Former Daily Progress staffer Deborah Rose

Deborah Sherley Rose, 66, died at her home in Charlottesville on Nov. 1, 2015. Her husband, Benjamin Rose, was at her side as he had been over the final months of her struggle with lung cancer.

She earned her BA (in the Honors Program, Phi Beta Kappa) and MA degrees from the University of Kentucky, and completed additional graduate coursework at Vanderbilt University. Her studies in English prepared her for an outstanding career in journalism at newspapers across the country, including the Bakersfield Californian, and in Virginia, first at the Coalfield Progress in Norton, then at the Daily Progress in Charlottesville.

Rose won numerous awards through out her career, including several from the Virginia Press Association. She was subsequently an editor of law books at LexisNexis.

A service celebrating her life will be held at 7 p.m. on Saturday, November 14 at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Church, Unitarian Universalist in Charlottesville. The family requests that donations to the minister's discretionary fund be made in lieu of flowers. (see the church website,, for contact information).