The Rohm Professorship in Oceanographic Education

Alice Rohm was born in Chicago and moved to California at 17. After her husband's death and her own retirement as postmistress of Petrolia, Calif., she moved to Eugene. In the early 1980s she began a friendship with Oregon State University that lasted until her death in 1989.

Although Mrs. Rohm did not attend OSU, she was proud that her cousin Ken Teter did, and that he was the first member of the family to have attended college. Her interests included music, Native American culture, athletics, books and libraries, the education of young people, and oceanography. She visited the campus often, made a number of generous gifts, and derived great enjoyment from contact with members of the faculty and administration, as well as with students to whom she provided scholarship support.

In her will, Alice Rohm left OSU funds for the Arnold and Alice Rohm memorial fund that became the basis for establishing the Rohm Professorship in Oceanographic Education in 1991.


Rob Wheatcroft

Rob WheatcroftA member of the Oregon State faculty since 1998, Rob Wheatcroft has been the Rohm Professor in Oceanographic Education since 2012. He is head of the Earth Systems program, one of three areas of concentration in the Earth Sciences major.

His areas of research have included "bioturbation," or the interaction between bottom-dwelling ocean animals and sediment, and the transfer of sediment and other materials between land and ocean.

Wheatcroft earned his doctorate in oceanography from the University of Washington. He also holds bachelor's and master's degrees in geology from The College of Wooster and University of Georgia, respectively.


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