UM-Dearborn professor emerita Marilynn Rosenthal died Aug. 9

August 16, 2007

Rosenthal

DEARBORN / Aug. 16, 2007---Marilynn Rosenthal, professor emerita of sociology at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, died Aug. 9 of cancer. She was 77 years old.

“Her participation in the academic life of both the Ann Arbor and Dearborn campuses has made Professor Rosenthal an important link between the two campuses,” the U-M Regents said in the announcement of her appointment to professor emerita in 2003. “Professor Rosenthal has maintained a superb program of research that has made her an internationally recognized expert in health care systems. She is widely published in the areas of medical mishaps and health policy issues and has received many honors and awards for her work.”

Rosenthal served as director of the Health Policy Studies program at UM-Dearborn for more than a decade, and served as associate director of the U-M Medical School's Society and Medicine Program. She had coordinated the University of Michigan Forum on Health Policy since 1994 and was part of the medical school liberal arts program for premedical students.

Rosenthal's primary research interests were in comparative health care systems, physician self-regulation, and medical malpractice. Her research has been published in numerous books, journals, and articles. She also had been a visiting scholar, fellow or professor at institutions such as Columbia University, Dartmouth University, Oxford University and Harvard University.

Rosenthal was active in organizing conferences and had been a long-standing member and a chair of the Medical Affairs Advisory Committee to the University of Michigan Vice President for Medical and Health Affairs. She also served on a variety of other university committees.

She received numerous awards, including the Michigan Association of Governing Bodies Distinguished Faculty Award, the UM-Dearborn Distinguished Faculty Research Award, and the U-M Faculty Recognition Award for her research, service and teaching. Her book, The Incompetent Doctor, won a 1995 Baxter Distinguished Submission Award. In 2002, Rosenthal received the Faculty Member of the Year Award from UM-Dearborn's Alumni Society.

Rosenthal earned a bachelor’s degree at Wayne State University and her master’s and doctoral degrees at U-M Ann Arbor. She joined the UM-Dearborn faculty as an assistant professor in 1976 and was promoted to associate professor in 1982 and professor in 1988. In 2002, she was appointed adjunct professor of internal medicine.

Survivors include her daughter, Helen; son-in-law Carmen Marino; and her grandchildren, Madeleine and Alexandra.

The family will be sitting shiva on Aug. 16 and Aug. 17 from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. A memorial service will be held at the Michigan League in Ann Arbor on Sunday, Aug. 19 at 9:30 a.m.

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