Rosel, Natalie E. "Penny"
Mar. 18, 1944 - Oct. 11, 2013
Natalie (Penny) Rosel died peacefully Oct. 11, 2013, after an almost two year battle with cancer. She was 69. Penny was born March 18, 1944, in Long Island, NY, and came to Sarasota in 1971 when she began her career at New College. A beloved and respected faculty member for 34 years, she retired in 2005.
"Penny's dedication to New College was enormous, and those of us who had the privilege of working with her will recall her kindness, her intelligence, and her generous spirit," said Provost Stephen Miles.
For more than 30 years Penny ably anchored and guided the discipline of Sociology at the College. Former students still marvel at the enduring impact of her courses. She was the faculty sponsor for 121 senior theses during her tenure and many of her students worked with elders in the Sarasota community. Her humility was exceeded only by the difference she made in the lives of her students.
Penny published professional papers on topics ranging from "Doing for Others: A Neighborhood Support Network," to "Toward a Social Theory of Dying." Penny was a member of the American Sociological Association, the American Gerontological Association, Delta Society and the American Society on Aging. She obtained her Bachelor's, Master's and Doctorate in Sociology from Indiana University (1966- 1971.) Her dissertation topic was "Self-Concepts of Institutionalized Older People."
Penny was always one to walk the talk and spent her retirement years volunteering for Hospice, Habitat for Humanity and Southeastern Guide Dogs.
Survivors include a cousin, Sally Payne of Marion, MA, and many co-workers, co-volunteers, former students and neighbors that will miss her dearly.
A time and place for a Celebration of Life will be announced in the near future. Gulf Coast Cremations is in charge of arrangements. Memorial donations may be made to the Sarasota County Humane Society, 2331 15th St, Sarasota, FL 34237.
Published in Herald Tribune from Oct. 16 to Oct. 17, 2013.