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National speaker, author and former Bishop Dunne PE teacher Rose-Mary Rumbley will be reunited with her former students at the Class of '65 50th Reunion on Friday night, October 2, 2015 at the Falcon's Homecoming.

National Speaker, Teacher, Author Rose-Mary Rumbley to Return to Her Roots on Rugged Drive Friday October 2, 2015 

Rose-Mary Rumbley has no web site, and zero marketing. And she’s never been to a National Speakers’ Association meeting. Yet, if you ask Dave Liber or any active woman in North Texas who they love to hear, the answer is always the same: Rose-Mary Rumbley. Chances are you’ve never heard of her. But she speaks to about 600 different audiences annually, and sends out a delightful Christmas message each year.

Clearly, Rose-Mary Rumbley is the “real deal.” But before she began on the speaking circuit, she was the PE teacher at Bishop Dunne Catholic School. And she’ll be on the football field on Friday night, October 2, 2015 for the 50th reunion of the first graduating class of the school at Homecoming.

Now in her 80’s, she was just 33 when she taught the class PE. Suzanne Ferguson, coordinator of the 50th Reunion, said Ms. Rumbley is not only coming back for the reunion, but insisted on walking out onto the football field with the class as it’s honored before the game.

Rumbley is known in Texas for her very amusing lectures on Texas history. She tells colorful stories about characters from Ebby Halliday to Etta Place, girlfriend of the Sundance Kid. She’s written four books about Dallas history and Texas foods. She was a prominent speech and drama teacher at Dallas Baptist University. She’s still known for her firepower, brain power, and passion, and is more animated than just about any speaker around.

Back at Bishop Dunne for the first time in many decades, she’ll be the honored guest--along with a few nuns who are also former teachers of the class of ’65--and adding to her repertoire of hilarious historical speeches by remembering her years as a PE teacher in what was once a new Catholic high school in Oak Cliff. Now, 54 years later, Bishop Dunne is a shining example of what works in education: a high tech, cutting-edge school whose students graduate college-ready, many with scholarships to the University of their Choice with good memories that last a lifetime.


To read Davie Lieber’s full essay on Rosemary Rumbley, see:

For more information on the Class of ’65 50th Reunion, contact class reunion leaders Karen Johnson Pinard or Suzanne Ferguson at:

For more information on Bishop Dunne see the school’s website at or its sports website:

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