Montgomery News: Student on First Year Study Abroad Program Helps Mom Meet Pen Pal

December 21, 2011

The Montgomery News recently featured an unlikely connection spanning oceans as well as decades. When Scott Rossiter '15, a Global Media Studies major, elected to participate in the First Year Study Abroad Experience (FYSAE) in London, it gave his mother, Pam, an opportunity to meet her long-time British pen pal for the very first time, as reported by Montgomery News contributor, Bob Keeler.

Telford resident Pam Rossiter and Viv Roussel, of Guernsey in the British Isles, have known each other forever.

“We really were connected from the day we were born, but then we started writing when we were about 7,” Rossiter said.

That’s writing as in being pen pals.

Actually, though, the two were third in a line of family members to make those connections.

“Her mother and my mother were pen pals after World War II through their Scouting groups,” said Rossiter, a first-grade teacher at Cold Spring Elementary School in the Central Bucks district and a local Scout leader.

The next ones to become pen pals were Roussel’s and Rossiter’s older sisters, then Roussel and she, herself, Rossiter said.

About seven years ago, Rossiter’s and Roussel’s mothers met, but Rossiter and Roussel never had — until this Thanksgiving.

With Rossiter’s son, Scott, an Arcadia University student studying in England for a semester, Rossiter and daughter Katrina flew to London to meet him, followed by the three heading to Guernsey.

Over the years, Rossiter and Roussel, each of whom turned 51 this year, had never talked on the telephone and the first time they’d used -mail to communicate was in 2010 while preparing for the following year’s get-together. Still, there was an instant recognition and connection when the two first came face to face.

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