Robert George Rosenstiel was born in Portland, Oregon on 8 April 1910. After receiving a two year degree from Southern Oregon College of Education at Ashland in 1933, he taught grade and high school at Merrill, Oregon for two years. He received a BS degree in Education in 1937 from Oregon State College. He continued his studies there, receiving a BS degree in General Science and a MS degree in Entomology in 1939. He briefly attended the University of California at Berkeley and Iowa State College at Ames before he returned to California. He received his Ph.D. in 1950 from the University of California, Berkeley.
Rosenstiel served as assistant in entomology at OSC from 1939 to 1941. From 1943 to 1946 Rosenstiel held the position of Oregon State Entomologist for the U.S. Public Health Service, headquartered in Corvallis. During 1943 and 1944, he organized the Public Health Services' program MCWA (malaria control in war areas) at Camp Adair and Camp White, Oregon. From 1945 until 1946, he was stationed in Berkeley, California where he conducted mosquito inspections and research. He returned to OSC in 1946 as Assistant Professor in the Entomology Department, and served as Associate Professor from 1952 until his retirement in 1975. Upon his retirement, he was honored with the title of Associate Professor Emeritus, a title he held until his death on 17 July 1995. His first wife, Ruth died in 1976; his second wife, Mildred and his three sons survived him. His publications included scientific papers and Experiment Station circulars and bulletins, all relating to the control of insect pests on small fruits and berries. In all he was published 26 times during his academic career.
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