Jean Osman, 90, of Rochester, died Sunday, May 17, 2020, at Charter House in Rochester.
Jean was born July 3, 1929, in Rochester to Dr. Newton and Ruth Smith. She received her BA from Wheaton College in Norton, Mass.; she later received her MA from St. Mary's College in Winona. Jean traveled to and from Wheaton, navigating for pilot Arthur Osman in his Beechcraft Bonanza. After she graduated, they were married on June 30, 1951, in Rochester. During their marital bliss, she brought five children into the world and supported Art on the family farm with unceasing devotion, all while achieving top accolades in her profession. Jean and Art were married 46 years, until Art's death in 1997.
In 1956, Paula Rome recruited Jean to join The Reading Center (Rochester), using the Orton-Gillingham learning approach to serve people with dyslexia. During Jean's 63-year career, she teamed to build The Reading Center from Paula's finished basement into an international learning institute for children, adults and teachers.
Jean's career was a roadmap of education, neuroscience, technology, and inclusive learning during the past 70 years. Twenty-foot phone cords became her internet tutoring, skeptical school districts bent to international recognition, yet her approach was ever the same: treat everyone with respect, offer solid encouragement, learn something new every day, and set an inexorable work pace worthy of the top echelon in her profession.
TheReadingCenter.org site has an excellent summary of Jean's career. The site's About_Us menu contains Jean Osman and History links for your awe and illumination.
To her family and the world, Jean Osman was a stone cold pro and a woman of substance. She learned, taught, led and set a prime example. She kept her marriage, family and organization in rock steady balance, without raising her voice or seeking the spotlight. Fly on, elegant lady.
Jean is survived by brother, Newton Dee (Alice) Smith of Mahtomedi; children, Kent (Patti) Osman of St. Paul, Jody (Saado) Abboud of New Hope, Amy (Bobby) Basnyat of Rochester, Jay (Nancee) Osman of Milford, Iowa, and Todd (Michele) Osman of Hayfield. She is survived by 13 grandchildren residing in Minnesota, Colorado and Washington; her first great-grandchild is due on May 26.
Jean is preceded in death by her parents and her husband, Art Osman.
Jean will be cremated and her ashes commingled with Art's. A memorial celebration will be scheduled at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be sent to The Jean Osman Scholarship Fund at: The Reading Center, 2010 Scott Road NW, Rochester, MN 55901. Notes or cards may be sent to the same address, c/o Family of Jean Osman, or to email@example.com.
Online condolences are welcome at www.mackenfuneralhome.com.