Haverhill, MA — Herman “Rocky” Rochwarg died peacefully in the company of his loving family on July 19, 2013, at Haverhill Crossings Harbor Unit.
Herman was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on July 3, 1926. His mother, Pauline, father, Harry, and older brother, Nathan, preceded him in death. He is survived by his sister, Zona Schreiber and family. During his last years of life he was cared for, although he preferred to be self-sufficient, by the devoted staff of Haverhill Crossings along with his four dedicated children, Susan, John, Sally and Leah and their families, including five grandchildren that he loved dearly.
Upon his graduation from high school, Herman served in the United States Army in the Pacific during World War II.
Herman enjoyed many years of good health and family life with his wife, Irene, whom he met while they were students at Michigan State University. He went on to earn a PhD in Clinical Psychology. The subject of his thesis was in fact the aging process. He held many positions in the field of Psychology including psychologist at the Veterans Hospital in Coatesville, Pa. During the Cold War he was trained as the team leader for Systems Development Corporation (SAGE; part of our air defense system) for Brunswick Naval Air Station in Topsham, Maine. His subsequent professional work included a professorship at Northeastern University. During the latter part of his career he practiced privately in Andover, Mass.
After his retirement he went to Israel for a year. His interest in travel and meeting new people led him to the Rocky Mountains, Europe, the Caribbean and Alaska.
His love of animals was a constant in his life. Horses, dogs and cats brought him great comfort and joy. He spent many seasons gardening and enjoyed cooking for family and friends. He was an avid reader and book enthusiast. He had an adventurous spirit and most summers were spent camping and traveling with his family. Travel, art and music appreciation were passions that he followed throughout his 87 years. After living in Andover for 30 years, he chose Maine as his home during retirement. There, his love of the outdoors and all things nature gave him continued enjoyment.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to a local animal shelter or animal rescue league.