The Rothenberg family, 2005.
I met Winnie Rothenberg the first time our graduate school cohort gathered for a seminar. Something about her seemed familiar. She was 20+ years older than the rest of us. It took most of the evening before I realized that I had gone to college with her eldest daughter (with whom I share a first name and the first four letters of my last name but none of the brilliance that has made her a star scientist). After teaching high school history, Winnie had returned to get a PhD in American Civilization at Brandeis. As I got to know her, I came to appreciate her intellectual curiosity, her seriousness of purpose, her kind heart, and her excellent cooking. Forty years later, I still do. Associate Professor of Economic History at Tufts University since 1986 and a highly respected scholar, she is still teaching in her mid-80s. She still lives with her beloved husband Jerry, a retired M.I. T. economist, in the big old Victorian where they raised their three children. And she still never lets me leave her house without at least one question about my work, one perfect piece of fruit, and a warm hug.
-Ellen K. Rothman