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Rosalie Palius: A Bequest to Expand Horizons

Rosalie Palius: A Bequest to Expand Horizons
The late Rosalie Ewing Dryden Palius left a generous bequest to WOSU Public Media that supported the construction of WOSU@COSI as well as general operations, helping WOSU become the strong community organization it is today.

Rosalie was born in 1918 in Cambridge, Ohio, where she and her four younger siblings were raised. After graduating from high school in 1937, she attended Miami University (Ohio), majoring in Education and then earned a Master of Arts in Education from The Ohio State University in 1953. She taught for 31 years, spending the majority of her career within the Upper Arlington school district, from which she retired in 1979.

Rosalie and her husband shared a love of travel. They lived in India for three years and toured various destinations around the world including Europe, China, and New Zealand. Intertwined with her interest in visiting new places was a love of natural surroundings. She attended many Audubon camps and was an avid bird watcher. Throughout all of her adventures, Rosalie found great enjoyment in photographing flowers and other natural environments of which she kept a collective album. She also took great pleasure in sharing her journeys, by presenting to local organizations various topics of her safaris in Africa and treks across Iceland.

Though she was fond of experiencing life around the globe, according to her three surviving brothers and one sister, Rosalie also very much enjoyed her time in the Columbus community. She was an officer with the Grandview Civic Organization and a devoted supporter of the arts community. Throughout her life, Rosalie's passion for the arts not only inspired her volunteer work with BalletMet and her philanthropic generosity to many other local arts organizations, but it also prompted her to encourage students to experience art in all forms.

Up until her death in July of 2005, Ms. Palius had profound interest in public broadcasting and was a loyal, annual supporter of WOSU. She relied on WOSU for news and entertainment and found that both radio and television services reflected quality programs, overlapping her many hobbies and interests.


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