Rosenberg, Robert M.
Robert M. Rosenberg, professor of chemistry at Lawrence University 1956-1991, took his last breath 3 April 2015 at St. John's on the Lake in Milwaukee, where he had an independent living senior apartment since the death of his wife, Ginny Rosenberg, in February 2013. Professor Rosenberg had lived with his wife and children on North Eleanor Street and North Nicholas Street, moving after he retired to Evanston, Illinois, where he taught chemistry part time at Northwestern University for another eleven years. His children, Charlie, Meg, and Jim, all graduated from Appleton High School West. The sustaining joy of his last two years was the number of former students, dating back to the 1960s, who wrote, called, visited, and credited him as a foundational influence in a number of distinguished careers in chemistry and medicine. In 2010, his early influence was graciously acknowledged by former student Tom Steitz, who shared the Nobel Prize in Chemistry for 2009. A memorial service is scheduled for Saturday June 20, 2015 at 1:00 pm on the Lawrence campus, in the Nathan Marsh Pusey Room of the Warch Campus Center. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Rosenberg's memory to the Nature Conservancy, Lawrence University, or to the fast food workers' Fight for $15 campaign.
Published in Appleton Post-Crescent from Jun. 8 to Jun. 10, 2015.