Carey Rosenthal, Drexel professor

Carey Rosenthal
Carey Rosenthal
Posted: August 08, 2014

Carey Rosenthal, 71, of Newtown Square, an associate professor of chemistry at Drexel University, died Wednesday, July 30, of endocarditis and renal failure in Philadelphia.

Dr. Rosenthal taught for more than 40 years at Drexel, pausing for a sabbatical as a Princeton University Fellow. The product of his research at Princeton with Herschel Rabitz was an article published in Science, the magazine of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

He never retired from his teaching job at Drexel, his family said.

Born in Pleasantville, N.Y., Dr. Rosenthal graduated from Pleasantville High School in 1960 as valedictorian. He enrolled at Cornell University, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in mathematics, and was named again as class valedictorian.

Dr. Rosenthal received both a master's degree and a doctorate in chemical physics from Harvard University in 1969. He was there as a Woodrow Wilson Scholar.

As a young adult, Dr. Rosenthal was featured as clarinet soloist in a New York Youth Symphony concert, playing Mozart's Clarinet Concerto in A major.

Dr. Rosenthal's love for classical music continued throughout his life, his family said in a tribute.

He played the clarinet for numerous years in the Vineyard Haven (Mass.) Town Band, and studied piano at the Bryn Mawr Conservatory of Music for 20 years until becoming ill in the last year.

Conservatory director Kathryna Blum Barone said Dr. Rosenthal already was a pianist before taking lessons at the school. He played with skill and performed at adult recitals.

"He was an irrepressible and delightful man to have about," Barone said. "We loved having him here."

Dr. Rosenthal ran the Boston Marathon in 1980 and constructed his own "post and beam" home on Martha's Vineyard in the early 1970s. He had been vacationing on the island for 67 years, according to the Vineyard Gazette. He had last visited in June.

Surviving are his wife of 36 years, Abby Heed Rosenthal; daughters Brin and Blake; and a sister.

Services were Saturday, Aug. 2.

Donations may be made to the Bryn Mawr Conservatory of Music, 700 Montgomery Ave., Bryn Mawr, Pa. 19010.


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