OBITUARY: Rosalind Andreas

Rosalind Andreas died on March 15, 2021, in Newton, surrounded by her family. She was 79 years old.

She leaves her sister, Ellen Goering of Boulder, Colo., niece, Christie Schmid of Seattle, Wa., and nephew, Matthew Goering of Fort Collins, Colo.; her brother-in-law, Jack Brubacher, of Edmond, Okla., and nieces, Laurie Lisle of Edmond, Okla., and Lisa Smyle of San Antonio, Texas; stepchildren, Joel (Ay Vinijkul) of Baltimore, Ronald (Dawn Blanken) of Pueblo, Colo., and Peter (Kristen Lavallee) of Providence, R.I., and four grandchildren, Derek (Fort Collins), Marley (Baltimore), Stella and Annika (Providence).

She was predeceased by her husband, Carl; her parents, Walter B. and Florence Haury Enns; and her older sister, Carol Brubacher.

Rosalind Haury Enns was born on Nov. 17, 1941, in Newton, Kan. In 1963, she earned her B.A. in English with highest distinction from Bethel College, and in 1973 received her masters in speech communication from the University of Kansas. She began her career in education as a teacher and consulting teacher in the middle and secondary schools in the Shawnee Mission district. Rosalind married Carl R. Andreas in 1973 and relocated to the greater Detroit area. There, at Oakland University, she first directed the Offices of Commuter Affairs and then Student Activities prior to serving as the first woman Dean of Students. She continued graduate work at the Center for the Study of Higher and Post-Secondary Education at the University of Michigan, receiving a PhD in education in 1984.

Rosalind and Carl moved to Tucson, where she served as the first woman Dean of Students at the University of Arizona from 1985 through 1989. Following her service at the University of Arizona, they relocated to Vermont, where Rosalind served as Vice President for Student Affairs at the University of Vermont (1989-1995), stepping down to serve part-time on the faculty in the College of Education and Social Services. She coordinated the Secondary Education Program, served on the graduate faculty, and later presided as Associate Dean. Reflecting on her years in university leadership positions in student affairs, Rosalind observed, “We worked relentlessly to confront inequality, injustice, and to resolve conflicts to insure that students and staff alike can continue to learn, develop, and contribute to a healthy learning environment.”

Rosalind published works about educator preparation, student leadership programs, institutional planning, and commuter affairs. She was founding chairwoman of the Commission for Commuter Programs in the American College Student Personnel Association and served in leadership positions with the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators. She also served as Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of the Mennonite Education Agency, working with three colleges, two universities, two seminaries, and elementary and secondary schools affiliated with the Mennonite Church USA. She consistently encouraged Mennonite institutions to embrace open and progressive perspectives and positions.

Rosalind always maintained close ties to her alma mater. She was the commencement speaker at Bethel College in 1987 and served two terms on the Bethel College Board of Directors. In 2003, she received a Distinguished Achievement Award from Bethel.

Rosalind retired in 2003, and she and Carl moved back to Kansas in 2012, settling in North Newton. She became an active member of the community, serving on the boards of the Bethel College Mennonite Church, the Kaufman Museum, and the Carriage Factory Art Gallery.

A memorial service will be held this coming summer at the Bethel College Mennonite Church.

Memorials can be made to the Bethel College Mennonite Church, Bethel College, Carriage Factory Art Gallery, or the Kauffman Museum.

Petersen Family Funeral Home in Newton is in charge of arrangements.

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