Memories

Guest book for Michael H. Rothkopf
Name Brenda J. Latka
Email latka@dimacs.rutgers.edu
From DIMACS
Date Jan 29, 2009
Message I encountered Michael Rothkopf at several stages of my career. He bought my old bicycle when I was a graduate student at Rutgers. I worked with him in the DIMACS REU program when I was at DIMACS. I was part of a small group studying papers on auctions at Rutgers. He was a nice person and a good teacher. I am very sad that he has passed away.

 

Name Warren Briggs
Email wbriggs@suffolk.edu
From Boston, MA
Date Jan 26, 2009
Message Mike and I were classmates in the MIT/Sloan PhD program; and met often over the years at INFORMS functions. I was always impressed by his personable energy and concerns for the practical relevence of academic research and teaching. His long and tireless contributions to the profession and INFORMS publications shall have an enduring impact on many of us.

 

Name Ravi Bapna
Email rbapna@umn.edu
From University of Minnesota
Date Jan 16, 2009
Message Professor Rothkopf was a true inspiration as a scholar and a gentleman. His work on combinational auctions opened so many doors for me that I cannot even begin to describe. May his soul rest in peace.

 

Name David Reiley
Email reiley@eller.arizona.edu
From University of Arizona, and Yahoo! Research
Date Oct 20, 2008
Message Wow. I've clearly been out of the loop here at Yahoo!, because I only just learned of Mike's passing. Mike was a wonderful scholar who cared much more about learning the truth than he did about acquiring career status. He was also a wonderful, kind-hearted man. He inspired me in a way that will forever influence the direction and spirit of my life.

 

Name Chuck Goldman
Email cagoldman@lbl.gov
From Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Date May 12, 2008
Message hi laura i wanted to express my condolences regarding mike's untimely death. i worked and collaborated with him when he was at LBNL as the head of our Energy Analysis Department in the mid-1980s. He was an important mentor to me during that period as I was a young scientist. Over the years we have stayed in touch via email and when he visited California. He will be missed. His intellectual rigor, honesty, breadth of interests and knowledge, kindness, and decency as a person will be what i

 

Name Colleen Sullvan Kardum
Email ckardum@comcast.net
From Georgian Court University
Date May 02, 2008
Message Laura, you might not remember me but I worked for Mike at RUTCOR while he was editor of INTERFACES. I was looking up his address and found out he had passed away. I am so shocked and saddened. He had been on my mind recently as I watched the robins and colorful birds fly around this Spring. I remember how fond he was of them all. He was wonderful... I once shared with him my experience of Jesus and when I had my second child I named him Christopher. Mike came back with, \\\\\\\"I knew you had to

 

Name Arvind Rangaswamy
Email arvindr@psu.edu
From Arvind Rangaswamy
Date Mar 25, 2008
Message Mike had the office next door to me at Smeal. We would bump into each other regularly, either in the hallways or just dropping by each other's offices to chat. I was truly amazed at the scope and depth of his knowledge, and no matter what topic we discussed, he seemed to have an interesting anecdote to share. He was genuine in every way, and we miss him here.

 

Name Tony Kwasnica
Email kwasnica@psu.edu
From
Date Mar 20, 2008
Message Mike was a great scholar and mentor. I will miss him. His time at Penn State on this earth was far too short.

 

Name Elena Katok
Email ekatok@psu.edu
From Penn State
Date Mar 19, 2008
Message I feel privileged to have known Mike and to have had an opportunity to be his colleague. I will always remember his kindness and his wisdom.

 

Name Amy Estrada (formerly Balsam)
Email
From Rutgers
Date Mar 12, 2008
Message Professor Rothkopf was one of the kindest professors I had during my time at Rutgers. As Noahm mentioned, he had us over at his house for a barbeque which will always be one of my fondest memories of my senior year. You could tell that he thoroughly enjoyed teaching us. I went back a year later for a recruiting event and he was excited to see me. 5 years later my younger brother was lucky to have him as well. My sympathies go out to his family - he was a great man

 

Name Noahm Sharon
Email
From Rutgers University - Advanced Operations Mgt. - Cl
Date Mar 12, 2008
Message To Laura and Family: May you know no more sorrow. I will miss him too. Not only was Professor Rothkopf a great teacher, but he was a really kind person. I remember how he invited our entire class over to his home for a pizza party to celebrate our graduation from the business school. No other professor dared to organize such a friendly gesture for his students, but of course, this was his nature.

 

Name Susan Purdum
Email spurdum@psu.edu
From Sue and Charlie Purdum
Date Mar 07, 2008
Message Dr. Rothkopf's office was a few doors down from mine. He would often stop by to say hello and was sincerely interested in what we were doing within the Center for Supply Chain Research. At his first opportunity at Penn State, he sat "front row" at a Center SC leaders forum and diligently took notes! So honored to have had him here at Penn State.

 

Name Rakesh Vohra
Email r-vohra@kellogg.northwestern.edu
From
Date Mar 06, 2008
Message He will be sorely missed. Ecclesiasticus 44:1-15, says it best.

 

Name Susan H. Xu
Email shx@psu.edu
From Susan H. Xu
Date Mar 05, 2008
Message Mike is a true scholar, a great human being and a road model to others. He made significant contributions to our department during the short period he was with us. He will be forever missed and the legacy of his important work will continue.

 

Name Peggy and Dennis Lin
Email DKL5@psu.edu
From State College
Date Mar 04, 2008
Message Mike was a great friend, truly scholar and super human being. I was in his office on Friday afternoon of Feb 15th, discussed various issues, including the research impacts for the department ...my very last time to learn his wisdom. He will be missed.

 

Name Gary and Dorothy Lilien
Email GLilien@psu.edu
From State College
Date Mar 04, 2008
Message Mike was genuine, as a person and as a scholar, always true to his values and beliefs, generous with his time and his friendship. He worked on the right research problems (the problem had to be both important and real to merit his attention) and championed the right position on issues of importance, even if that position did not reward him personally. He was a superb role model for both his students and his colleagues and will be sorely missed by all of us.

 

Name Frank and Galen Chelko
Email flc105@psu.edu
From State College, PA
Date Mar 04, 2008
Message It was a pleasure to know Dr. Rothkopf. He is already missed by our department.

 

Name Andrew Davis
Email adavis@psu.edu
From State College, PA
Date Mar 04, 2008
Message Dr. Rothkopf was a terrific professor and an even better human being. I am grateful that I had the opportunity to have known him. My most sincere condolences go out to Laura.

 

Name Prudence and Skip Grenoble
Email wlg2@psu.edu
From State College, PA
Date Mar 04, 2008
Message Mike was a great addition to the supply chain team at Penn State and was a pleasure to work with. We will miss him. Laura, please accept out condolences on your loss.

 

Name Maolin & Janet Zheng
Email maolinzheng@fairisaac.com
From San Francisco, CA
Date Feb 28, 2008
Message We heard the news from a colleague this afternoon and couldn't believe it. We remember our conversation with Mike two years ago in San Francisco. We will miss him!

 

Name Alice(Carl) Harris
Email metrobug22@yahoo.com
From Rockville, MD
Date Feb 27, 2008
Message Laura, I am so sorry for your loss. I remember meeting Mike. Carl was so fond of him. My condolences to you and all the family. Alice

 

Name Xiaoyun Liu
Email xul113@psu.edu
From College of Education, Penn State
Date Feb 26, 2008
Message I will miss him.