Deborah Roose `71 majored in psychology at Earlham. While at the College, she was active in Association of Women Students, Women's Tennis Team, anti-war work and Earlham/Richmond partnership work. She has a master's and doctorate in education from the UMass/Amherst.
Between 1977 and 1981 she came back to Richmond and during that time worked in the Pauline Trueblood Nursery School and coached the Earlham women's tennis team. Both of her children, Dain and Beirne `04, were born in Richmond. She lives in Oberlin, Ohio, with David Snyder `71, and worked as a teacher educator and program administrator at Guilford College, Albion College and Oberlin College between 1985-2017.
She began her term on the Alumni Council in 2019. Her favorite memories of Earlham include:
- Great book discussions for Humanities at Lincoln and Barbara Blake's home.
- The opportunity to read with/tutor/learn from a young girl from Richmond.
- Being part of the multiple changes in traditions and rules at Earlham that especially impacted women students.
- The teach-ins and marches around civil rights and the Vietnam war.
- Being the token woman speaker my senior year at a Trustee capital campaign fund raising dinner, dressed in a skirt I made that was reminiscent of outfits worn by suffragettes, and talking about the lack of women on the faculty and administration.
- Wonderful class reunions over the years and learning about the distinguished and thoughtful careers and lives of my classmates.