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ROSSINI, Frederick FREDERICK ANTHONY ROSSINI Frederick Anthony Rossini, 72, of Athens, GA, died unexpectedly November 15th. Born September 20, 1939 in Washington DC to Frederick Dominic Rossini and Anne Landgraff. He is survived by his loving wife Ann Mahoney; three children: Anthony Joseph (the late Sally Liu), Laura Maria, and Jon Dominic (Paula); grandchildren Matthias Dominic and Andreas Timothy; and first wife and mother of his children, Maria "Tina" Miranda. Fred received his B.S. (Spring Hill College 1962) and his Ph.D. in Physics (UC Berkeley 1968). He served as a faculty member and administrator at UC Berkeley, Georgia Institute of Technology, and George Mason University. At Georgia Tech he served as the Director of the Technology Policy and Assessment Center and the Office of Interdisciplinary Programs before moving to George Mason in 1989 as Vice Provost and then Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs (1993-1996). A PICMET Fellow, he was a member of Sigma Xi, AAAS, IEEE, and a co-founder of the International Association for Impact Assessment. He authored, edited or co-authored ten books and over 75 articles, primarily in the field of Impact Assessment. Fred contributed in the community as current Treasurer for the Fund for Southern Communities and President of the Board of Citizen Advocacy of Athens-Clarke, as well as teaching meditation in prisons and helping establish Zen Space in Little Five Points. Formerly an active runner, he enjoyed bird watching with his loving wife, Ann. Energetic and avid to learn new things, he was impatient with pretense but willing to invest himself in things he valued, from coaching his children in sports to serving as a visionary organizational leader. A spiritual man, he meditated and studied Buddhist texts. His generosity of spirit was sometimes hidden, but prized by those close to him. People who knew Fred smiled when he laughed and sought his advice. A man of simple tastes, he valued good craftsmanship in all things, and encouraged his children to hold sacred the important things in life and let go of the trappings. There will be a celebration of his life on Saturday December 10th from 2:00-5:00pm in Athens (fredrossin icelebration@gmail.com for information). Donations can be made in his name to the Fund for Southern Communities or Citizen Advocacy Athens-Clarke.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Nov. 27, 2011
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