Bernard Jerome Rouse, born April 24, 1950, in Atlanta, GA, to Bishop C. Rouse and Lula Woodbury Rouse, passed away peacefully from a courageous battle with pancreatic cancer on January 19, 2017.
Bernard Jerome Rouse, Mighty Lion Chapter founder, attended Lincoln University from fall of 1968 through fall of 1969. He was inducted as a Fellowman of Groove Phi Groove Social Fellowship in the spring of 1969, on the charter line “The Terminous Ten”. Known as the “Crooner”, Fellowman Rouse graduated Cum Laude in Chemistry from South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, SC, in 1976. While at South Carolina, he received a National Science Foundation Fellowship in Chemistry. In addition, he has attended the Computer Institute located in Rockville, MD.
He has worked as a chemist in private industry that includes varied defense contractors. He has also held a position with the federal government. His career history includes positions with the following organizations:
- E. I. DuPont
- The United States Department of Agriculture
- GEOMET Technologies/Versar/Teledyne Brown
- Battelle/Bechtel Corporation
- Battelle/EG&G/URS Corporation
In 1982, he completed the United States Navy, Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI and was commissioned. He was part of a team of the scientist responsible for the detection, removal, and monitoring of materials associated with Federal Demilitarization. He recently retired his career with Battelle Memorial Institute in 2016.
Bernard was married to Ruth Nakamura. He resided in Tooele, Utah; had five children and five lovely grandchildren.
Bernard loved his life and always tried to live his life to the fullest. He loved hiking, writing poetry, listening to music, astronomy, biking, traveling and photography. He was an active member of the Wasatch Mountain Club, Salt Lake Astronomy club and Grove Phi Grove Social Fellowship, Inc.