Ernst Zacharias Rothkopf

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1925 - 2012
Rothkopf, Ernst Z, died peacefully at his home in Summit, N.J. on July 15, 2012. He was 86 years old.
Born in Vienna, Austria he escaped the Holocaust and served in the 88th Infantry Division, 913 Field Artillery as an officer in World War II. He was a distinguished alumnus of Syracuse University and the University of Connecticut where he received his doctorate. After many years as head of the Learning and Instructional Processes Department at Bell Telephone Laboratories he went on to become the Cleveland E. Dodge Professor of Telecommunications and Education at Columbia University Teacher's College. Dr. Rothkopf wrote over 100 significant articles on educational psychology and developed the theory of mathmagenic behavior that aided in the understanding of learner's internal transformation of instructional content. He served as the president of Division 15 (educational psychology) of the American Psychological Association and was the winner of the Edward Lee Thorndike Award.
Devoted husband of Carol Zeman Rothkopf and adored father of David, Paul and Marissa and father in law to Mark Bates and Adrean Scheid Rothkopf he is the grandfather of Cate and Oliver Bates and Joanna and Laura Rothkopf.
Published in The New York Times from July 16 to July 17, 2012
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