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GERARD A. ROHLICH
Gerard A. Rohlich, retired professor of civil engineering and public affairs, died on September 16, 1983. He was 73.
Professor Rohlich was born on July 8, 1910, in Brooklyn, New York. He earned a bachelor's degree from Cooper Union School of Engineering in 1934. He received three degrees from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, a bachelor's in 1936, a master's in 1937, and a PhD in 1940.
Dr. Rohlich taught at the Carnegie Institute of Technology. During World War II, he worked with the War Department's engineering office in Washington, D.C. Following the war, Professor Rohlich was briefly associated with the ESNA Corporation. In 1946 he embarked on a long career at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.
Professor Rohlich was an internationally known authority on natural ecosystems. His expertise included industrial wastes, water supply problems, and lake and stream pollution. He carried out research that resulted in ground-breaking concepts for oil-water separation, sludge digestion, eutrophication of surface waters, and activated sludge wastewater treatment. Professor Rohlich helped draft one of the country's first laws to protect the aquatic environment, the Wisconsin Water Resources Act.
Professor Rohlich joined The University of Texas at Austin in 1972 as C. W. Cook Professor of Environmental Engineering and professor in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. He officially retired from the University in 1980, but then taught one course each semester in civil engineering and public affairs until 1983.
Professor Rohlich was recognized by numerous organizations. He was awarded the Gordon Maskew Fair Medal and the Harrison Prescott Eddy Medal from the Water Pollution Control Federation. He also earned the Fuller Award from the American Water Works Association and the Karl Emil Hilgard Hydraulic Prize from the American Society of Civil Engineers.
Dr. Rohlich was elected to the National Academy of Engineering in 1970, and he chaired the joint National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Engineering Committee on the Potomac Estuary. At the time of his death, he was a member of the Science Advisory Board of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
A special tribute, "Gerard A. 'Gerry' Rohlich, Scholar, Professional Engineer, Gentleman," was published in April 1999 in Environmental Engineer, a publication of the American Academy of Environmental Engineers.
Professor Rohlich was survived by his wife, the former Mary Elizabeth Murphy, and their ten children.
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
Biographical sketch prepared by Teresa Palomo Acosta and posted on the Faculty Council web site on January 18, 2001. Additional biographical sources can be found in the UT Office of Public Affairs.