In Memoriam: Dr. Suzanne Varimbi

Posted: November 19, 2012

Rosemont College is saddened to share that Dr. Suzanne Peterson Varimbi, retired Professor of Chemistry, passed away on Friday, November 9, 2012. Professor Varimbi was the wife of the late Joseph Varimbi, Ph. D., Professor Emeritus at Bryn Mawr College. She was born in Jamestown, NY where she attended Jamestown High School. After graduating magna cum laude from Wilson College in 1958, she attended graduate school at Bryn Mawr College where she received her Ph. D. in Organic Chemistry in 1963. Dr. Varimbi taught at Rosemont College from 1966 until her recent retirement in 2011. She was a longtime member of All Saints Church in Wynnewood, PA.

Although Professor Varimbi is remembered by generations of students as an inspired and gifted teacher and mentor, she is remembered with particular fondness as Suzie, Sue, Mom, Dr. V, or Grandma; a dedicated wife, sister, mother, friend and grandmother who inspired all whose lives she touched with her beautiful mind, her practical sensibility, and, perhaps most of all, her integrity. She will be missed deeply by her family, friends, and colleagues.

She is survived by three daughters; Carol, Martha (James) Ryan, Sara (Jeff) Hunt, four grandchildren; Samantha and Maxim Hunt, Conor and Aidan Ryan, three siblings; John Peterson, Nancy Meserole and Charlie Peterson. Funeral Services are private by the request of the family. Memorial contributions may be made in Professor Varimbi’s honor to: Neighborhood Hospice, 795 East Marshall Street, Suite 204, West Chester, PA 19380, 610-696-6511.

Last Updated: November 19, 2012