Monmouth University mourns the passing of dedicated colleague and University benefactor Robert M. Rechnitz, Ph.D., who died peacefully on Oct. 12 at the age of 89. A professor of English and American literature, Dr. Rechnitz taught at Monmouth for more than 30 years and was named Professor Emeritus in 1996. In 2001, he was recognized with the Maurice Pollak Award for Distinguished Community Service at the University’s Founders’ Day celebration and convocation.
Along with his wife, Monmouth alumna Joan Rechnitz ’84 ’12HN, Dr. Rechnitz established a legacy of philanthropy that extends throughout the Monmouth County region and into many areas of the University. Their generosity has supported internship opportunities for students, academic programs, and Monmouth’s Center for the Arts and Urban Coast Institute. The creation of Rechnitz Hall, Monmouth’s premier instructional space and gallery for art and design, the Urban Coast Institute’s Marine Science and Policy Initiative, and the Endowed Chair in Marine and Environmental Law and Policy are all a direct result of the Rechnitzes’ philanthropic commitment.
The Monmouth University community extends its heartfelt condolences to the entire Rechnitz family. Dr. Rechnitz’s contributions to education, the arts, the environment, health care, and more have enhanced the lives of many and will undoubtedly serve generations of students and community members for years to come.
A public memorial service will be held at Two River Theater on Sunday, Nov. 17 at noon. Additional details will be announced on the theater’s website.