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July 24, 1958 ~ May 27, 2017 (age 58)
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Message from Adam Hall
May 31, 2017 12:47 PM

Dr. Roger Kautz was a dedicated scientist for many years at Northeastern University. His humor, remarkable talent and life lessons will be sorely missed. Most importantly, my heart goes out to his wife and children at this very difficult time.
Message from Mary Jo Ondrechen
June 2, 2017 3:14 PM

We have lost a terrific scientist and wonderful colleague. Roger was a very caring member of our community who contributed tremendous knowledge and advice. I miss Roger (my fellow Reed alum) and our conversations, both about science and in fun. It was less than a year ago that we hiked around the lake in Ashland at the department picnic, talking about all kinds of topics, both scientific and non-scientific. He was a Renaissance Man, a rare breed. My heart goes out to Roger's wife and children.
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A candle was lit by Kiran Vemuri on June 5, 2017 6:30 PM
Message from Kiran Vemuri
June 5, 2017 6:32 PM

Roger was a brilliant scientist.
He will be missed - as a colleague and as a friend
Message from George O'Doherty
June 5, 2017 6:52 PM

A very sad ending to a wonderfully fulfilling life, from which Roger was able to extract the most. Roger was deaply committed to his two families, the one at home and the other at Northeastern. I know he was very proud of both, and will be dearly missed by both!
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A candle was lit by Fei Jia on June 5, 2017 7:24 PM
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Message from Simion Kreimer
June 5, 2017 11:24 PM

Professor Kautz was a always a friendly figure on the Northeastern campus and would brighten my day every time our paths crossed. He will be dearly missed.
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A candle was lit by Yu Li on June 6, 2017 1:12 AM
Message from Mark Muenter
June 6, 2017 8:52 AM

Although I did not interact much with Dr. Kautz as a graduate student at NEU, I knew he was an excellent scientist with a huge heart. I do remember as I was waiting to defend my PhD dissertation, Dr. Kautz walked down the hall outside Hurtig 126 and stopped to say hello and said... "Best of luck to you- this is your day -remember that and you will do well... gettting to this point was the challenge- today is just about you and the great work you've accomplished- best of luck!" I'll always remember this great advice from Dr. Kautz and as a recent graduate of NEU, I am honored to have been part of the same community as Dr. Kautz was. My condolences to the Kautz family during this difficult time. May you all find the strength to get through and cherish all the memories you've made forever. Rest well and easy, Dr. Kautz.
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A candle was lit by Robert N Hanson on June 6, 2017 9:12 AM
Message from Richard Pumphrey
June 6, 2017 10:11 AM

Rest in peace Roger. You were a true friend and a wonderful colleague. My family and I will always keep you and your family in our prayers.
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A candle was lit by Richard Pumphrey on June 6, 2017 10:11 AM
Message from Northeastern
June 6, 2017 3:05 PM

I hired Rogerin behalf of recently-retired Professor Barry Karger. He was traine in spectroscopy by Professor Jonathan Sweedler of the University of Illinois. He as a brilliant scientist and a good friend, I was sorry to watch him slowly die and I miss him dearly. RIP Roger.
Geoffrey Davies
Message from William Devine
June 6, 2017 5:49 PM

As scientists, we frequently build relationships with those around us as colleagues, mentors, and friends. Roger undoubtedly to me will stand out amongst all others as an inciteful mentor and dear friend. My deepest thoughts for his wife and children.
Message from Ira and Erica Krull
June 6, 2017 9:22 PM

Dear Kautz Family: I/we knew Roger ever since he first came to Northeastern. He was a wonderful colleague, friend and associate, with whom I interacted on hundreds of occasions, always pleasant and rewarding. He was a dear person, always cheerful, always friendly, always supportive and willing to help and console. He will be sorely missed, in many ways, including his ability to take "official" photos of Institute or Chemistry activities, programs, socials, seminars and so forth. Our deepest condolences are extended to the family. It is everyone's loss who ever knew Roger!
Message from Rein KIrss
June 7, 2017 7:37 AM

I am grateful to have worked with Roger for 20 years. He was always willing to take the time to solve my problems, large or small. He was always cheerful when helping students. I know that he will not be forgotten.
Message from Cara Shockley
June 8, 2017 5:41 PM

Rest in peace Roger - my fellow Bay Area native. You were a wonderful colleague and friend as well. In 9 years, I learned something new from Roger every time we ran into one another. The Kautz family is in my thoughts.
Message from Carolyn Lee-Parsons
June 10, 2017 7:04 PM

Roger was one of the first people to welcome me to Northeastern and to work with me on a natural product project. He is full of energy, bright ideas, and life. I ran into Roger a few months ago on the train and he shared about an idea for a proposal he was working on - he was energized and animated as he talked about it - it made me think of all the energy and life he gave to all that he did. Roger lived life fully and energetically. Many thanks, Roger - you are an inspiration and you are missed. I send my deepest condolences and thoughts to his wife, son and daughter - no words are adequate - sending my thoughts and prayers. Sincerely, Carolyn Lee-Parsons
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A candle was lit by Carolyn Lee-Parsons on June 10, 2017 7:05 PM
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