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Died, Abraham Rosenzweig, 80.

Abe Rosenzweig--mineralogist, crystallographer, author, educator and long-time Associate Editor and Member of the Board of Directors of the Mineralogical Record--died October 9, 2005 in Florida. Abe was born June 10, 1925 in Philadelphia and was raised there, and in Vineland, New Jersey, and also in Palestine. He earned his B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania in 1946, and his PhD in Geology and Chemistry from Bryn Mawr College in 1950. While in school in 1945-1946 he worked as a chemist for the Foote Mineral Company, and spent the summers of 1947 and 1948 working for the Pennsylvania Geologic and Topographic Survey. Following his graduation in 1950 he took a position as a mineralogist for the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission, and later worked as a consultant for the Sandia Corporation in Albuquerque and for the Special Weapons Center at Kirtland Air Force Base; he was also a visiting staff member at the Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1957-1984, and served as curatorial consultant for the Romero Mineralogical Museum in Tehuacan, Mexico from 1975-1981. He traveled widely and occasionally dealt in mineral specimens acquired on his many trips, especially those trips which took him to Korea.


Abe had a long career in academic life, teaching and conducting research in mineralogy and geology at Bryn Mawr (1949-1950), the University of Minnesota (Research Associate in Geology, 1953-1954), the University of New Mexico (Assistant Dean and Dean, 1963-1965; Associate Professor 1961-1968; Professor 1968-1973), the University of South Florida (1973-1974), Oberlin College in Ohio (1973-1974), and as Visiting Professor at National Taiwan University (1954-1961). He retired in 1975 to work as a consultant in crystallography, mineralogy, economic geology, appraisals and custom gem cutting, and was co-owner (with his wife Daphne) of Rosenzweig Associates. During that time he also served as Director of Microscopy Services for Thornton Laboratories in Tampa (1988-1993), and as a Technical Expert for the National Institute for Standards and Technology (1988-1995).

Abe self-collected minerals extensively in his younger years, and also purchased specimens, forming a small but choice collection featuring, in particular, a suite of his favorite black minerals. His collection was sold off in large part during the last few years, but a good small collection of micromounts remains, as well as much of his library of mineralogy and crystal structure books. (A decision for their disposal has yet to be made.)

Abe mentored numerous graduate students of many nationalities, and was a stickler for clarity of expression in his editorial function. He read drafts for proposed magazine articles and graduate theses, and pursued gemstone faceting as a hobby, preferring "free forms." He was Past President of the Florida Friends of Mineralogy, loved teaching mineralogy, was generous with his time, shared knowledge willingly, was always ready to learn more about his beloved field, and was a good friend to the Mineralogical Record. WEW

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Title Annotation:notes from the EDITORS
Publication:The Mineralogical Record
Article Type:Obituary
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Jan 1, 2006
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