WOODS HOLE – John Dale Roslansky, 77, died Saturday at his home after an illness with cancer. Dr. Roslansky was born in Lakefield, Minn. He entered Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn., as a member of the Navy V-12 officer training program. He was identified as the outstanding academic student in the program and was also an excellent athlete, posting a time in the half-mile that was within one second of Olympic times. He graduated in 1948 and completed his master’s degree at Corvallis, Ore.In 1952 he took a summer course at Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, where his lab partner was Priscilla Fenn. They married in 1953 and moved to Berkeley, Calif., where he completed his doctorate in 1956.
Dr. Roslansky accepted a postdoctorate at Princeton University then took a fellowship at Carlsberg laboratory in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 1959 to 1960. He then became an assistant professor of zoology at the University of Illinois in Champaign, Ill.In 1963, he moved to Woods Hole and took a research position at Marine Biological Laboratory. From 1968 to 1969, he was an exchange professor at the University of Homburg in Homburg, Germany.
In addition, he pursued a career as a real estate investor and developer. He was editor in chief for the Nobel Conferences at Gustavus Adolphus from 1965 to 1975. He published 10 books and played a key role in establishing the conferences.
An avid traveler, he and his family traveled extensively throughout Europe and the United States. After retiring, he and his wife visited such places as China, Cuba, Russia and Siberia.
Survivors include his wife of nearly 50 years, Priscilla Fenn Roslansky, four children, Louise Grosslein, John Wallace Roslansky, William Fenn Roslansky, Clara Ruth Roslansky Hulburt, a brother, Marvin of Racine, Wis. a sister, Donna Mae Schmalz of Los Osos, Calif. and eight grandchildren. A memorial service is at 11 a.m. Friday at Church of the Messiah, Church Street, Woods Hole, followed by burial in Churchyard Cemetery, Woods Hole.
Memorial donations may be made to Woods Hole Public Library, Woods Hole, MA 02543.