Former Provost Fred Rossini Passes Away

November 29, 2011Print-Friendly Version

By Erin Cushing

Former Mason Provost Fred Rossini passed away on Nov. 15 in Athens, Ga. He was 72 years old.

Rossini served Mason as vice provost from August 1989 to December 1991. He returned in January 1993 to serve as provost until August 1996. He then taught at Mason for another year.

After he left Mason, Rossini moved to Athens, where he served as treasurer for the Fund for Southern Communities and president of the Board of Citizen Advocacy of Athens-Clarke. He also taught mediation in prisons and helped to establish a Zen Space in Athens.

Rossini received a BS in physics from Spring Hill College and a PhD in physics from the University of California, Berkeley. Rossini wrote or cowrote 10 books and more than 75 articles.

A celebration of his life will be held in Athens on Saturday, Dec. 10, from 2 to 5 p.m. For more information, email Donations can be made in his name to the Fund for Southern Communities or Citizen Advocacy Athens-Clarke.

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  1. Don M. Boileau says on:

    One of my faculty members came to my office one day to ask, “Should I be concerned? The Provost just dropped by my office.” Fred had just been to his office to talk with him about his research and peace-making work in Cyprus. I told him to be honored. Fred had told him that he should keep up the work. My faculty member later won two Fulbright grants for the work.

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