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Hamilton "Rocky" Rothrock
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Birth: Jan. 17, 1939, USA
Death: Oct. 29, 2010

Date of birth obtained from public records.

Following Published in Asbury Park Press on November 7, 2010:

HAMILTON "ROCKY" ROTHROCK
AGE: 71 HOLMDEL

On October 29th Rocky left a Russian Icebreaker and flew by helicopter where he landed and set foot upon the ice atop the Weddell Sea near the coast of Antarctica.

He walked a mile across that sea ice where he reached the Snow Hill Rookery of four thousand nesting Emperor Penguins.

He pulled out his camera to take pictures and fell back and died of a heart attack on the ice.

We believe he died of awe. His family wants to thank you for giving us that memory of you leaving this Earth doing what you loved and fulfilling a lifetime dream. You lived an epic life and died as you lived. We will truly miss you.

Rocky was a loving father and grandfather and is survived by his devoted daughter, Kristen Drusjack, her husband, Greg Drusjack and their beloved daughter, Devyn; his devoted son, Stephen Rothrock and his partner, Kristianne Connor, and her beloved daughter, Grace, and by his sister, Eve Auch, and by many others who knew and loved him for his adventurous spirit.

Rocky graduated from Yale and obtained his Doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania in Systems Engineering.

He worked for Bell Laboratories as a young man helping to pioneer the invention of voicemail and went on to develop innovative safeguards that protected the network infrastructure from terrorism and other threats for the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah - and later for the Summer Games in Athens, Greece.

He was an avid rower and member of the Navesink River Rowing Club, sailor, white water canoeist and hiker and traveled the world visiting 77 countries in his lifetime.

He was a passionate birder, and that love of birds had taken him to Antarctica to see the Emperor Penguins.

He was a former President of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth County.

On Saturday, December 11th 2010 we will be holding a Memorial Service in honor of Rocky at 4:30 pm at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Monmouth County (1475 West Front Street- Lincroft, NJ 07738).

We ask that donations be made in lieu of flowers to a charity of your choice that represents the life and loves of our father. Our father naturally would welcome any donations that celebrate the preservation of the wild beauty of this Earth.

He also was a lifetime supporter of 180 Turning Lives Around (1 Bethany Road Building 3 Suite 42- Hazlet, NJ 07730)- a local organization dedicated to women who are victims of domestic violence.

He also was a lifetime supporter of the Appalachian Mountain Club- particularly of the Echo Lake AMC Camp (AMC Echo Lake Camp PO Box 219 Mt. Desert, Maine 04660- note on check for the Rothrock Memorial) where he was well known as a naturalist and teacher of the glory of Mount Desert Island's Acadia National Park.

We truly miss him, but are equally and deeply amazed by the beauty of his death. It is rare that one can say that a death is beautiful. Rocky's death was beautiful and profound- and our family is comforted by the image of his dying in awe on the sea ice off the coast of Antarctica in front of a rookery of 4000 Emperor Penguins fulfilling a lifetime dream.

It has been said "Get busy living or get busy dying." Your memories leave no doubt as to which side of that statement you resided. Well done, Rocky. Well done. 
 
Burial:
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Created by: Stanwood
Record added: Nov 10, 2010
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Hamilton Rocky Rothrock
Added by: Stanwood
 
 
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Thank you Rocky for caring for our environment. REST IN PEACE.
- Stanwood
 Added: Nov. 10, 2010
 
 
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