Frank Rosenblatt ( 1928-1971) was a research scientist and a teacher. He was most active in work for peace. Dr. Rosenblatt was also a leader in the Cornell University community and a great friend to his students. He died in a boating accident on his forty-third birthday.
In paying tribute to Frank Rosenblatt, I could say little from any direct personal knowledge of what he did. I write of him principally from what I know of his influence on other people.
As I tried to define his character, I concluded that it was angelic. Not angelic according to that view of angels in which they are seen as vague and uncommitted beings, but to another in which they are seen as beings of absolute moral and intellectual commitment.
Frank spent little time passing moral judgment on other people. He acted like someone who had decided that he would do what he could to eliminate the evil and distress that arise from ignorance and false knowledge, and leave the passing of moral judgments to others. Following that decision, his commitment was complete.
Frank was a brother to the members of his family, to the members of the faculty at Cornell, to the students, to the land, to all things of creation. Even in his death he left no person to carry blame. He died by things he loved and left them unblamed -- the unseen wind and the waiting sea.