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Mourning Carey Rosenthal, PhD, Department of Chemistry

August 1, 2014


Carey Rosenthal, PhD

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Carey Rosenthal, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Chemistry.  Dr. Rosenthal passed away on July 30, 2014, after a series of health issues.
Dr. Rosenthal received a PhD in chemical physics from Harvard University in 1969 and later held a postdoctoral position at the Theoretical Chemistry Institute of the University of Wisconsin. He spent a year as a lecturer in mathematics and chemistry at the University of Manchester and another as a mathematics lecturer at the University of Bradford. He joined Drexel in 1973 as an assistant professor of chemistry and was promoted to associate professor in 1998.
At Drexel Dr. Rosenthal had been studying a number of problems arising in scattering theory. He had developed new methods for calculating scattering amplitudes in model potentials for spinless particles and for scattering by a two-center potential. His work in this area had been supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation.
In addition to Dr. Rosenthal’s teaching and research in the chemistry department he taught Calculus, Statistics and Linear Algebra at the former Drexel Evening College form 1990-1996 and helped develop software implementation into quantum chemistry courses. Dr. Rosenthal had served as assistant department head and was elected for two terms to the Faculty Senate.
Indeed, we will remember Dr. Rosenthal for his long tenure within the chemistry department and his dedication to the many students who attended his classes. His death impacts all who knew him, and especially the students, faculty and collaborators who worked with him daily. For anyone who may need support in dealing with this loss, we encourage you to reach out to the counseling professionals at Drexel’s Counseling Center at 215-895-1415 (or 215-416-3337 after regular business hours).
Our thoughts are with Dr. Rosenthal’s family and friends at this difficult time.