Marja Kien White, 78, of Falmouth died November 15 after a long illness.

The daughter of the late Pieter C.J. Kien and Henriette Jacoba Kien, she was born Margaretha J.C. Kien in Voorburg, the Netherlands. She came to the United States as a child when her father came to work with the economic mission of the Netherlands embassy in Washington, DC, and subsequent service with the United Nations. The family lived in Westchester County in New York before moving to Long Island, and her parents retired to Falmouth in 1975.

She graduated from Simmons College and received a doctorate in biology from Boston University. After graduating from BU, she conducted research projects in Woods Hole at the Marine Biological Laboratory; in Jerusalem at Hadassah Medical School; in St. Andrews, New Brunswick, Canada, at the North American Salmon Research Center; and in Falmouth at Associates of Cape Cod.

A Falmouth Road Race-related article in the Enterprise published in July 2005 described a lobster suit designed and made by Ms. White for her son Benjamin A. White to wear during his participation in the upcoming race that season. The fifth time he would be running dressed in a full-body lobster suit, her son said the “new and improved lighter lobster suit” was replacing a previously rented outfit. The first-year resident in emergency medicine was running in costume to raise money for Gosnold Treatment Center in Falmouth and Children’s Hospital in Boston.

Ms. White had returned to live in Falmouth in 1986 with her then-husband and their three sons. She had also lived in Minnesota for several years in the early 2000s.

She leaves her sons, Elijah White of Wellesley, Nathan White of San Diego, California, and Benjamin White of North Falmouth, and their families; and her former husband, Alan W. White, of Falmouth.

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