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Rosemary L. Dvorsky
Class of 1963
Rosemary Dvorsky Gido was valedictorian and outstanding business student of the 1963 graduating class. With no family resources and no assistance from the GAR Guidance Department, Rosemary almost did not attend college. She attended college classes part time for a year and found assistance from a College Misericordia nun, Sister Hildegarde, who helped her find honor and work scholarships. Graduating in 1967 magna cum laude, Rosemary married and went on to earn Master's and Ph.D. Sociology/Criminology Degrees in 1970 and 1985 from the State University of New York at Albany. She launched a career in state government in 1985, heading the Policy Office of the New York State Commission of Correction and implementing the first research study on HIV/AIDS in a state prison system. When the economy erased her job as a Work Force Policy Analyst in the Governor Mario Cuomo administration in 1990, Rosemary and her husband Jack followed their sons to Penn State University. From 1991 through 2011, Rosemary continued to build on her adjunct college/university teaching career from New York State at Penn State University and Indiana University of Pennsylvania, where she rose through the ranks to full professor. Active in Pennsylvania criminal justice research at the county level and the editor/author of two books on corrections and women offenders with mental health needs, Rosemary, now an emerita professor from IUP and the Editor of The Prison Journal, has been recognized nationally by the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences for her 'lifetime achievements and service to corrections' (most recent John Howard Award, March 2012). In June 2011, she was honored at the 7th Annual North/South Ireland Criminology Conference for her training and research work with the Garda Police College of Ireland (1997 and 2001). The proud mother of two sons, Stephen and Jeffrey, Rosemary is also the delighted grandmother of five grandchildren--Matthew, Alex, Allison, Meghan, and Sophie. Currently, she is working on two books, one on coal-mining and home-steading communities of Montana where a great aunt and great uncle from the Dvorsky family settled. The other book will focus on enviornmental and community issues stemming from industrial 'booms' and 'declines' (coal mining and fracking) in Pennsylvania and parts of Ireland.