Many of you have heard of the Carolyn Rose Strauss Senior Center, the Carolyn Rose Strauss Rehabilitation Center and of the Strauss Little Theater, but do you know the little girl who they are named for?
In late August of 1944, fifteen year old Carolyn Rose Strauss was attending a camp at Bristol, TN. She began to get ill and ten days later, she passed away from that dreaded childhood killer, polio. Her parents, Clifford and Roselyn set up a charitable foundation in her memory. Among the bequests was $50,000 in matching funds to build the Strauss Little Theater. Many charities, mainly medical, have been helped because of the selfless acts of two grieving parents.
Carolyn lies buried in Monroe’s Jewish Cemetery.