Rosemary Luther DeHoog, former president of USPTA Eastern, passed away on October 25, 2018 after a brave battle with cancer. Rosemary’s tennis career spanned over five decades as a player and as an instructor. While at Kalamazoo College, she was a four-time Women’s Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Singles champion in the first singles position. Rosemary taught tennis to generations of families and was a respected member of the tennis community. In 1972 she started as a tennis professional at Wolf Hollow Racquet Club in Syracuse, NY, which eventually became Drumlins Tennis Club. There she became Head Tennis Professional and an Adjunct Professor for Syracuse University. She owned and operated a tennis shop at Drumlins for many years. Rosemary was a certified USPTA Master Professional, becoming the first woman in the Eastern Division and 13th nationally to achieve this distinction. She also coached the Women’s tennis team at LeMoyne College and served as a tennis official.
Rosemary was the deserving recipient of many awards during her tennis career. Her favorites include Syracuse Post Standard Woman of Achievement in Sports, being a charter Inductee of the Kalamazoo College Athletic Hall of Fame, and the USPTA Eastern Division honoring her with the Tex Schwab Lifetime Achievement Award. She was also inducted into the Eastern Hall of Fame. Most recently, her hometown in Michigan recognized her with induction into the Muskegon Area Sports Hall of Fame. Earlier this year Syracuse University and the tennis community of her adopted hometown of De Witt, NY renamed Court One at Drumlins Tennis Club in her honor. It is now The Rosemary DeHoog Court.
Rosemary was certified by the USPTA in 1972, becoming the first woman in New York outside of the Metropolitan area to do so. She was commissioned by the USPTA Women’s Committee to write A History of the National Women’s Committee (through 1992). She was instrumental in establishing a Women’s Liaison Network in the USPTA divisions in 1986. Rosemary was an ardent supporter of the Eastern Division. She served in several positions on the board, including treasurer and the second woman to be Eastern’ s president. She was a tester and often hosted division events at Drumlins. Her son, Victor, continues the tradition as a USPTA member.
Rosemary’s legacy is that of the consummate tennis professional who was kind, encouraging, and devoted to her sport. Her achievements and her loyal friendship speak volumes about her. She was a genuine person who participated fully in all her endeavors, on and off the court. The tennis community lost a dear friend, and we will miss her.