Kristin Ronzone Froehlke ’68 recently established an endowed scholarship in honor of Sr. Florence Marie Rose.
Froehlke, a mathematics major who went on to graduate school and earned a master’s degree in computer science, says Sr. Florence Marie Rose was “instrumental in my math training.” Sr. Florence Marie was a legendary teacher who inspired her students to be organized and disciplined in their mastery of math concepts.
She served as the associate professor of mathematics from 1958-85, and retired with emerita status. She also served as chairwoman of the athletic committee at Marian College from 1970-84. In that role, she was instrumental in increasing the number of varsity programs at the college and was the NAIA faculty representative.
Froehlke remembers Sr. Florence Marie as more than just a teacher; she was also a friend and mentor who became an adopted member of Froehlke’s family. From Froehlke’s first day on Marian College’s campus, Sr. Florence Marie made a special effort to seek out the “girl from Elkhart” and make her feel at home. “Sr. Florence Marie was personally very special to me,” says Froehlke, “but she also exemplified what Marian College is all about.” That, in a single word, is “devoted,” and Froehlke hopes that the scholarship fund will benefit future Marian College students and honor teachers like Sr. Florence Marie.