Jean Pehrson Rumsey, 80, Stevens Point, died Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in Stevens Point.
At her request, services will be private.
Donations to a charity of the donor’s choice are appreciated.
Shuda Funeral Services in Plover and Stevens Point assisted with arrangements. Condolences may be offered online at www.shudafuneral.com.
Mrs. Rumsey (Wilma Jean Sutton) was born Nov. 17, 1933, in Madison County, Ark., a daughter of the late Keith and Doris (Long) Sutton.
She was married to Robert Pehrson. He died in 1955 while they were in Pakistan, where he was conducting fieldwork for his graduate degree.
She was married Charles H. Rumsey in 1957.
She received a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Chicago.
She spent the next several years working at home, raising children. At times, she taught in the English Department at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) and worked at an alternative high school.
Eventually, she returned to school and obtained a doctorate in philosophy from UW-Madison in 1988.
After receiving her doctorate, she became an assistant professor at Clarion University of Pennsylvania, focusing her research and writing on Kantian and feminist theory, and health care ethics. In 1999, she retired as an associate professor, and returned to Wisconsin.
After retiring, she was an active participant in UW’s lifelong learning program, teaching classes including her favorite, “Women in Philosophy.” She also tutored second-graders in reading and was an active member of the League of Women Voters.
She was a longtime member of the Stevens Point Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.
She was a member of the American Philosophical Association, The Kant Society, the Hastings Center and The Society of Women in Philosophy.
Survivors include her husband, Charles, Stevens Point; one son, Hugh Rumsey, Stevens Point; two daughters, Elizabeth (Steve Rice) Rumsey, Duluth, Minn., and Mary (Karl Olmstead) Rumsey, Minneapolis, Minn.; two brothers, Max (Claire) Sutton, Fayetteville, Ark., and Bill (Patty) Sutton, Rogers, Ark.; one sister, Marjorie Dickinson, Chicago, Ill.; and five grandchildren.
She was also preceded in death by one daughter, Anne Rumsey.