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Adam Rosenberg, '74, discusses the finer points of applied mathematics with Mrs. Edna Katz and some of her honors math students
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Mix Math and Cross-Country and you get Adam Rosenberg

19 July 2002

"Stay true to your school" is a motto well used by Cheltenham alumni at reunions and the occasional Homecoming football game. However, few graduates of Cheltenham High School match the loyalty and giving of Adam Rosenberg from the class of 1974. Adam's dedication to his alma mater brings him back to Cheltenham twice a year to interact with and inspire the students of today "to preserve what we can of what we had. If I'm going to spend so much time and energy cursing the darkness, then it's only fair that I spend some time and energy lighting a few candles along the way."

Adam was the definition of a scholar-athlete as a student. At Cheltenham he was involved in mathematics, computers, the math team, and the cross-country team as well as being on the debating team and the photography crew for El Delator. He took two Math Olympiad exams, won or placed well in several computer contests of area-wide and national scope, earned five sports letters and won the cross-country team's first Most Improved Runner award. This placed him in excellent position to continue with his education, graduating with honors from Princeton and then earning his MS and Ph.D. in Operations Research from Stanford. His professional career has included designing systems for Bell Telephone and Northwest Airlines, teaching at the University of Minnesota and writing a book for McGraw-Hill.

What sets Adam apart is that he can still be found in a Cheltenham classroom as a guest lecturer. At least once a year, he returns to the honors math classes where he began his career to show how he applied his education to create a rewarding career. Now he encourages current students to follow his example. The "Adam Math Day" at Cheltenham has persisted yearly through over twenty years and through three different Math department heads, so it is a genuine tradition.

Mrs. Edna Katz, the current chair of Cheltenham High's Math department, agrees. "Adam Rosenberg tells the students what it is to be a working mathematician. His emphasis in coming back to the school is to reinforce that the programs in math and English communication that he got while at Cheltenham has made him a successful and well to do businessman."

Adam's enthusiasm extends to his athletic experience at Cheltenham High School, particularly the cross-country program. Not only is he a supporter of the Mike Berry Scholarship, he returns every year for the alumni races. "I'm still an active runner thirty years after joining our cross country team in 1972 May. I owe much of that to Tom Sexton and his cross-country program." He still continues to run races around North America, but makes the Scholarship alumni race enough of a priority that he is one of two alumni who has run in all sixteen.

"Cheltenham gave me something magic and wonderful and I feel an urgency to fan the flames of that attitude," Adam explains. "I want the students to share some of my joy in being a professional 'industrial mathematician,' as I call myself, and I want them to see a little more clearly that there are people who practice and enjoy what their teachers preach so well."

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