Rosemary graduated from the University of Illinois Champagne-Urbana with a degree in Russian Language and Literature. She spent her career, first with the U.S. government and later with the MacArthur Foundation, working toward causes that would bring about a more peaceful world and stronger communities. She was a firm believer in earning a liberal education, enjoyed reading, and was a life-long learner. She loved animals and children alike. She was a loving and involved aunt and stepmother, and a pet parent to two dogs and many cats over the years. She was also a regular contributor to various animal welfare charities. Given her fondness for children and animals, Rosemary would have been proud to support a cause that brings animals and children together to cultivate a love of reading through a love of animals.
Contributors: Eileen Casey, Elizabeth Ashack.