Ludwig Litten was born in Jastrow, Poland on June 2, 1898. He received his medical degree in Munich in 1922 and did further training in obstetrics and gynecology in Berlin. After fleeing Germany in the late 1940s, he and his wife Melanie found refuge in Shanghai, where Dr. Litten set up a medical practice and he and his wife had two daughters.
Following Chiang Kai-shek’s Nationalist Party takeover in China, the Litten family came to the United States in 1949. On Alexander Street in Rochester, Dr. Litten once again opened up an obstetrics and gynecology practice, affiliating with Strong Memorial Hospital’s obstetrics and gynecology department, and only partially retired in his late 70s, having practiced in Rochester for 24 years.
His daughter Suzan Litten remembered him as “continuing to work relentlessly during his senior citizen years,” and being dedicated towards his “work of helping humanity.” Dr. Litten died on November 16, 1975.