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Dr. Rose Dagirmanjian

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Dr.  Rose Dagirmanjian Obituary

, a long time resident of Louisville, died on October 1, 2017 at the Sam Swope Care Center at the Masonic Home of Louisville. She was 87 years old. Rose was born in Whitinsville, Massachusetts, the youngest child and only daughter of Roubin and Esther Dagirmanjian, sister to Arthur, Philip, and Zaven Dagirmanjian, all deceased. She received a Bachelor of Science from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts, a PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Rochester

in Rochester, New York and completed post graduate work at the Babraham Institute near Cambridge, England.

Rose's long and distinguished professional career spanned over 35 years, culminating in her being named upon her retirement in 1996, Professor Emerita in Pharmacology and Toxicology at the University of Louisville Medical School. She also taught at Ohio State University and served on research committees at the National Research Council's Committee on Toxicology, National Institute of Health, Cancer Institute, Environmental Protection Agency, Food and Drug Administration, American Society of Toxicology, American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics, Institute of Medicine and the National Library of Medicine. In 2015, Rose was honored for her 60 year membership and contributions to the Louisville Chapter of the American Chemical Society.

Rose was an avid world-wide traveler, yet most of all, she cherished the time spent each year in Sanibel, Florida. Rose was a seashell enthusiast and known by family and friends for her extensive seashell collections. Later in life, Rose took up golf and approached her new found sport with the same focus and passion with which she approached many of life's opportunities and challenges. She was proud to include having scored a hole in one as one of her many achievements. Rose was a theater enthusiast and patron of the Actors Theatre of Louisville.

Over a decade ago, Rose was diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. Despite the challenges associated with a progressive disease, Rose was proactive in seeking state of the art treatment and was indefatigable in her efforts to minimize its effects on her life. Her courage and determination were an inspiration to many. Rose was devoted to family and friends throughout her life. Rose is survived and will be greatly missed by her two sisters-in-law, Helen Dagirmanjian of Whitinsville, Massachusetts and Patricia Dagirmanjian of Columbia, Maryland as well as nephews, a niece, grandnephews, grandnieces, a great grandniece and many loving friends.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at 11:30 a.m. in the All Purpose/Chapel Room in the Sam Swope Care Center at Masonic Home of Louisville.
Published in The Courier-Journal on Oct. 15, 2017
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