Bio

Bio

“Working for change is greater than change itself,” says Rosemary Dunn Dalton, who has been advocating on behalf of the oppressed for the past half-century. She is the founding force behind Dunn House, a shelter for battered women and their children; the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Political Caucus of Southern Oregon; and Advocates for the Severely Handicapped, a progressive program and residence for the profoundly disabled.

As a nontraditional student returning to school following her divorce, Rosemary started Women in Transition (Southern Oregon University’s women’s center), an eight-week training series titled New Skills for Women, and a Displaced Homemakers Program. She designed and taught the first Introduction to Women’s Studies course at Southern Oregon State College (SOSC).

A year after completing her BS in political science at SOSC in 1975, Rosemary earned her master’s in counseling/psychology there as well. She followed this up with a master’s in social work (MSW) from Boston College in 1988.

Featured in Feminists Who Changed America: 1963–1975, Rosemary became an influential activist for women’s causes, lesbian and gay rights, multicultural issues, and religious tolerance while in Boston. She was elected chair of the Boston Lesbian and Gay Political Alliance and served on the Massachusetts Governor’s Commission on the Status of Women.

Rosemary continued her community engagement after returning to Southern Oregon, where she served on the Jackson County Women’s Commission and the Jackson County Mental Health Advisory Board.

Her many honors include the Community Works Visionary Award and Zonta International’s Women of the Year Award. In 2006, Rosemary received Southern Oregon University’s Distinguished Alumni Award. She was featured at SOU’s Alumni in Action blog in 2011.

Co-editor of Lesbian Psychologies (University of Illinois Press, 1987), Rosemary wrote Lamenting Lost Fathers: Adult Daughters Search for the Message of the Father (iUniverse Press, 2004). She is currently writing the fourth book in her mystery series, which began with Arches Treasure/Mystery at the Escalantes (iUniverse press, 2008).

A licensed clinical social worker in private practice, Rosemary has been teaching in the SOU Psychology Department for more than ten years.

Rosemary has exhibited her oil and watercolor paintings in Boston and Ashland. Most recently, Rosemary has taken up the guitar. “A lot of women have chosen this stage of their life to retire, but I’m still connected to the bigger issues and always will be.”



Latest Blog Posts

Look At You (Marie)

The crown of your head silver and white, I glimpsed as you lay next to me.  My mother had insisted I ‘do’ her hair,...

You’re Still Here (Lake Tahoe)

This is our third visit and Lake Tahoe, you are still here.  You glow like glass reflecting cobalt blue, aquamarine, vermillion seen like nowhere...

Now I See You (Molly)

So little, vulnerable, unable to grasp my thumb, no Babinski clutch.  Then we knew: you were injured.  Your brain impacted at birth, maybe.  Or...

Perfect For Summer

Our halter tops reveal breasts

peeking after a drawn out winter

A hundred degrees incites groans

in spite of the earlier drought of sunlight

You move past me,...

Please Don’t Eat the Babies

You swoop in again and again

trying to eat the babies

Who gives you the right

No excuses about the chain of life

Bigger birdies eating smaller birdies

They...

Freedom to Marry

If your mouths are dropping to the floor, don’t be surprised or feel you are alone. Many of us scoffed at the idea of...

Protest Against Mountaintop Removal Mining in West Virginia

Larry Gibson, founder of Keeper of the Mountains, participated in a protest against mountaintop removal mining by shaving the heads of women who wanted...

Honoring Hillary
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton Wants New Opposition Movement for Syria

In an effort to “reshape” the opposition action in Syria, Secretary of State Hillary...

Nuclear Nun

Eighty-two-year-old Sister Megan Rice has been a peace activist who has been arrested many times for her acts of civil disobedience and antinuclear protests....

Wilkins-O’Riley Zinn: A Remembrance
My friend died. She was my writing buddy. Three of us met in my living room. We always sat in the same spot, with...
Bill Clinton: Then and Now

It’s been tough listening to politicians since Bill Clinton left the presidency. He was a brilliant orator and still is. He had his shortcomings,...

Wendy Lee: A Matter of Survival
A professor of philosophy at Bloomsburg University in Pennsylvania, Wendy Lee teaches environmental philosophy, feminist theory, bioethics, philosophy of language, and philosophy of mind/brain.
Women Working for Change
My mother was born in 1896 before most of what we know of the world was possible, except war and violence. These two constants...