Summer, Rosalyn

Rosalyn Summer Sease, undated.

Lady Principal; English, French and Pedagogy, 1913-1917

Birth: 18 May 1889, Pomaria, Newberry County, South Carolina
Death: 11 May 1981, Westover Hills, New Castle County, Delaware

John Adam Summer (1851-1937)
Alice Magdalena Efird Summer (1853-1938)

William Carl Summer (1881-1966)
Henrietta Lois Summer (1887-1887)
Marie Summer Huggins (1892-1974)

Spouse: Virgil Bernard Sease (1888-1962)
Marriage: 21 Dec 1918, Pomaria, South Carolina

John William Sease (1920-2000)

Burial: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery,Little Mountain, Newberry County, South Carolina, USA
Source:, # 50465519.

Link to her booklet (1949), What About Race Relations?, Six Forum Programs.
Link to her booklet (1950), What About Anti-Semitism? Seven Forum Programs.


Oscar Ogburn Efird, The History and Genealogy of the Efird Family, 1964, p. 179-180.

Rosalyn Summer…attended public schools in Newberry, S. C., where she skipped one year in high school and entered Newberry College at the age of fifteen. At the end of sophomore year, transferred to Elizabeth College, Charlotte, N. C., to take special music courses and entered junior class. She was graduated from Elizabeth College with A. B., 1908, and a distinction in music (piano). Spent ten years teaching, two at Little Mountain, S. C., four as grammar school principal in the public schools of Newberry, S. C., and four as principal of Mont Amoena Seminary, North Carolina Synod’s junior college for women, Mt. Pleasant, N. C…

…Rosalyn is the most distinguished woman of the Efird descendants and is the only one to have an honorary doctor’s degree. Newberry College, her alma mater, conferred an honorary Doctor of Literature degree upon her in 1938.

She was the first missionary secretary of the Luther League of America, and National Secretary of the Young Women’s Missionary Society of the United Lutheran Church in American. She has served on the Education Committee of the United Lutheran Church Women (formerly the Women’s Missionary Society) since the United Lutheran Church of America was founded in 1918, and was chairman of the Education Division when she retired in 1955. She served twelve years as a member of the Board of Parish Education, United Lutheran Church; has written many study courses and booklets for women’s and young people’s groups; has worked in conferences and synods; is vice president of the Philadelphia Conference and on several committees of the Ministerium of Pennsylvania.

She had been greatly interested in inter-denominational work, and represents the U. L. C. A. on three departments of the National Council of Churches – on the Executive Committee of the Committee on World Literacy and Christian Literature, on the Executive Committee of the Department of Racial and Cultural Relations, and the Joint Commission on Missionary Education. She has served as vice president of United Church Women of National Council of Churches and as chairman of Leadership Training Division of U. C. W.

The work on the various Boards has led her into much public speaking and teaching. She has taught and was chairman for many years of the Inter-denominational Schools at Northfield, Mass., and taught at Silver Bay, N. Y., Lakeside, Ohio, Lake Geneva, Wis., Boulder, Colo., Blue Ridge, N. C., and at Lutheran summer schools in ten synods of U. L. C. A., including Blue Ridge, Lenoir-Rhyne College and Lutheridge in North Carolina.

With all these duties she has not neglected the civic, community and church work of her local community. She has served as Girl Scout commissioner, on Y.W.C.A. Board of Directors, as Executive Board Member of Community Chests and vice president of Settlement House, a member of D. A. R. and local woman’s club. Res. Wilmington, Del. One child, John William Sease…


The Herald and News (Newberry, SC), September 18, 1914, p. 8.

Miss Rosalyn Summer, of Pomaria, passed through Columbia yesterday on her way to Mt. Pleasant N. C., where she will become principal in Mont Amoena seminary. Miss Summer is a graduate of Elizabeth college, and has been teaching in the graded schools of Newberry. At Mont Amoena she will teach French and psychology. – The State, 16th.


The Concord Tribune (Concord, NC), July 11, 1916, p. 1.


Miss Rosalyn Summer, who has been Mont Amoena’s popular and competent lady principal for the past two years, will return in the capacity of instructor in English and Pedagogy. Those who have experienced Miss Summer’s thorough and interesting teaching will be glad to note this return.


The Concord Times (Concord, NC), 6 Jan 1919, 1


The following announcement, received in Concord today, will be of interest to many people here. Miss Summer was formerly principal of Mont Amoena Seminary, at Mount Pleasant, and is well known there, as well as in Concord, where where she has often visited. It is as follows:

Mr. and Mrs. John Adam Sumner [Summer]
announce the marriage of their daughter
Dr. Virgin [Virgil] Bernard Sease, Ph. D.,
on Tuesday, December thirty-first
nineteen hundred and eighteen
Pomaria, South Carolina

At Home
after January tenth
621 Belgrove Drive,
Arlington New Jersey


The News Journal (Wilmington, DE), 13 May 1981, p. 7.

Rosalyn S. Sease dies at age 91; authored books on race relations

Rosalyn S. Sease, 91, of 1010 Berkeley Road, Westover Hills, died Monday at her home after a short illness.

Mrs. Sease was the author of many books and brochures on race relations in the 1950s. She taught in public schools in Little Mountain, S. C., before 1917, and was the head mistress of a girls preparatory school in Charlotte, N. C., several years later.

She was a representative for several years of the United Lutheran Church at the National Council of Churches. She was also secretary of the Women’s Missionary Society of the United Lutheran Church.

She was a member of the board of the Girl Scouts of America and the YWCA in Wilmington and Brunswick, N. J., many years ago.

Her husband, Virgil B., died in 1962. She is survived by a son, John W. of Portland, Conn., four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Services will be Thursday afternoon at 2 at St. Stephens Evangelical Lutheran Church, 13th and Broom streets. There will be no viewing. Services will also be held Saturday in Pomaria, S. C. Burial will be in Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery, Little Mountain, S. C. Instead of flowers, the family suggest contributions to Newberry College, Newberry, S. C., 29108.