Ludwig Rebenfeld Memorial
Ludwig Rebenfeld *55, chemist and alumni volunteer, died in Princeton May 26, 2004 after a brief illness.
Hailing from the Czech Republic, Ludwig took a B.S. in chemistry from the U. of Lowell (MA) and a Ph.D. in Chemistry from Princeton. For over fifty years he worked in various capacities for TRI/Princeton (formerly Textile Research Institute) as director and president and, at the time of his death, as editor of the Textile Research Journal. From 1964 until retirement, he was also a visiting lecturer in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Princeton. In this dual role he advised a score or more dissertations of graduate students, either individually or in collaboration with members of the Princeton faculty, and taught a graduate course that exposed graduate students to the technology and science of textile fibers. In addition he was chairman of the Board of the Philadelphia University of Textiles and Science in the late 1970s. He was a widely respected textile scientist who received many awards and honors during his career, e.g. the Fiber Society Award for Distinguished Achievement in Basic or Applied Fiber Science, the Institute Medal from the Textile Institute in England (1978), the Olney Medal Award from AATCC (1987), and an honorary Doctorate of Textile Science from Philadelphia College of Textiles & Sciences in 1980.
Over the years Ludwig generously gave time and attention to Princeton, sitting on the Alumni Council and presiding as president of the Association of Princeton Graduate Alumni from 1981-1983.
Preceded in death by his wife, Ellen, Ludwig has no immediate survivors.