Friday, March 11, 2005


I'm very sad to hear that Kelly Rothenberg passed away at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta on March 7th. His wife Maureen let us know. Kelly had health problems worsened by a stroke a couple years back. This time his heart couldn't take the strain of a second stroke. Kelly was younger than me and I'll always remember him as a gentle soul, an honest and hard-working writer. He was a stubborn cuss, too, and sometimes we'd argue about POD and iUniverse and all kinds of related things. Kelly had written a lot of nonfiction for Magill's and other reference guides, in addition to his fiction. Although we had been in constant touch during his first stroke, when he'd been in the hospital here in Tallahassee, we'd fallen out of touch since, which I very much regret. He lived in Valdosta, Georgia, and we never had a free moment to visit him and his wife, although they visited us several times.

Our prayers are with his wife, Maureen, and the rest of his family. He died still doing what he loved: writing. No matter what the setbacks, Kelly kept on writing. I admire him for that. The last entry on his website reads, "02-11-05: Making a few slight changes to the website ... Getting ready to work on several fiction pieces as well as some more book reviews for Magill."


PS If you knew Kelly--several people in the horror community did--and you'd like to see about contributing to Kelly's favorite charity in his honor, you can query at this email:


At 6:04 AM, Anonymous Maureen Puffer-Rothenberg said...

Thanks Jeff.

Donations in Kelly's memory can be made to:

Adult Congenital Heart Program, Emory University Hospital
c/o Jason C. Chandler
Director of Development, Department of Medicine
Emory University School of Medicine
1440 Clifton Road, Suite 116
Atlanta, GA 30322

At 9:25 PM, Blogger Pith Helmet said...

I am so sorry to hear this. Kelly was one of the best friends I had during grad school. We lost touch over the years. I tried his old web site, found it down, googled his name and found this. Damn. Just damn. He was definitely one of the finest souls and most brilliant minds I've ever run across. I don't know what to say other than he will be missed.


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