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Rose Jeannette Papac ’49

Rose Jeannette Papac ’49, May 10, 2008, in Lewiston, Idaho. Rose attended Reed, and earned a BS in chemistry from Seattle University in 1949. She received an MD from St. Louis University School of Medicine in Missouri, and did her residency at Stanford University Hospital. She was the first American awarded a fellowship at the Chester Beatty Institute in London, and the first woman to achieve tenure in internal medicine at Yale University. She also completed fellowships at the Sloan-Kettering Institute in New York and the Cancer Research Institute in San Francisco. Her reputation as a brilliant oncologist was furthered by her great compassion as a physician. Rose worked at Yale for 40 years; retiring in 2006, in order to complete a comprehensive history of cancer treatments through the ages. She published and presented her work all over the world, though her favorite place remained her home in Connecticut. Survivors include two sisters and her brother.

Appeared in Reed magazine: August 2008

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