In Memory

Rozlyn Rutledge

Rozlyn Rutledge

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06/24/14 12:39 PM #1    

Diane DeLucchi (Goodhue)

Rozlyn and I became friends in the seventh grade. We spent summer vacations together in the mountains, attended dances together and all in all became closer as the years passed. Although I went to Berkeley and she went to Cal State Hayward, we still had time to double date during our college years. We outgrew our ugly duckling stage. After college, Rozlyn became a flight attendant for United, traveled the world, and also did modeling in New York City. She was a beautiful human being, both inside and out. She really never liked to cook, but made "famous" chocolate chip cookies when time allowed. Not for herself, but for others.  When she had a free Saturday,  she would take a batch of her cookies to a nearby convalescent hospital and ask the attending nurse which resident had the fewest visitors. That lucky person would be the recipient of her cookies. Often times, the resident would think Rozlyn was a long lost relative. And Roz would just play along, making that person's day the best that they had in a long, long time. She was the ultimate hostess and treated everyone with kindness, generosity and thoughtfulness. She truly made you step up in life. Some of you may remember her love for music at past reunions and how she loved to dance. When I think of her, I think of her dancing and it always makes me smile. When she entered a room it was like sunshine coming in through a window. A bright, bright light. Sadly, the light went out when she was 37 years old from a blood clot in the lung. Fast and lethal. I miss her and think how much she would have loved my son. He would have loved his Auntie Rozlyn. She was a bridesmaid in my wedding, and I thought we would grow old together, sharing stories. But that was not meant to be.  

06/25/14 10:35 AM #2    

Tyler Hunt

Great posting Diane!

I am sure Roz would be very touched.

Too bad she left us so early!


06/26/14 09:54 PM #3    

Mari McGaughey (Greves)

Thank you so much for writing that beautiful tribute, Diane. Sadly, I never really knew Roz, but after reading your comments, I wish that I had. I have enjoyed reading about the memories and reflections about classmates. I regret that I did not stay in touch. Having been to Argentina and missing a year of high school, I lost out on making a lot of connections with my class beyond just my close friends. After both my parents died relatively young, I never returned to Piedmont until our 40th reunion, which was wonderful.

 I feel moved to write something about Candy Fair, who also died way too young. She was a bright, talented person. I was always in awe of her in high school. She was an AFS student to Turkey for the summer in 1963, so we shared a similar experience. I still have the llittle silver ring she brought me as a gift from Turkey. After she graduated from Stanford, I believe she got a law degree, married, but also died in her 30's.

At our age I am sure that will are all questioning and reflecting on life at this milestone of our 50th reunion, but you have motivated me to make contact with friends and encourage them to come to the reunion. Thanks again, Mari McGaughey Greves  PS to Bob. You've done a great job responding to postings! Thanks!

06/27/14 02:40 PM #4    

Lowell Daun

As a late comer to PHS, I didn't know many calssmates well. But Roz was one whom always made me feel welcome and was such a kind-hearted soul....even to a band geek!


06/28/14 10:00 PM #5    

Bob Ball (-)

I was chairman for our 20th reunion and helped recruit Roz to be involved in planning our 20th reunion. She was so enthusiatic and with wonderful humor. I was so looking forward to the next reunions with her. Unfortunately, her life was cut out way to short. 

08/03/14 02:13 PM #6    

Tyler Hunt

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