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Gerald Russell Rouse ’58

Published in Oct. 21, 1998, issue

Gerald Rouse died Mar. 29, 1998, in Ithaca, N.Y., where he had lived since 1958, having moved there after graduation to pursue his doctorate in high energy physics at Cornell. Gerry spent his career at Cornell, where he was instrumental in building the Cornell Electron-Positron Storage Ring (CESR), an electron-positron collider funded by the Natl. Science Foundation. His responsibilities included management of the linked computers and hundreds of other components that kept the alignment of CESR within the microscopic tolerances necessary for it to function. That combination of scientific knowledge and practical management absorbed this talented scientist until shortly before his death.

Gerry prepared at Merchantville [N.J.] H.S. At Princeton, he majored in physics, played JV basketball, and joined Dial Lodge.

Gerry's love for music was manifested at his numerous parties and events that drew musicians and music lovers from all walks of life. He also was an accomplished chef. Hiking in the mountains and photographing them was yet another avocation. His memorial service this July was yet another "Rouse House" music party at his residence.

Gerry leaves behind his son Andrew; Leila, his wife of 20 years and close friend for 15 more years; and his loving partner of 20 years, Virginia Sprague. To all of them the class extends its deepest sympathy.

The Class of 1958

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Mark Wilson Says:

2014-04-23 13:57:16

Thinking of Gerry after all these years today. I do miss him; he taught me so much about how to live happily.
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