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AUBURN — Dr. James Dewitt Rose died at the Commons on St. Anthony, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019.

He was born on Feb. 12, 1931 to Dewitt and Dorothy Fitch Rose in Oneida, N.Y. The attending physician was Dr. Otto Pfaff, grandfather and mentor to the future obstetrician. He grew up and attended schools in Vernon, graduating from Hamilton College and SUNY College of Medicine in Syracuse. After three years in Germany as a captain in the United States Army, he returned to Syracuse for further specialty training.

Dr. Rose moved to Auburn in 1965 and practiced Obstetrics and Gynecology there for 30 years. When he began to require nursing and medical care, he found himself in the hands of men and women he had cared for and sometimes delivered.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Dr. Marie Rose; daughter, Elizabeth Rose Wilson; sons, Philip, Timothy, and Dr. Christopher Rose, and daughters-in-law, Kirstin and Lori Rose. Additionally, he leaves 11 treasured grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Family and friends are invited to call from 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 13, 2019, in Sacred Heart Church, Melrose Road, Auburn. Memorial services for Dr. Rose will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, in the church.

The family is very grateful for the excellent care he received at Auburn Community Hospital and the Commons, thank you.

Memorial contributions may be made to the SCAT Van, 17 Nelson St., Auburn, NY 13021, or the charity of your choice.

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