Dr. Faina Varshavsky Rose, 55, an immunologist, died Dec. 15. She was a resident of Merion Station.
Born in Odessa, Ukraine, on Oct. 14, 1956, Rose attended Ukrainian-English Academic High School #9 in Odessa and Musical College in Brest, Byelorussia, graduating from both with distinction.
She was an accomplished pianist by the time she left Ukraine — a tradition she inherited from her father's family.
Rose immigrated to the United States in 1974. When she first came to Boston, she started at Lasell Junior College within weeks. She soon transferred to Boston University, where she excelled academically, earning a B.A. cum laude with distinction and an M.A. in biology in less than four years.
Moving to Philadelphia in 1978, Rose continued her education at the University of Pennsylvania, achieving a Ph.D. in immunology in 1986. She became a leading expert in mucosal immunity.
Over the years, Rose held research positions at Penn, Temple University and Cooper Medical Center, working in a wide range of endeavors in cutaneous malignancy and reproductive physiology. She then struck out on her own for more than 15 years as a consultant in the pharmaceutical industry, where she managed clinical trials in many areas of biological science. She is the author of multiple publications.
During her professional career, she was a member of the New York Academy of Sciences and the Drug Information Association.
Rose enjoyed hiking, traveling, attending cultural events, and spending time at the Jersey shore.
Rose is survived by her husband of 35 years, Lewis Rose; daughter Dorilona Rose; son Daron Rose; and two granddaughters.