Jessie Van Baalen Warms, 82, Cancer Researcher at Fox Chase


Jessie Van Baalen Warms, 82, a cancer researcher, died Dec. 8 at Rydal Park Medical Center. She was a resident of Melrose Park.

Warms attended Friends Select School and was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Smith College. She also earned a Master's of Science in biochemistry from the University of Pennsylvania.

She was a senior research associate at the Fox Chase Cancer Center for 28 years. Working under Dr. Irwin Rose, she helped to conduct research on the breakdown of proteins within cells for which Rose and Drs. Avram Hershko and Aaron Ciechanover were awarded the 2004 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

She was a co-author of many of Rose's papers.

Warms was an athlete from her early days. She played tennis and was involved in gymnastics, but was particularly devoted to ice-skating. She competed in ice-dancing, frequently winning local competitions from her youth until she was in her 60s.

She was a member of the Old York Road and the Wissahickon Skating clubs, as well as a volunteer at local and national skating events.

She and her husband enjoyed attending alumni courses at Washington and Lee University, in addition to lectures and courses at local venues.

Warms is survived by her husband of 57 years, Robert A. Warms; daughter Patty Warms Lukoff; son Richard L. Warms; and four grandchildren.

Memorial contributions can be sent to: the Fox Chase Cancer Center, c/o the Development Office, 333 Cottman Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19111.



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