1981 – Ann Arbor, Michigan
Judith Dow Towsley Rumelhart was born in Ann Arbor, the daughter of Margaret Grace Dow and Dr. Harry Albert Towsley. She attended The National Music Camp in Interlochen, Leelanau School, the University of Michigan and Denison University. Judy has two sons, two stepdaughters and four grandchildren. She is a singer, an actress, a producer, director, fund-raiser and community volunteer. She has been the women’s news editor on WAAM radio-Ann Arbor, vice president of the Ypsilanti Greek Theatre, president of the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre and founder and president of the Ann Arbor Council for the Performing Arts. She is currently on many boards including The Margaret D. and Harry A. Towsley Foundation, The Leelanau Schools and the President’s Advisory Board of the University of Michigan. She is a trustee for Albion College, Purple Rose Theatre, AA Shelter Association, United Methodist Retirement Center Foundation and St. Joseph Mercy Hospital. Judy was Associate Producer of Stephen Sondheim’s Tony Award winning “Sweeney Todd.” She enjoys traveling and has homes in Glen Arbor and Ann Arbor. She lived in New York while pursuing her singing and producing career. Music has always been an important element in Judy’s life. She continues to enjoy singing and contributes her talents to the many worthwhile civic and charitable causes which are touched by her guiding hand. Her exemplary work for St. Joseph’s Hospital in Ann Arbor won her America’s highest hospital service award. She is the Chairman of the Board for the Michigan Theater Foundation, for which she also chaired the capital restoration campaign. She has served as chair of the Concerned Citizens for the Arts in Michigan (CCAM). Judy has also won various arts awards and special service awards.