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Scholarship Honors Sister’s Legacy

Through teaching and a deep commitment to charitable work, Rosemary Geri ’77 dedicated her life to serving others.

Her devoted siblings—George, Elaine and Louis—are making sure their late sister’s legacy continues at Rowan University. In the spring, the Geri family gave a total of $152,000 to establish a scholarship for students studying in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures.

The Rosemary Geri ’77 Foreign Languages Scholarship will be awarded for the first time this fall to a Rowan junior or senior majoring in foreign languages at Rowan.

The scholarship is a fitting way to pay tribute to Geri’s kind, selfless, generous spirit, according to Elaine Geri. Rosemary, who passed away last Sept. 27 at age 60, taught Spanish and ESL classes for 23 years at Northfield Community School. In 2010, she was named Teacher of the Year.

“We wanted to keep her memory alive,” says Elaine Geri. “She enjoyed teaching and she always supported charities…food banks, cancer research, the American Heart Association, and the Wounded Warrior Project. We decided a scholarship to help students was a great way to honor her.”

The Geri sisters traveled extensively together, visiting points in the United States, the Far East, Europe, and Australia, among others. Rosemary spoke both Italian and Spanish, but had a real passion for Spanish culture, according to her sister.

The scholarship will fund a student’s tuition, fees, and course-related books and software. Additionally, it could be used for living expenses and academically-related travel.

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