Flora Elizabeth Gorirossi, 96, of South Greensburg, passed away Saturday, April 3, 2021, at her home in Brussels, Belgium, surrounded by her husband and daughters. She was born Feb. 28, 1925, the daughter of the late Hilda (Barone) and Joe Gorirossi, in South Greensburg. Flora graduated from Seton Hill University, with a degree in biology, spent two years in Florence, Italy, as a Fullbright Scholar, pursuing her research in acarology and obtained her PhD in zoology from Duke University, North Carolina. She was a published researcher and continued her work in acarology for many years. She taught biology and chemistry in universities and high schools settings and ended her work career as a high school counselor at the International School of Brussels. She was an avid bridge player, world traveler and keen art and antiques collector. She was an Honorary Collaborator at the Royal Institute of Natural Sciences of Belgium and received a Distinguished Alumna Leadership Award from Seton Hill University. She is survived by her husband, Philippe Bourdeau; her daughters, Jacqueline, Michele and Isabelle; her three grandchildren; and her brother and his wife, Eugene, and Donna Gorirossi, of New Florence; and her nephew, Joe, and niece, Maria, and their families.
Published by Tribune Review on Jul. 24, 2021.