N. Phillip Rosenthal-Ross
After Oxon Hill High School, I went to the University of Maryland at College Park, played clarinet in the marching band and managed to get a BS in Zoology in 1964. After a few years of doing nothing special, in 1966 I took a position with the Department of Defense on Okinawa, Japan. Really enjoyed Okinawa and developed an interest in Japanese culture as well as scuba diving in the China Sea. Decided I wanted to be a marine biologist so I returned to the US and enrolled in summer school at the Scripts Institute in La Jolla, California. Completed courses in Oceanography and Marine biology and was about to be hired by the Navy Oceanographic Labs in San Diego as a marine biologist when Mr. Johnson froze all federal hiring. Came back to Maryland for a job, as there appeared to be none in San Diego. In October 1968 met a beautiful girl Nina at a dance; we got married in June 1968. We have two Children Carolyn who is a Lawyer for the Public Defenders office in Baltimore County and Jennifer who is an endocrinologist presently doing clinical research at the U of Florida Medical School in Miami. Also have three beautiful granddaughters Monika, Tessa and Alana ages four-years, two-years and one-year.
After getting married, decided to go back to graduate school. I received my MS degree in biology from the University of Maryland in 1969. I had to take a probability and statistics course form the math department for the MS and really found it interesting so I continued in graduate school at U of MD and received a PhD in statistics from the University of Maryland in 1973. Since then, I have worked for a few federal agencies and finally ended up at the Environmental Protection Agency where I became the Chief Statistician for the Agency. Retired from EPA in 2006 to take a job with the National Academies of Science as the Chief of the Statistics Department at the US/Japan Radiation Effects Research Foundation in Hiroshima, Japan. I am finishing up my third year at the Foundation and will be returning to the US this fall. Not sure what is next, but we plan to spend time in Bethesda and time with our children and grandchildren as well as travel.