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Marie Bello '48 with her family

Marie Bello, though she gave up her career as a technician in the lab at Bassett Hospital in Cooperstown in 1951 to raise her children, never left the Saint Rose degree in biology she earned in 1948 far behind. That’s why her daughters, Dr. Jacqueline A. Bello and Bianca A. Bello, set up the award in Marie Bello’s name, remembering that their mother was the one who taught them how to make solar ovens in Girl Scouts, always knew the right way to treat a bee sting, and helped pull Bianca through biology class by breaking down science into relatable terms.

In October, Marie and her husband, Edward Bello, returned with Jacqueline and Bianca to Saint Rose for HOME.COMING & Family Weekend, where they caught up with the 2018 recipient of the Marie D. Chirico Bello ’48 Award, who was visiting campus from Albany Medical College, where he is a graduate student.

Read more about Bello. Or, watch this video featuring Bello talking about her career in science and what it means to her to support Saint Rose students today.