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January 4, 1940 – December 30, 2022
Dr. Richard H. Rosswurm of StoneBridge, Mt. Healthy, OH, died of complications from COVID on December 30, 2022 at Jewish Hospital, Cincinnati. He was born seventh of the nine children of Glenn J. and Lucille M. (Krick) Rosswurm on 4 January 1940 at New Haven, IN. He and the love of his life, Mary Ann Herrity, were married at St. Joachim Catholic Church, Trenton, NJ, on 5 September 1964. They were blessed with three children: son Glenn J. II and daughters Elise M. Curran and Katrina M. Shirk.
Preceding Richard in death were: brother Stanley J. Rosswurm Sr., Greenfield, IN; sisters Dorothy L. Nichter, New Haven, IN, Lois A. Emenhiser, New Haven, IN, Nancy H. Hauser, Rochester, NY, and Rosemary E. Rosswurm, Ft. Wayne, IN.
Surviving Richard are: Mary Ann, his beloved wife of 58 years; his children: Glenn II, South Bend, IN; Elise Curran and Katrina Shirk, Cincinnati, OH; his grandchildren, who knew him lovingly as Pappy: Caitlín Rosswurm, Chicago; Grace Rosswurm, South Bend; Tyler Curran, Ft. Myers, FL; Josh Curran, Cincinnati; Aidan, Connor, and Riley Shirk, all Cincinnati; brother, Edwin L. Rosswurm, Albion and Churubusco, IN; sisters Sr. Barbara Jean Rosswurm, CSA, Fond du Lac, WI, and Linda M. Love, Felton, Delaware, as well as many nieces and nephews.
Learning and teaching were lifelong pursuits for Richard, who achieved the degrees of B.A. political science, St. Joseph’s College (IN) 1962; M.A. politics, Catholic University of America 1964; MSJA, University of Denver College of Law 1977; J.D., University of Cincinnati College of Law 1984; Ph.D. government and politics, University of Maryland 1973.
From 1968 to 1981, Richard was on the political science faculty at Marshall University, Huntington, WV. He left his tenured professorship to attend the University of Cincinnati College of Law as a human rights fellow. After returning to West Virginia in 1984, he held various positions in the Supreme Court Administrative Office of the Courts, always with two or more hats at the same time: judicial education and law libraries director, probation services and personnel director, administrative counsel, and chief deputy. Richard’s early retirement in 2000 brought him and Mary Ann back to Cincinnati, to be nearer their kids and grandkids.
Though at first a reluctant co-venturer with Mary Ann, Richard thoroughly enjoyed the small condo that the family owned on Lake Michigan at St. Joseph, many trips to Chicago, and traveling throughout Europe.
Multiple neuromuscular conditions contributed to a gradual decline in his mobility. But late in retirement, about 2016, Richard adopted genealogy as a passion and spent virtually all his available time and energy researching four family histories (Krick, Rosswurm, Goodin, Bowers). To his great disappointment, these histories remained unfinished.
Richard always tried to put others first, hoping to leave people and things a little better than he found them. He was a man of extraordinary integrity and compassion. He took his Catholic faith and his Church seriously, always balancing faith with reason. This provided an unshakable foundation for his deep love for — and unwavering devotion to — his family.
A Private Celebration of Life and inurnment will take place at Arlington Memorial Gardens, Mt. Healthy on January 14, 2023. There will be a Memorial Mass on Sunday, January 15, 2023, at 9:30 AM in the StoneBridge Chapel, 10290 W Mill Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45231. Memorial donations can be directed to the Pink Ribbon Girls at https://www.pinkribbongirls.org/donate or 350 Huls Dr, Clayton, OH 45315.