In Memoriam: Hans Roehrig, PhD

Hans Roehrig, professor emeritus of radiology and optical sciences, died on July 2. He was 85.

In 1972, Roehrig joined the University of Arizona as a research associate professor in the Department of Radiology, now the Department of Medical Imaging in the College of Medicine – Tucson, and the Optical Sciences Center, now called the James C. Wyant College of Optical Sciences. Demonstrating a passion for image quality and medical imaging display research, Roehrig was promoted to professor in 1990 and continued to be a vital part of the department's research efforts until his retirement in 2012.

Dr. Roehrig was a pioneer and perhaps the world-expert in the assessment of electronic computer displays for medical imaging. As radiology transitioned from film to digital, he was the go-to person for industry and academic collaborators to give his “stamp-of-approval” on a given display.

Dr. Roehrig published numerous book chapters, scientific articles and presented nearly 100 invited papers and scientific exhibits. His research works have garnered nearly 1,100 citations. Dr. Roehrig was actively involved in the International Society for Optics and Photonics (SPIE), serving as conference chair for 16 years as well as journal editor and instructor. He was also very well-known at the American Association for Physicists in Medicine and the Radiological Society of North America. He generously shared his passion for display precision and served as a mentor for many students and junior faculty during his UArizona career.

Dr. Roehrig is fondly remembered for his easy smile and charming sense of humor.  He is survived by his wife, Teresa, their son Alex, daughter-in-law Amanda and grandson, Enzo.

The funeral service for Hans Roehrig will be held on Friday, July 31st, 2020 at 9:00a Pacific Standard Time. Due to COVID-19, in-person participation is unfortunately strictly limited, so we invite you to participate through Zoom (see information below). The funeral service will also be recorded and can be made available to those unable to attend per Zoom.

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Tribute Wall: Due to the logistical challenges with Zoom, we unfortunately won’t be able to offer participants the opportunity to speak at the funeral service. However, below is a link to a tribute wall that we invite you to leave thoughts or other comments – Tribute Wall for Hans Roehrig:!/Tr...

 Dr. Roehrig's family has set up a student research scholarship fund in his honor.  Under "Tribute Information (optional)" specify that the gift is "in memory of" and input "Hans Roehrig" (tributee first name and last name).

Release Date: 
07/09/2020 - 12:15pm