22, 2015 at 2:47 pm - Reply

    Beate was a blessing to all of us fortunate enough to know her. The world is a sadder place without her but the legacy she leaves through all the lives she touched will endure.

    With love for Beate and her family,

    Todd Perkins

  16. Martin and Janet Dibben January 22, 2015 at 6:19 pm - Reply

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  17. George Caylor January 22, 2015 at 6:22 pm - Reply

    Dear Clive,
    My condolences to you and your sweet family on losing your Mother. It was a life well-lived and she gave birth to and raised two of my favorite men.
    If you’re in Virginia, JoAnne and I would love to see you.
    Your friend,
    George Caylor

  18. Daniela von Gemmingen January 22, 2015 at 6:31 pm - Reply

    Lieber Clive, liebe Luzia,

    mit großer Trauer haben wir vom Ableben Eurer lieben Mutter erfahren.
    Tiefe Anteilnahme und aufrichtiges Beileid begleitet Euch mit uns .
    Wir haben sie sehr geliebt und in unseren Herzen wird sie immer weiterleben…

    Viel Kraft und Stärke wünschen wir Euch !

    Herzliche Grüße von Daniela mit Familie

  19. Rev. Gary and Denise Yoder January 22, 2015 at 6:35 pm - Reply

    We only had one opportunity to meet Beate in Cape Town many years ago, but remember her warm and caring personality. We were blessed to have met this dear and precious lady whose life has touched so many. Reverend Gary and Denise Yoder

  20. MaryLois Kuhn January 22, 2015 at 10:20 pm - Reply

    Some people pass through your life and it is difficult to recall where or when you met them. I was fortunate to have Beate as one of those who touched, not only my life, but my heart and I will forever be a better person for that.

    MaryLois Kuhn

  21. Annika January 23, 2015 at 4:33 am - Reply

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  22. Martin Dibben January 23, 2015 at 4:55 am - Reply

    Flowers to brighten the house in California as you remember your Mother who has welcomed me and many others into the Wilder-Smith house in Einigen, always with kindness, care and understanding. The first of many visits was nearly 40 years ago as a teenage friend of Einar, where meals were served, grace said and when finished we all shared in the ritual of mint tea and washing up.
    There would often be a discussion in the room, where the Professor (AE) would take the lead, but you would have Beate in quietly spoken German (that I did not understand) correcting or advising the Professor on something said, as a loyal, caring wife and a partner in life. We trust they can now be together again.

  23. Judy Lewis January 23, 2015 at 11:07 am - Reply

    She was an all time Christian hero. It was such a pleasure meeting her at church. Judy

  24. Sue Suh January 23, 2015 at 11:30 am - Reply

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  25. Sue Suh January 23, 2015 at 11:31 am - Reply

    Beat was a caring, loving, and always welcoming friend.
    I will miss our lunch dates to Pascal.

  26. Perry Sherman January 23, 2015 at 11:42 am - Reply

    Sorry to hear about your loss, Petra. Thank you for inviting me, I appreciate you and your family so much. You’ve meant so much to me and have had a great impacted on my life. Beate was an amazing woman with an amazing life, modeling living for Christ with her life, the way she lived and loved others and supported her husband and family, the sacrifices she made, and her deep and mature faith, just to name a few. I am thankful I had the privilege of “catching” how to live, in a way, from her. I am sorry I will miss the memorial service, I wish I could be there.

    Perry Sherman

  27. Andrea Scholler January 23, 2015 at 11:59 am - Reply

    Liebe Petra, liebe Marc und alle anderen der großen Wilder-Smith-Family. Wir sind sehr traurig über die Nachricht, dass Beate nun heimgerufen wurde und besonders meine Mutter Viola wird die Gespräche über Kontinente und einen Ozean hinweg vermissen.
    Wir wünschen Euch für diese schweren Tage viel Kraft und Trost. Gerne würden wir Beate auf ihrem letzten Weg begleiten!
    In Erinnerung an die schönen Tage bei Euch in Kalifornien, möchten wir Euch dieses Bild schicken. Wir haben Sie sehr geliebt.
    Viola Scholler und Andrea, Petra und Damaris.

  28. Stephanie Seiman January 23, 2015 at 12:10 pm - Reply

    I would like to express my condolences to you and your family in this difficult time. Beate was such a beautiful soul, I still remember her genuine kindness and warmness whenever we met and I will never forget it! She is now in heaven and is free from all of pain and suffering.I will be keeping you in my prayers. With much love,

    Stephanie Seimann

  29. Jürg Frei January 23, 2015 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    Wohl dem, dessen Hilfe der Gott Jakobs ist,
    der seine Hoffnung setzt auf den HERRN, seinen Gott,
    der Himmel und Erde gemacht hat,
    das Meer und alles, was darinnen ist; der Treue hält ewiglich (Psalm 146)

    In glücklicher Erinnerung an die wertvollen Zeiten in Einigen, und andere gemeinsame Weg Stücke. Gelebte Familie, Gastfreundschaft, liebevoller Umgang mit Menschen, Weisheit in grossen Fragen,
    reich erfülltes Leben mit immer neuer Hoffnung

    in herzlicher Anteilnahme

    Jürg und Michèle Frei mit Kindern

  30. Juerg Frey January 23, 2015 at 1:39 pm - Reply

    Lieber Einar und Annelies

    Herzliche Anteilnahme

    Wohl dem, dessen Hilfe der Gott Jakobs ist,
    der seine Hoffnung setzt auf den HERRN, seinen Gott,
    der Himmel und Erde gemacht hat,
    das Meer und alles, was darinnen ist; der Treue hält ewiglich (Psalm 146)

    In glücklicher Erinnerung an die wertvollen Zeiten in Einigen, und andere gemeinsame Weg Stücke. Gelebte Familie, Gastfreundschaft, liebevoller Umgang mit Menschen, Weisheit in grossen Fragen,
    reich erfülltes Leben mit immer neuer Hoffnung

    in herzlicher Anteilnahme

    Jürg und Michèle Frei mit Kindern

  31. Cathy Rich January 23, 2015 at 2:02 pm - Reply

    I will forever cherish my relationship with Beate, who exemplified the sweet fragrance of Christ to so many. She was, indeed, an ambassador of Jesus Christ imploring all who heard her or read her books to be reconciled to God. Even though her labor on earth has been completed, I pray that her testimony continues on as a legacy of God’s truth and peace to many.

    On behalf of the Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa family and the staff at The Word For Today, we extend our deepest condolences to Beate’s family and friends and we pray for God’s comfort to uphold you and strengthen you in your time of loss.

    Cathy Rich
    The Word For Today

  32. Donald McConnell January 23, 2015 at 8:51 pm - Reply

    Our thoughts and prayers are with all of Beate’s family. I have seen Beate many times, but a few particular things come to mind. I remember having hamburgers with Beate and Dr. Wilder-Smith at Russell’s in Long Beach, and a number of other places. We all loved eating American hamburgers together. I also remember many discussions with her about history and current events. Beate will be missed.

    Donald McConnell and Julia McConnell

  33. Coralie Williams January 24, 2015 at 5:36 am - Reply

    My thoughts are with all the Allmeroths and Wilder-Smiths today, I had hoped to find a photo of Beate from the ’70s when I first met her, and how I will always remember her. Sadly house moves etc. Mean that I cannot put my hand on one. But she was always welcoming, and made many a holiday very special. My love and condolences to you all.

  34. Irene Moser January 24, 2015 at 3:29 pm - Reply

    Der Gedanke, dass Beate, Eure liebe Mutti und Grossmutti, nicht mehr unter uns ist, erfüllt mich mit Traurigkeit. Ich fühle mit Euch in diesen Stunden des Abschieds. Aber wir werden sie wieder sehen beim Herrn. Ein tröstlicher Gedanke.

    Die vielen Begegnungen im Lauf der Jahre seit 1980 wecken in mir unzählige Erinnerungen. Es waren lauter Lichtblicke, freudige Momente, Ermutigungen, warmherzige Offenheit, herzliche Anteilnahme, die mir da entgegen kamen. Sie war mir eine grosse Bereicherung. Nur wenige Menschen sind, wie sie war. Ich fühle mich geehrt, sie kennen gelernt zu haben. Sie hinterlässt Segensspuren. Ich werde sie für immer in meinem Herzen behalten. „Der Geist spricht, daß sie ruhen von ihrer Arbeit; denn ihre Werke folgen ihnen nach“ (Off. 14,13). Ich wünsche Euch allen viel Trost.

    Irene Moser, Münsingen, Schweiz

    Meine letzte Begegnung mit Beate im Juli 2010 in Grindelwald (Bild)

  35. Irene Moser January 24, 2015 at 3:33 pm - Reply

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  36. Michael Widmann January 24, 2015 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    Liebe Cousinen und Cousins,

    wussten wir doch um das schon länger währende Leiden Eurer Mutter, so traf uns die Nachricht von ihrem Tode nun doch völlig unvorbereitet. Wir sind sehr traurig und fühlen mit Euch und Euren Familien.

    Mit großem Interesse haben wir stets verfolgt, wie Euch Wilder-Smithens das Leben immer wieder an die unterschiedlichsten Plätze dieser Erde geführt hat. Dabei werden uns die gemeinsamen Stunden in Eurem schönen Zuhause in der Schweiz auf ewig unvergessen bleiben. Tante Beate würde bestimmt wollen, dass wir einander nicht aus den Augen verlieren.

    Seid umarmt

    Michael und Astrid

  37. Ruth Kobayashi January 24, 2015 at 6:50 pm - Reply

    Beate blessed the students and parents at Mariners Christian School by years of volunteering in the library, and sharing her story of World War II and her faith. She was a gift to so many. I am so glad that Kelly and I were blessed to know her.

  38. Angelika Ehrenberger January 25, 2015 at 2:51 pm - Reply

    Lit a candle in memory of Beate Wilder-Smith

  39. Markus Friedli January 26, 2015 at 10:37 pm - Reply

    Dear Annelies and Einar
    Dear Family

    With deep regret I send you my deep condolences for the loss of your beloved mother.

    I wish you for this difficult time of morning a lot of strengths and my the Lord help you to overcome the sadness.

    Standing with you in my prayers I send you warm regards from Grindelwald!

    Markus Friedli
    Architekt HTL/STV / Architect HTL/STV
    Eidg. dipl. Immobilien-Treuhänder SVIT / Fed. Dipl. Real Estate Agent SVIT

  40. Thomas Cornel January 26, 2015 at 10:46 pm - Reply

    Ihr Lieben,

    ich habe vorhin von meiner Mutter erfahren, dass eure liebe Mutter in der vergangenen Nacht verstorben ist. Ich wünsche euch viel Kraft in der Trauer und den Trost der Gewissheit, dass sie jetzt bei unserem Herrn Jesus ist, der sie mit seinem Blut teuer erkauft und ihr Leben nun vollendet hat.

    In herzlicher Verbundenheit grüßt euch und eure Familien

    “Ich bin die Auferstehung und das Leben. Wer an mich glaubt, der wird leben, auch wenn er stirbt.” (Joh 11,25)

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