Rosalie M. Berberian died on Feb. 8 at home in New Haven, Conn. She was 92.

She was born on April 16, 1927 in Lowell to the late Khachig and Hripsme Arabian Marzbanian. She married the late Karnig A. Berberian in 1954 and they ultimately settled in New Haven, where they raised their son, Aram D. Berberian.

In 1969 they fell in love with Menemsha, where they continued to spend summers in their small cottage, and Rosalie enjoyed beach-combing at the water’s edge.

Rosalie was fiercely independent and an early feminist. She had a love for learning which manifested itself in many ways. She earned post-graduate degrees from Yale University, where she was on the faculty at the School of Public Health and was engaged in research.

A pastime of frequenting tag sales and flea markets turned into a full-time occupation after she retired from Yale, when she and Karnig started ARK Antiques. Rosalie continued to do research as she collected and learned about American art pottery from the arts and crafts period. Eventually she became president of the American Art Pottery Association. ARK Antiques later became known as one of the leading authorities on American silver, jewelry and metalwork from the arts and crafts period.

She loved teaching and sharing and helped many clients develop their collections. A favorite activity was attending the annual arts and crafts conference held in Asheville, N.C., where she spoke and held numerous group discussion sessions. In this way, she touched and inspired many people. Later, she won a lifetime achievement award at the conference for her contributions to the field. When she was 91, her book, Creating Beauty was published which represented the culmination of her scholarship in the field of American Arts and Crafts metalwork. She was extraordinarily proud of the accomplishment.

In addition to her son and his wife, she is survived by three grandchildren.

In accordance with her wishes, there will be no funeral services.

Arrangements are under the care of Beecher & Bennett in Hamden.