Witney Holland Rose, 34, psychiatry resident

January 26, 2003

Witney Holland Rose, 34, who had switched careers from finance to medicine and was a second-year resident in the department of psychiatry at the University of Maryland Medical Center, was found dead Jan. 19 at her home in Catonsville.

Born in Baltimore, she attended John Paul Regional School and was a 1986 graduate of Western High School. Dr. Rose first attended Spelman College in Atlanta, then earned a bachelor's degree in economics from the University of Florida in Gainesville.

Beginning in 1990, she worked in finance for NationsBank in Charlotte, N.C., but decided in 1991 to switch careers.

"She had always wanted to go into medicine; it was a lifelong thing," said her sister, Quincy Lucas of Dover, Del.

Dr. Rose took courses at Coppin State College while working in the office of Dr. Marsha Brown in Baltimore. She later enrolled at Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, from which she earned her medical degree in May 2001.

Dr. Rose was an active participant in Nichiren Daishonin Buddhism. Her first love was dance, and she had begun formal instruction in ballet "as soon as she could walk," her sister said.

She continued to dance -- ballet, jazz and tap. She also had a passion for horses and riding, despite an incident while she was in elementary school in which a horse bucked and landed on her, shattering her elbow.

She also enjoyed music, tennis, painting and walking.

Funeral services will be at noon Wednesday, with family visitation beginning at 11:30 a.m., at the March Funeral Home West, 4300 Wabash Ave., Baltimore.

In addition to her sister, Dr. Rose is survived by her mother, Dorothy Jean Dixon of Dover; her father, Stanley John Rose Jr. of Rochester, N.Y.; and many other relatives and friends.

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