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Dr. Paula Pitha-Rowe, Hopkins virologist

Dr. Paula Pitha-Rowe, Hopkins virologist

Dr. Paula Marie Pitha-Rowe, a Johns Hopkins virologist whose research on cancer and the body's immune response to HIV added to the understanding of how those diseases work, died of a heart attack March 5 at Union Memorial Hospital. The Tuscany-Canterbury resident was 77.

Colleagues said she successfully married her knowledge of viruses with an understanding of the mechanisms that drive cancer.

"Paula was an internationally renowned scientist whose research led the way for the development of interferon. As one of the first basic scientists in the comprehensive cancer center at Hopkins and the department of biology, she was the 13th female faculty member in the School of...