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Dr. Maria W. Kirber, microbiologist

Dr. Maria Wiener Kirber, 93, formerly of Chestnut Hill, a retired professor of microbiology and virology and an active researcher in those fields, died March 11 at her home in Lakeville, Conn.

When she retired in 1972 from the faculty of the Medical College of Pennsylvania after 31 years of teaching medical students, Dr. Kirber was awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree by the school.

She also was the author of a significant number of important, peer-reviewed scientific papers.

Born in Prague, Czechoslovakia, Dr. Kirber came to the United States in 1939. She received both an M.S. and Ph.D. in bacteriology from the University of Pennsylvania.

She was a Charter Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and a member of the American Academy of Microbiology, Sigma Xi, the American Association of Immunologists and the New York Academy of Sciences.

Dr. Kirber’s husband, the late Dr. H. Peter Kirber, was chief of ophthalmology at Chestnut Hill Hospital during the 1960s.

Dr. Kirber is survived by sons Michael, of Sharon, Mass., and William, of Lakeville, Conn., and five grandchildren.

A private family memorial service will be held. Memorial contributions may be made to the Salisbury Visiting Nurse Association, 30A Salmon Kill Road, Salisbury, CT 06068, or the World Wildlife Fund, P.O. Box 97180, Washington, DC 20090-7180.  –WF


Mrs. Myra Gallagher, R.N.

Myra (nee Malley) Gallagher, 85, of Chestnut Hill passed from this life on March 2, 2010, surrounded by her family. Mother Peggy (Tom) Vezzosi, Dr. Robin (Karen), and Patrick (Kathleen). Myra is also survived by seven grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and nieces Patty Sharkey and Joanne Forrest (Dick). A graduate of Our Mother of Consolation, Little Flower High School and in 1946 the nursing program affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania and Chestnut Hill Hospital. After raising her family, Myra returned to her nursing career for 18 years at Springfield Residence in Wyndmoor. Thereafter, she continued to assist the residents and other elderly by transporting them to their doctor appointments. Myra last resided in the life long home of her beloved and predeceased parents (Patrick and Bridget) sisters (Margaret, Rita, Kathryn a.k.a. Kitty, Julia & Mary) brothers (John & Joseph). She will be missed but not forgotten. Her funeral mass was held March 5, 2010 at Our Mother of Consolation Church. Donations in her memory may be made to Lasalle College High School, 8605 Cheltenham Avenue, Wyndmoor, PA 19038.




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