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Rosemary Bolig, Ph.D, 72, of Rodman Street NW, Washington, D.C., passed away on July 28, 2017, in MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.
She was born March 30, 1945, in Shamokin, a daughter of the late John and Dorothy (Dries) Bolig.
Rosemary spent her childhood in Selinsgrove, graduating from Selinsgrove Area Joint High School. She obtained her undergraduate degree in Family Studies and Child Development, her masters in Individual and Family Studies both from the Pennsylvania State University and her doctorate in Early Childhood Development and Education from the Ohio State University.
She retired as professor of early childhood education at the University of the District of Columbia in 2016. Formerly a faculty member at the Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio and Mount Vernon College, Washington, D.C.
Dr. Bolig has published many articles on children in health care, children under stress, and child life programs. She recently completed a revision of the text "Meeting Children's Psychosocial Needs Across the Health Care Continuum", of which she was both a contributor and co-editor. She has been an advocate for change in children's health care and a recipient of the Outstanding Contributor award of the Child Life Council, now the Association of Child Life Professionals of which she was a member. In addition she has been a consultant to various organizations involved in children's health and welfare. She was an advocate for the humane treatment of animals having adopted two kittens.
She is survived by her sister, Linda Rhoads (Neal), of Hershey, Pa.; brother, John "Dick" Bolig, of York, Pa.; niece, Laurie Rhoads (Patrick Mulcahy), and three grand-nieces, of Boulder, Colo.
She was preceded in death by her stepmother, Christabelle Bolig, and her niece, Katie Rhoads.
In addition to her family, she will be deeply missed by her many friends, colleagues, and students.
A celebration of her life will be held in Washington, D.C., on Oct. 14, 2017.
Donations in her memory may be made to the Association of Child Life Professionals, 1820 Fort Myer Drive, Suite 520, Arlington, VA 22209, or to the Humane Rescue Alliance, 71 Oglethorpe St. NW, Washington, DC. 20011
Published on October 9, 2017
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