Irving Paul Rothberg of Easthampton died Nov. 28. He was the widower of Irene (Podhurst) Rothberg. Born on June 8, 1921 in Philadelphia, Pa., he was the son of the late Harry and Jenny Rothberg. After graduating from Northeast High School in 1939, he worked at various jobs, including at a photographic equipment store (kindling a lifelong interest in cameras and photography) while attending night classes at Temple University and the University of Pennsylvania. Following the attack on Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the Army Air Force and was assigned to the Intelligence unit of Troop Carrier Squadron S-2 Section. His unit supported the Allied invasions of Italy and France (notably, on D-Day). After the war, he attended college on the G.I. Bill, graduating from Temple University with honors and a B.S. in education from the Pennsylvania State University, earning an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Romance Languages. He was a Fulbright Scholar at the Universidad del Valle in Cali, Columbia. He served on the faculties of the University of Connecticut and Temple University before joining the faculty of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1962, starting a 30-year career in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese, where he became a full professor in 1967.  He served for a time as Department Chair, and retired in 1992. He was editor of Hispania, the scholarly journal of the American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese (AATSP), from 1966 to 1974 and served as AATSP’s vice president in 1982 and president in 1983. In 1978 King Juan Carlos of Spain awarded him the Cruz de Cabellero de la Orden del Mérito, which honors extraordinary service by Spanish and foreign citizens for the benefit of Spain. He served on the Amherst Town Meeting. He is survived by two sons, Seth Rothberg of Amherst, and Adam Rothberg and his wife, Janet, of Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.; and two granddaughters, Isabel and Maggie. He was predeceased by his sisters, Sally and Clare. Memorial contributions may be made to the JDRF Diabetes Foundation. ASCHER-ZIMMERMAN FUNERAL HOME


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