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Passing: George Romoser, Professor Emeritus of Political Science

February 9, 2011

George Kenneth Romoser, professor emeritus of political science, died on Feb.1, 2011 after a long period of failing health. A memorial service will be held on Feb. 12, at 4 p.m.at the Community Church in Durham.

Romoser was born in Kingston ,N.Y. Sept. 14, 1929, the son of the Rev. Carl Romoser and his wife Alva Romoser, nee  Becker.  

He joined the faculty at UNH in 196, retiring in 1996. Prior to coming to UNH, Romoser taught at Ohio State University, Connecticut College, Johns Hopkins University School for  Advanced International Studies( Bologna, Italy), the Universities of Mainz (Germany), Munich (Germany), Mannheim (Germany),  Freiburg (Germany), Bowdoin College, and the University of Pennsylvania.

His publications include studies on the German resistance to the Nazi regime in the Third Reich, on the “conservative revolution” of the Weimar period in Germany, on political thought in the 20th century, on Heidegger and Politics, and more recently, on West German Politics in the 8os and 90s.

Romoser was the co-founder and longtime chairman of the Conference Group on German Politics (CGGP), an independent national organization of scholars interested in German affairs.

He initiated and administered Internship programs for non-German graduate students in the German Parliament and various State Parliaments. These advanced study programs, designated “Emigre’ Memorial Internship Programs” in  honor of the  contributions of emigrants from Europe during the Nazi era,  have enabled some 300 seniors and graduate students to pursue  academic or other professional work related to German affairs.

Romoser studied at Rutgers University and the University of Chicago, receiving M.A and Ph.D. degrees from the latter with a major in Political Science and a minor in cultural history. He studied with, among others, Arnold Bergstraesser, Hans J.Morgenthau and Leo Strauss.

For the New Hampshire Council on the Humanities, he was co-director of the project  “Portsmouth at the Crossroads”, concentrating on citizen perceptions of development and change during the  1980s.

Romoser was known for his  wit, curiosity and love of travel. 

He is survived by his wife Mechthild (von Tresckow), his daughters Alexandra Boudette and Valerie Manchester, two sons-in-law, five grandchildren, nephews and nieces.

In lieu of flowers,  donations for a scholarship fund for political science students are welcome. Checks payable to” UNH  Foundation”, ( in memo: Caroline Gross Prize in memory of G.K. Romoser) may be sent to University Advancement, Elliot  Alumni Center, 9 Edgewood Rd, Durham, N.H.03824.

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