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ROSENMEIER, Jesper (1934-2014). Beloved husband, father, stepfather, and professor, Jesper Rosenmeier died suddenly on April 3, 2014, while walking across the university campus he loved Tufts University. Jesper was born on June 20, 1934 in Tveje Merlse, Denmark. He came to the United States in 1954, and subsequently earned an A.B. in English from Princeton University (1957) and a Ph.D. in History of American Civilization from Harvard University (1966). Jesper taught Early American Literature at Tufts University for over fifty years. He founded the interdisciplinary American Studies Program, eventually winning the Mary C. Turpie Award from the American Studies Association for “excellence in teaching and outstanding contribution locally and regionally.” In addition to numerous essays and reviews, he wrote the books The Language of Canaan (1976) and Spirituall Concupiscence: John Cotton’s English Years, 1584-1633 (2012). His students praised him for his compassion, creativity, and dedication. He has been called a "great man" with an “incredible depth of character" and a “spiritual man whose love for others was boundless.” Jesper’s life revolved around deep love for his family. He especially loved spending summers on Prince Edward Island, Canada, with his wife, children, and grandchildren. He was an avid gardener and Scrabble player. His loving wife of 44 years, Rosamond, passed away in 2011. Heartbroken after her death, he moved to Annisquam, MA, where he eventually found healing and a new community. He is survived by his children, Jason Field (Susan Moreno), Twyla Ramos (Manuel Ramos), Alan Field (Louisa Terrell), Peter Rosenmeier (Sara Smith), and Leah Morine Rosenmeier (Randall Morine); and twelve grandchildren (Rachel, Malcolm, Angus, Donald, Jackson, Emily, Olivia, Erik, Gwyneth, Asa, Thomas and Annie); and newly engaged fiance Anne Babson Carter. In lieu of flowers, gifts to the climaterealityproject.org are welcomed in remembrance. The memorial service will be held on April 26, 2014, at 2:00 P.M. at the Habitat, 10 Juniper Road, Belmont, Massachusetts. All are welcome. Burial will be private. For remembrances and condolences, visit www.deefuneralhome.com.

Published in Boston Herald from Apr. 12 to Apr. 20, 2014
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