Mary Rose Memorial Lectureship

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Many BioBuzz Members, Partners, and Sponsors know Mike Smith, Biotechnology Program Manager and Montgomery College and Founder of BioTrain. We are very sad to share the news that Mike’s wife, Mary Rose, passed away on December 28th after her battle with a T-cell lymphoma.

In support of Mike during this difficult time, we wanted to share information he posted on Caring Bridge’s memorial page dedicated to Mary Rose and how we as a BioBuzz Community can we make her idea come true.

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As many of you know, Mary Rose worked for 32 years to contribute to the development of a world-class research program at Children’s Hospital in Washington. During her last faculty meeting in December, I heard her propose that the Children’s Research Institute needed to establish a sustained program of guest lecturers to circulate the latest ideas and technologies and fertilize the growth of research at Children’s. All were in agreement. Then they said: but we have no funds to make that happen. They left the meeting pondering how to do that. When Mary died and her brokenhearted compatriots asked themselves how they could best honor her memory, they proposed a Mary Rose Memorial Lectureship. The Callaghan and Smith families are deeply touched. And now we want to touch you, as they say in Boston.

Gifts made in memory of Mary Callaghan Rose will support the Mary Callaghan Rose Memorial Lecture at Children’s National Health System.

To make a gift online:

Once you choose the frequency and amount of your gift, there is a box to check and you will be prompted to enter her name.

To make a gift by phone using a credit card, please call any of the following numbers:

Lindsey Rosenbaum: 301.565.4254
Tracy Church: 301.565.8513
Alston Olds (also our main line): 301.565.8500

To make a gift by check, please make the check payable to Children’s Hospital Foundation and include a short note indicating that the gift is in memory of Mary Callaghan Rose.  Checks can be mailed to the following address:

Children’s Hospital Foundation
In Memory of Mary Callaghan Rose
801 Roeder Road, Suite 300
Silver Spring, MD 20910

For gifts of stock and/or appreciated securities, please contact Tracy Church: 301.565.8513 or email

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