The Austin College community is saddened to learn of the death of longtime staff member Rosemary Mulder on May 17, 2021. She was 90. She had worked as a secretary, then an administrative assistant, in the Education Department and Austin Teacher Program from June 28, 1966, until her retirement date of December 31, 1997.
A service will be held Friday, May 22, at 10 a.m. in the chapel at Cedarlawn Memorial Park in Sherman.
As word of Rosemary’s death passed through social media, a common theme among alumni was her kindness and that they wouldn’t have made it through Austin College without her. One graduate, who became a teacher, coach, and athletic director, said she even called him every day to remind him of his 8 a.m. education class.
While no one else admitted to a morning wake-up call, remembrances of her counsel and her care came from everyone who wrote. “She was ‘Mom’ to all of us,” one remembered. A faculty colleague said, “Rosemary’s warmth, humor, and generosity made otherwise difficult situations a pleasure.”
A close friend of Rosemary’s wrote, “She shared her wisdom, her smile, her candy bowl, and hours and hours of her time to help usher many great teachers into their professions.”
All who knew her experienced her kindness and delightful smile. May they live on in memories and reflect to others.