In Memoriam: Eugene J. Rosenbaum
June 23, 2005 — Eugene J. Rosenbaum, 97, of Broomall, a chemist and retired Drexel University chemistry professor, died June 2 at Bryn Mawr Hospital.
Dr. Rosenbaum joined Drexel's faculty in 1958. After retiring in 1972, he continued to teach part time there until 1980. He also lectured at the University of Pennsylvania and at Haverford and Swarthmore Colleges. He was the author of numerous scientific articles and a textbook on physical chemistry.
Dr. Rosenbaum grew up in Denver. He earned a bachelor's degree and a doctorate in chemistry from the University of Chicago, where he met his future wife, Ruth Comroe, who was also a physical chemist. He taught at the University of Chicago for 10 years, and then was a fellow for a year at Harvard University.
From 1941 to 1956 Dr. Rosenbaum was senior researcher at Sun Oil Co. in Marcus Hook, where he studied the catalytic processes involved in refining petroleum.
His daughter Judy Franz said he enjoyed tennis and that he played the game well into his 80s.
Dr. Rosenbaum's wife died in 2002. In addition to his daughter, he is survived by another daughter, Anne Vohl; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren. The funeral and burial were private.