Rose, former faculty member, dies Sept. 5

September 11, 2017

Dr. Kathy Rose

Dr. Kathy Rose

Kathryn Marie (Kathy) Rose, PhD, research assistant professor in epidemiology at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health from 2001 to 2010, died on Sept. 5, after a long battle with cancer.

Rose earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at University of Maryland and a doctorate at the Gillings School in 1994.

“Kathy made many contributions to our department’s research on cardiovascular disease, including risk factors for and outcome from migraine headaches,” said Andrew Olshan, PhD, Barbara Sorenson Hulka Distinguished Professor in Cancer Epidemiology and chair of the Gillings School epidemiology department. “She also was very interested in neighborhood socio-economic status and contextual aspects of community and their role in determining cardiovascular health. She is fondly remembered as a student mentor and engaged faculty member.”

A memorial service is planned for Saturday, Sept. 30 at 10 a.m. at The Community Church of Chapel Hill, 106 Purefoy Road, Chapel Hill, N.C.

The family’s obituary is posted here.  In lieu of flowers, family members suggest donations in Rose’s name to Wind River Cancer Retreats and Programs  or the Community Empowerment Fund.


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Gillings School of Global Public Health contact: David Pesci, director of communications, (919) 962-2600 or dpesci@unc.edu