Rose Glass

Full name

Rosabel Glass

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Rose Glass

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Seminary period alum

Rosabel Glass was a student of Shimer College during the late Seminary period and early Academy period. She graduated in 1899.

Glass taught high school for many years in Seattle, Washington, where she retired in 1947. She taught at Lincoln and Roosevelt high schools, and was also periodically involved in school administration and counseling. She was awarded national Teacher of the Year in 1956.[1]

Glass was an assistant editor of the Votes for Women monthly, published during the Washington state women's suffrage campaign of 1910.[1]

Glass received a Distinguished Alumni Award from Shimer College in 1967.[1]

Shimer connectionsEdit



  • in "School Notes", Morning Olympian, 1900-09-04, page 1:
    The Tumwater school opened yesterday with J.C. McKee, principal, assisted by Miss Rosabel Glass of this city.
  • in Seattle's women teachers of the interwar years, Doris Hinson Pieroth, p. 179:
    "Every school had a girls club office, but Roosevelt had the Rose Garden. Each spring the Rose Maidens helped install the new club officers and pass the torch in the "mystic rites of the Rose Garden." Any number of Roosevelt graduates would later agree that "It was a big deal and [Miss Glass] choreographed the whole thing."
    Every high school enjoyed visits of dignitaries, but only Roosevelt hosted royalty. Rose Glass and Queen Marie of Romania had met during the war and become friends; the gregarious American invited the queen to visit her in Seattle. On her grand tour of the United States in 1926, Queen Marie did just that. One student remembered her visit as "Rose Glass's big day," when the entire student body welcomed her friend the queen on the school's front steps.
    She and her sister, Florence, had always lived together and after 1947 they moved to Wesley Gardens, a retirement center south of Seattle. There, Miss Glass served as social director, and, not surprisingly, the one-time national president of the Women's Overseas Service League traveled, too. She celebrated her eighty-first birthday during a four-month trip around the world in 1936; former students hosted her on three continents.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Shimer College Record 59:2, July 1967.

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