Howard Martin Rosenfeld

Howard Martin Rosenfeld passed away Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital in Lawrence, Kansas, after a brief, but valiant battle with cancer. He was 78 years old. Services will be held on Sunday, September 23, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, Lawrence, Kansas.

Howard was born on March 25, 1934, in Portland, Oregon, the son of Benjamin Rosenfeld and Miriam (Dubiver) Rosenfeld. He attended Grant High School and then went to Stanford University where he earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with highest distinction in 1956. From there, he ventured east to attend the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor where he received his Masters in Psychology in 1958 and his Doctorate in Social Psychology in 1961.

It was in Ann Arbor where Howard met Beverly Glick who charmed and won his head and heart, and after getting married there and honeymooning in the Bahamas, they moved to Lawrence, Kansas, where he was hired as an Assistant Professor of Psychology and as Research Associate in the Bureau of Child Research at the University of Kansas, and then became a full professor in the Departments of Psychology and Human Development. His honors included Phi Beta Kappa; National Woodrow Wilson Fellowship; National Science Foundation Graduate Fellowship; NIMH Special Research Fellowship; and Fellow, American Psychological Association. He was also a member of the Society of Experimental Social Psychology, the Society for Research in Child Development, the American Association of University Professors, the KUEA Chancellor’s Club and the Lawrence Jewish Community Center. In addition, during his tenure at the University of Kansas, his extensive research was widely published in professional and academic journals.

Howard was known not only for his academic prowess, but his droll sense of humor – quick with a limerick, a pun, a good joke – and also his skills in ping-pong and Scrabble. He enjoyed hiking in the woods and on mountains, finding beauty in nature and wildlife, and capturing it through his amazing photographs. He was a talented musician and an avid fan of the arts, enjoying everything from Woody Guthrie to Woody Allen, Brubeck to the Beatles, Chagall to Chihuly and Kurt Vonnegut to Jules Feiffer.

Howard enjoyed traveling, and especially loved spending time in Carmel Valley and walking the beach with Beverly and his beloved Sheltie dog, Minnie.

But most of all, he was delighted and inspired by family and friends, near and far.

He was preceded in death by his parents and older brother Lloyd.

He is survived by his wife, Beverly (Lawrence); daughter Shelle Rosenfeld and son-in-law Jeff Kuhr (Lawrence); daughter Lisa Rosenfeld (Chandler, AZ); daughter Jessica Rosenfeld (Albany, CA); and his grandchildren: Gabrielle, Jeremy, Joshua, Genevieve and Jacoby Geenen (Chandler, AZ), Noam Rosenfeld (Albany, CA), as well as many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to the Lawrence Jewish Community Center and/or The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, care of the Rumsey-Yost Funeral Home, P.O. Box 1260, Lawrence, Kansas 66044.

Messages & Condolences

From Ruthie unz...

Dear Beverly
I am so sorry and shocked to learn of Howie’s death.
I am with you in my thoughts.
Sending you my love.
Ruthie Unz
6 Anna Frank st.
Ramat Gan

From Saunny Scott...

To the family of Howard Rosenfeld,
My sincere condolences to all of you. I very much appreciate the many years I had to know Howard. He will be greatly missed.
Saunny Scott

From Carol Taylor-Johnson...

Very sad to hear of your loss. Will be praying for strength for your family. Your home and family were always a warm and pleasant place as a kid. Take care.


sorry to hear the lost of your love one .howard at lawrence athletic club wnere in the locker room we would have a brief conversation. always pleasant never complain. i will sure miss him in the gym.

From Thomas Wheat...

Howard was an enjoyable, engaging, and invigorating man to know, at the University or in any situation. I liked him a lot.
I’m very sorry for your loss.

From Marty Olson...

I will miss Howard’s delightful presence. His wit and input were always welcome when he and I had a chance to visit with him. I deeply appreciated his patronage as a client and collector. Peace.

From Jim and Sonia Ann Juola...

We are both really sad to learn of the loss of such a special person and dear friend as Howie.
Beverly, we can only imagine the profound sense of loss that you are experiencing, and hope that the support of your family and friends will provide you with the strength that you need at this hardest of all times. with our deepest sympathy.

From Kristie Linkugel...

There once was a man on my block
Who brought light to my life as a tot
Long all my memories shall be
Like his love of a sheltie
His good life will not be forgot

Keeping all of you in my thoughts.

From Judy and Dan Batson...

Dan and I were shocked and saddened at the news of Howie’s death. Our deepest sympathies to Bev and the rest of the family.

From Peggy G French...

Beverly, Shelle, Lisa, & Jessica,I remember house sitting for you, several pleasant months in 1978, when you were all in Israel. Suzi, your sheltie at that time, kept me company. My heart goes out to you in your great loss. I wish you comfort & healing. Warm vibes from Peggy French.

From Greg & Sam Springer...

With deepest sympathy in the passing of Howard you all are in our hearts and thoughts in the days to come. Take care of yourselves and try to be strong.

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