Richard C. Rockwell

Richard Cook Rockwell, of Tolland, Connecticut, passed away on December 27, 2018, at the age of 76. Richard was born on June 1, 1942, in Tyler, Texas.

Richard attended the University of Texas at Austin, where he obtained his Ph.D. in Sociology in 1970. He was a data archivist and a professor of sociology, and also served as a director of university institutions, including as Executive Director of the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He loved teaching young people. This was punctuated by thirteen years as program officer for the Social Science Research Council (New York).

Richard enjoyed traveling the world, from Kobe, Japan to conferences on AIDS in Africa. Richard published many works over his career, including early work on using electronic social science data in the age of the Internet, and on global environmental change. Richard also loved to learn and to read, for work and for pleasure, a love he passed down to his children.

Richard is survived by his son, Jeffrey Rockwell, and his grandchildren Gianna, Rolston, Jessica, and Tyler; his son, Stephen Rockwell; and his brother, Raymond Rockwell.

A private inurnment will be held at a later date. If desired, memorials may be made to the Social Science Research Council, 300 Cadman Plaza West, 15th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11201, USA, or online at

Published in Tyler Morning Telegraph on Jan. 12, 2019