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Melvin  Rothbaum
Born January 5, 1926
Passed Away
 October 7, 2017

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Date: 10/29/2017

Time: 12:23:33 PM

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Jeremy and Leslie,
I was so glad to hear that you'd had the last couple of years with your dad nearby. I'm sure that was a joy to him.

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Ellin Spenser
City: Bainbridge Island
State: WA
Country: USA

Date: 10/21/2017

Time: 3:46:09 PM

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It is with deep sorrow that I learn of Mel's death. Mel was among the most civil and gentle souls I have met in my lifetime. He was also among the most modest and this despite his many, many contributions in the fields of public policy and academic. He and Janice were the most gracious of hosts and I will recall fondly down through my remaining years the delightful New Years Eve parties they held in their Urbana home.

Mel was also terribly kind and supportive of me when I worked in the Labor Education Program at the Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations. I became a junior partner in a weekly clam chowder luncheon at the Illini Union that also included Martin Wagner, Bernie Karsh, and Walter Franke. Now all of my clam chowder friends are gone, but I still hear the buzz of our conversation as we sought to solve all of the world's problems and have a laugh or two while we were at it.

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Patricia Simpson
City: Philo
State: IL
Country: USA

Date: 10/20/2017

Time: 5:23:47 PM

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To The Rothbaum Family- Was saddened to learn of your father's passing. I first became acquainted with Mel when he was Director of the Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations. He initiated the formation of a formal constituent alumni group and recruited a Board in the early 80's to give leadership to alumni activities. As the Board's first President, I was privileged to work closely with Mel and his Staff. He was a consummate professional in his field and the Institute grew under his leadership. Over the ensuing years, my wife and I socialized with Mel and Janice several times. They were a great couple. We will all miss Mel's quiet, natural way of relating to people and know that many people in Champaign-Urbana
will always miss his contributions to the community.

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Ernest L. Hoffman, Jr.
City: Bloomington
State: IL
Country: USA

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