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Rosemary R. Eisenhauer, 73, English professor


Rosemary R. Eisenhauer, a retired college English professor and former Columbia resident, died of kidney failure Feb. 15 at Atlantic General Hospital in Berlin. She was 73.

She was born Rosemary Rattigan in Red Bank, N.J., and raised in Union Beach, N.J. In 1949, she began her college studies at the University of Maryland, College Park, but dropped out a year later when she married Louis Charles Eisenhauer.

After her youngest child began attending school, she resumed her education and earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 1974. Two years later, she earned a master's in English from the University of Maryland, College Park, followed by a doctorate in English in 1982.

Dr. Eisenhauer taught English literature at the University of Baltimore, Catonsville Community College and UMBC, where she retired in the early 1990s. Her husband, who taught English at Catonsville, died in 1987.

She was a member of the Howard County League of Women Voters before moving to Ocean Pines in 1998.

She enjoyed writing poetry and researching her family's genealogy.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday at Sacred Heart Roman Catholic Church, on Sacred Heart Lane in Glyndon.

Surviving are a son, Louis Andrew Eisenhauer of Washington; two daughters, Tara E. Ebersole of Catonsville and Rachel L. Eisenhauer of Annapolis; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. Another daughter, Sara E. Mathis, died in 2003.

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