Michael H. Rothkopf

Date of Birth:  May 20, 1939

Date of Death February 18, 2008


Mike was an Applied Mathematical Modeler who studied and wrote about

Auctions and Bidding since 1965. Most recently he was a Chaired Business

School Professor at Pennsylvania State University. He had been a Business

School Faculty Member specializing in Operations Research at Rutgers

University since 1988. He worked in Industry for 24 years at Shell, Xerox

PARC and the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory. His undergraduate degree was

a BS in math from Pomona College, then an MS in Business Management and

PhD in Operations Research from MIT. He was editor of Interfaces and

president of INFORMS. He has consulted, been an expert witness, and

written widely on auctions.


Mike was a life member of the Audubon Society and as such an avid bird

watcher having recently identified his 1000th bird species. He loved

world travel, most recently completing trips to South Africa where he led

a People to People Ambassador Program. Staying fit was a priority and so

he kept up a rigorous routine of a daily one mile swim. 


Mike is survived by his loving wife Laura L. Rothkopf; his son Allan

Rothkopf and his wife Sylvie of Paris France; a daughter Ann Rothkopf; a

step-daughter Kim Borluca and her husband Erol and their children Madison,

Jacob and Noah of Easton, PA: and a step-son William Morris and his wife

Sharon and their children Tyler and Cassidy of Middletown, NJ.


Mike was a very generous man and his generosity was extended into death as

an organ donor.