Rosemary is a graduate of the University of North Carolina with a degree in Political Science. She received a Master's Degree in Education from UNC. After graduation she served in the public school system as a teacher and guidance counselor. She is a community volunteer and has been active in many organizations including the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Raleigh Fine Arts, the Women's Network, and the Gregg Museum of Art at NC State. She is a member of the Board of Directors of McDonald York Building Company and York Properties, Inc. Smedes and Rosemary have two sons, George and William and three grandsons, Smedes, Bowen and Crawford.