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Mary Rozum

d. March 15, 2020

Mary Rozum

Mary A. Rozum of Normal, IL passed away on March 15, 2020.

Mary was born in Pittsburg, PA and grew up in the Chicago area. She received her BS degree at Illinois State University (Illinois State Normal University) and her master's degree at the University of Illinois. A champion of life-long learning, Mary completed various graduate study courses at universities around the country.

Mary's passion for teaching is evident in her long career with Illinois State University's Metcalf School, where she held the rank of Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. For many years, she taught 5th grade as well as took an active role in many other aspects of the ISU academic community. She served as a member of University Council and College of Education, planning and coordinating a series of Artist-in-Residence programs. She also worked with others on the Metcalf Reading Comprehension Project and participated in teaching process projects with the Illinois Superintendent of Public Instruction. She retired in 1988 after 38 years with ISU.

In retirement, Mary continued to champion learning and teaching. She was active in ISU English as a Second Language programs, mentoring ISU students and families from around the world. She was an active member in ISU's Delta Kappa Gamma Society for educators. She also was a founding volunteer of Crossroad Handicrafts in Bloomington, a non-profit fair-trade gift and goods shop supporting crafts people from emerging countries. Along with her brother, Fred Rozum, she co-authored "The History of Street Railways in Bloomington-Normal Illinois" which tells the story of how trolleys helped influence the development of these communities.

Mary is preceded in death by her brother and sister-in-law, Fred and Joyce Rozum. Mary is survived by her 4 nephews and nieces: David Rozum (Karla) of Phoenix, AZ; Mary Rozum-Pratto of Gilbert, AZ; Jane Rozum (Tim Hutchison) of Loveland, CO; and John Rozum (Wendy Goodfriend) of Oakland, CA. She is also fondly remembered by her friends and neighbors on Manchester Road, Normal and numerous friends and former students worldwide.

At Mary's request, there will be no memorial service. Donations in Mary's memory may be made to ISU's Metcalf School:

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