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Two notable women were selected as recipients of Southern College of Optometry’s honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees. Diane Rudner and Marion Rosemore were selected to receive the degrees awarded at SCO’s commencement ceremony on May 4, 2017.
About Diane Rudner
Raised in Memphis, Diane Rudner graduated Phi Beta Kappa in 1972 when she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Sociology from the University of Maryland. Her professional career began as a management trainee at Manufacturers Hanover Trust Bank in New York City, where she became Vice President of Corporate Planning during her 11-year tenure.
In the late 1980s, she resided in Tokyo, Japan, where she served on the board of the Tokyo Women’s Club. Additionally, she chaired the American Orientations Committee and was a consultant to the Tokyo Community Counseling Service, the only English-speaking agency of its kind at the time.
She returned to Memphis and in 1991 began Insight Associates, which specializes in corporate and strategic planning for family businesses and partnerships. Her active support of Memphis includes supporting projects and programs that improve services and opportunities for Memphis residents.
She has served on the board of the Plough Foundation, a private philanthropic organization, since 1990 and as board chair since 1997. The Plough Foundation makes grants in Memphis and Shelby County to serve a wide variety of needs, including support of healthcare, families and seniors in crisis, public education, homelessness, arts and culture, and public safety.
Ms. Rudner has chaired the Memphis Arts Council (ArtsMemphis) and WONDERS: The International Culture Series. She also served as vice chair of the Memphis/Shelby Crime Commission. In 2002, she was selected for Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government’s Inaugural Class of Women and Power: Leadership in a New World.
She currently serves on the boards of Memphis Tomorrow, Overton Park Conservancy, SunTrust Bank-Memphis, and Argent Financial Group. She has additionally been honored as a recipient of an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from LeMoyne-Owen College and a 2013 Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award from Rhodes College.
About Marion Rosemore
Marion Goldstein Rosemore’s long history of involvement in optometry began in 1946 when her husband, Fredric Rosemore, a WWII Army Air Corp veteran, began his education at Southern College of Optometry. Their partnership solidified an optometry legacy. Mrs. Rosemore’s husband, brother, brother-in-law, daughter, and seven grandchildren all earned Doctor of Optometry degrees.
Early in her marriage, Mrs. Rosemore became a driving force in establishing a culture of philanthropy within her family. As Dr. Rosemore succeeded in his Alabama practice, Mrs. Rosemore joined her husband in looking for ways to share their success with others. Her personal commitment to philanthropic giving stems from the desire she shared with her late husband in which they made decisions together about causes worth supporting.
In the 1980s, the Rosemores made one of the first endowed gifts to SCO during an era in which the college worked to demonstrate the importance of supporting optometric education. Through the Rosemore Family Foundation, Mrs. Rosemore has supported not only SCO, but a number of optometric institutions and organizations with scholarship, research funding, and capital improvements.
In addition to SCO, Mrs. Rosemore and her family have supported the Optometric Extension Program, Optometry Cares – the Foundation of the American Optometric Association, the American Academy of Optometry, the New England College of Optometry, the University of Houston School of Optometry, Indiana University School of Optometry, and the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Optometry.
As family matriarch, Mrs. Rosemore has set the standard for supporting optometric education. Her philanthropic support additionally includes more than 25 organizations that promote programs and services to improve resources that support children and families within her community.