Mary Lou (Fretz) Roush earned 11 Varsity B letters as a Bluffton student and was named Outstanding Senior Woman Athlete. During her college career, she played volleyball, basketball, softball and tennis.
It was in tennis that she excelled. She held an undefeated match record during her playing career and led the women’s tennis team to an undefeated record.
She was also a member of the Pi Delta honorary, and traveling was part of her busy schedule. “As a student, I was fortunate to participate in two Mennonite study tours of several foreign countries, including Colombia and Zaire. I was with the A Cappella choir tour of Europe during the summer of 1970. Attending Bluffton provided the opportunity not only for me to meet most all students on campus, but also to develop lasting friendships with classmates, faculty and staff,” she said.
After earning a degree in elementary education in 1970, she served as an admissions counselor for Bluffton, then a lecturer in and director of the Professional Introduction to Education Program at Ohio State University’s Lima campus. She has also been a developmental reading teacher for Owens Technical, now Community, College and an elementary reading specialist in the Washington Local Schools, both near Toledo.