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ROSENAU--James N., a renowned scholar in the field of International relations and a pioneer in the study of globalization, died on September 9, 2011 in Louisville, Colorado. He was 86 years old. Rosenau is predeceased by his first wife, Norah McCarthy. He is survived by his current wife of 17 years, Hongying Wang, and children, Margaret, Fan and Patrick, and granddaughter Nicole. Throughout his groundbreaking academic career, Rosenau wrote and edited over 40 books, and many more articles. In 2005 Foreign Policy named him among the 25 most influential academics in foreign affairs. In 1991 Rosenau also wrote and produced a play, Kwangju. Rosenau liked to say that for him home was any college campus. He began his teaching career in 1948. He taught at Rutgers University, Ohio State University, and the University of Southern California before being named University Professor of International Affairs at the George Washington University in 1992. He retired from teaching in 2009, having taught continuously for over 60 years. Rosenau was born in Philadelphia in 1924, the son of Walter and Fanny Rosenau. His family moved to New York City in 1929, and in 1933 he entered The Lincoln School of Teachers' College where he was known for his athletic prowess and the long term papers he wrote. During World War II, Rosenau served in the US Army, as a cryptographer. After the war, he enrolled at Bard College. While there, Rosenau was hired to compile and edit a volume of FDR's personal letters, during which time he lived at the Roosevelts' Val-Kill farm. Rosenau received his Masters from the School of Advanced International Studies and his Ph.D. from Princeton. Rosenau is predeceased by a sister, Helen, and a brother, William.

Published in The New York Times on Sept. 18, 2011
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