osemary Blieszner was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania as one of five children. After high school Rosemary attended Mercyhurst College (now Mercyhurst University) and majored in home economics with the goal of being a high school teacher. During her senior year in college she taught a high school child development class and loved it. After hearing from a mentor that she should try teaching human development at college, she decided to get a master’s degree and pursue that path.
Following graduation, she went on to get a master’s degree in Family and Child Development at Ohio State University and returned to teach at Mercyhurst College. While teaching there the university developed a program where they taught older adults college courses, and Rosemary became interested in studying aging and older adults. She then went on to get her Ph.D. in Human Development-Family Studies at Penn State University with a focus on adult development and aging.
VT Stories Shorts
Every Hokie has a story, and VT Stories is committed to preserving and sharing as many of these stories as we can.
The VT Stories Oral History Project began in early 2015 as the result of some informal discussions among a small group of faculty, staff, and administrators across disciplines about utilizing the power of story in a number of different ways in a signature pilot project.