Roseann B. Termini, food and drug attorney, Widener law professor, author and lecturer, dies at 69
Roseann B. Termini, 69, of Wynnewood, a longtime food and drug law expert, professor at Widener University Delaware Law School, author, lecturer and single mother of three, died on Tuesday 9 August from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at home.
Professor Termini has fused her lifelong interest in the law, her dedication to nutrition and health education, and her ability to articulate her expertise in a celebrated 37-year career as an authority on laws, regulations and practices concerning food, drugs, medical devices, advertising to consumers. , corporate liability, veterinary products and other topics.
She has mentored students, taught at Widener for more than two decades, and previously worked as a corporate attorney and Pennsylvania’s senior assistant attorney general for environmental crimes. A prolific and innovative author, she has published dozens of articles, articles and books; launched the first online food and drug law courses at Widener; and introduced similar courses for the Graduate Executive Diploma program at St. Joseph’s University.
His book of signatures, Food and Drugs Act: federal regulation of drugs, biologics, medical devices, foods, dietary supplements, personal care, veterinary products and tobacco, has been updated in several editions and has been quoted often in The Inquirer and other publications. She has also taught classes at Villanova, Johns Hopkins, Drexel, and Temple universities; the University of Georgia; and Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law.
Equally inspired to make a personal difference in the lives of others, Professor Termini adopted three children: Stan from Bulgaria in 1993, Jonathan from Vietnam in 1993 and Rosaria from Guatemala in 1998. She explained some of her thinking on adoption in a short article. she has written for Providence College’s online journal Sociology Between the Gaps: Forgotten and Neglected Topics.
“They followed the lead, rather than donating money for a cause,” she said of a couple who also adopted three young children. “These determined parents pursued every avenue possible for the betterment of their children.”
Her son Stan said: “She wanted to have an impact on people, a lasting contribution for them. In our case, she wanted to provide three children with lives that weren’t available before.
In doing so, Professor Termini imposed restrictions on his children, expressed high expectations and explained the situation as soon as they could understand. She also encouraged the exploration of their original cultural heritage and traditions and introduced them to people from their home country.
“She was a wonderful mother who gave her three adopted children the building blocks to succeed,” her family said in a tribute. Her daughter Rosaria said, “I’m grateful to have been blessed with an incredible life in America because of my mother’s selfless act of adoption.”
In an online tribute, a friend said: ‘Roseann was a super woman. Another said: “The essence of Roseann was her compassion.”
Professor Termini has served on the boards, councils and committees of numerous organizations, including the Justinian Association, the Central Atlantic States Association of Food and Drug Law Officials, the Food and Drug Law Institute and the St. Thomas More Law Society. She has lectured at national and international conferences and seminars for groups such as the Food and Drug Administration, the Health Law Institute, the Center for Ethics and the Rule of Law, and the International Federation of Cosmetic Chemistry Societies.
A champion of writing complex laws in plain language, she won the Pennsylvania Bar Association’s Clarity Award in 1999 for her work on the state’s plain English consumer contract law.
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Born February 2, 1953, Roseann Termini grew up in Yeadon, graduated from Yeadon High School, now Penn Wood, in 1971, and earned a bachelor’s degree from Drexel in 1975. She earned a master’s degree and law degree from Temple in 1985 worked for a time for PPL Utilities in Allentown, then in the 1980s and 1990s for the State Attorney General’s Office.
She was a star in her tap and jazz dance classes throughout her life, ran marathons, swam as often as possible, and regularly walked her many dogs. She volunteered for neighborhood events, handed out homemade treats at the post office, and vacationed in North Cape May.
“Looking back, I now appreciate everything she did,” Stan said. “She was character-building and down-to-earth with us, and we’re grateful for that.”
In addition to his children, Professor Termini is survived by a sister, a brother and other relatives.
The private services will take place on Saturday, September 3 and will be broadcast live.
Donations in his name may be made to the Tristate Collie Club, 2960 East Powell Rd., Lewis Center, Ohio 43035; Sisters of the Good Shepherd National Advocacy Center, 504 Hexton Hill Rd., Silver Spring, Md. 20904, and Marianist Family Retreat Center, PO Box 488, Cape May Point, NJ 08212.