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Rosa G. de Pena

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Rosa G. de Pena Rosa G. de Pena, a retired Penn State professor, died in her sleep on Wednesday, November 13 at the Hearth-side nursing facility. She was born Rosa Gotzulsky in 1921 in a small village in what was then Romania and is now Ukraine. Her family emigrated to Argentina when she was seven years old. There she began her studies, achieving a Ph.D. in Chemistry in 1946 at the University of Buenos Aires. When academic freedom was restored in Argentina, she and her husband, Jorge, joined the University at the Institute of Atmospheric Chemistry where they carried out studies about hail formation and how to alleviate its effects. Political upheavals forced them to move to the United States, arriving at the Pennsylvania State University in 1967, where they joined Dean Charles Hosler's team in the Department of Meteorology. Rosa became a full professor of Penn State and remained so until her retirement in 1986. She and Jorge did consulting work for a couple of years, and then went into full retirement. A vibrant, passionate woman with a sharp mind, Rosa embraced many activities; she loved to travel, to read current fiction, biographies and mysteries, to attend concerts and support local orchestras, to solve Sudoku puzzles, and to play bridge with a local group. Rosa had a keen interest in the arts, and liked to visit Washington, D.C. to view special exhibits and to collect and peruse art books. She was very proud of her garden, and spent many hours working on it. Rosa was a lifelong, proficient knitter, always making beautiful sweaters for her family. Rosa strongly requested that no funeral or memorial be held for her. Abiding by her wishes, the family asks that those who wish to honor her memory make a donation to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank, 3908 Corey Road, Harrisburg, PA 17109-5929,, which she supported for many years. Her husband Jorge, her daughters Adriana and Edit, and her sister Cecilia, who lives in Argentina, survive her. An online guest book can be signed or condolences sent to the family at

Published in Centre Daily Times on Nov. 17, 2013