Dr. Sarah Louise Rosemond, of New Orleans, passed away Sunday, April 6, 2014, at the age of 89.
Born in Seneca, S.C., Aug. 28, 1924, to the union of Josie Holland and Luther Rosemond, she was the youngest of four children.
In 1942 after graduating from Sandusky High School, she earned a Bachelor of Music Degree from the internationally renowned Boston Conservatory of Music, which was a significant and notable achievement for an African-American female of that time. She furthered her education by attending Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, earning a Master’s Degree in Music.
Upon graduation from Western Reserve University, she was recruited as Sandusky’s first African-American classroom teacher. With her acceptance of that teaching position in 1959, she single-handedly and without incident, integrated the Sandusky Public School Faculty.
In 1967 when she left Sandusky City Schools, a group of Sanduskians, so inspired by this music teacher, established The Louise Rosemond Scholarship that still aids African-American students interested in teaching, attend college.
Her decision to leave was the result of accepting a faculty position at Bethune-Cookman College. While teaching at Bethune-Cookman College, she continued her education and earned a Doctorate of Philosophy in Humanities from Florida State University.
Dr. S. Louise Rosemond returned to Bethune-Cookman College; was appointed Chair of the Division of Humanities (a position later re-titled Dean, School of Arts and Humanities) and served in that capacity until her retirement in 1999.
She was a member of many organizations, but her most cherished was the 61 year membership with the Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, during which she served two terms as president and one term as vice-president.
She was a member of Stewart Memorial United Methodist Church, Dayton Beach, Fla.
Louise remained in the Daytona Beach area until her health started to fail and in the spring 2013 she moved to New Orleans to be closer to her family members.
Sarah Louise Rosemond was preceded in death by her parents; and three siblings, her brother James Rosemond Sr., 1971, of Sandusky, her sisters, Thelma Jones, 1993, of West Palm Beach, Fla., and Ruth Lee, 2012, of Washington, DC. She leaves a host of relatives and friends to mourn her passing and cherish the life she shared with them.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, April 19, at Stewart Memorial United Methodist Church, Daytona Beach, Fla. Interment will be at Greenwood Cemetery, Daytona Beach.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to The Baloney Funeral Home, Laplace, Louisiana, Condolences can be expressed at baloneyfuneralhome.com.