Mary Ann Krussa-Dossin '74 admits she wasn't always wanted around during
the 27 years she wore a Marine uniform. Some didn't like her being a military
police officer. Or a pregnant woman on duty. Or even being a Marine in
the first place.
"I fought it. I told an officer senior to me that I thought I could
do my duty while pregnant and I would convince his superior if I had to,"
recalled Krussa-Dossin, now the deputy director of Public Affairs in Washington,
But she never quit, and the Corps is glad she didn't.
The 27-year military veteran now has earned a title she shares with only
four other women in the Marines -- general. In February, Krussa-Dossin
will be promoted to director of Public Affairs, a post that carries the
billet of brigadier general, or one-star general.
And, in a first for the Marines, she'll be the first general who is also
"All of the junior officers who are MPs now feel they have something
to brag about," she said. "That says something about how the
Marines have changed."
work, Krussa-Dossin is one of the official spokespersons for the Corps,
handling media requests and specializing in community outreach. But at
home, she is wife to husband Paul, a retired Marine chief warrant officer
who served more than 30 years, and son Daniel, who is now 22 and in the
"I had such great support through all of my career from Paul and
our friends. There were crazy years, but it was all worth it," she
doesn't take much for a college student to get by -- a Salvation Army
couch here, some pizza coupons there and they're set.
many international students arrive at their new home in Fort Worth with
less than that. Sponsor families provide tuition assistance, but students
don't know where to go for money to set up their utilities or for a ride
to the doctor.
where Mary LaRue Clark '75 comes in. Last year, she founded her own nonprofit
company -- Clark Educational Services, Inc. -- to help foreign-born music
students find housing and financial support.
set up water and electricity. I've furnished an apartment for $100. I
drive some of them to places in town they need to go," said Clark,
who is officially sponsoring one student but also helps four others.
There are twice as many needy students as sponsors, which must have $2,000
set aside for their student. Clark is hoping her efforts will pick up
had the budding professionals play mini concerts at private parties and
at area public schools for donations. She brokered discounted rates with
an apartment association and coaxed one donor into giving up an old car.
Eventually, Clark wants to start a pantry and have a storage unit of furniture.
gives us so much through their music. I just want to give them something
that makes their living here a little more comfortable," she said.
To help, call Clark at 817-237-5919.
Rev. Terry Rothermich '93 never intended to be a minister.
He was a successful concert pianist in Europe and a Fulbright scholar,
making recordings and studying music. Then suddenly the market dried up
and Rothermich found himself without a job.
"I very much wanted to touch lives and I knew music did that, but
I was afraid at that point I would have to give it up," he said.
when God called Rothermich into a life of ministry and he found himself
at Brite studying divinity.
almost a decade later, Rothermich has found a harmonious marriage of ministry
and music. Minister of Memorial Christian Church in Midland, he is consumed
with pastoral, educational and youth duties, but he's managed to record
music -- in July, he released his second compact disc, Keys to the
Kingdom, a collection of piano ballads selected from the classics.
His first compilation came out in 1999.
"The best part is when you make a connection with parishioners. It's
like being in the pulpit, but also like being on a concert stage. It's
just a very strong spiritual feeling."