Alan Mitchell Stolzenberg, 64, of Morgantown, passed away peacefully on Sunday, December 23, 2018, surrounded by his wife and children. He was born in Pittsburgh, PA, to the late Irving Stolzenberg and Ferne Fiedler. After Irving passed away, Alan was lovingly raised by his mother and stepfather, the late Edmond Siegel.
Alan met his future wife, Merle, in kindergarten, although they did not begin dating until their last year at Peabody High School. Alan and Merle attended the University of Chicago together, graduating in 1976 and marrying in 1977. Alan completed a PhD in Chemistry at Stanford University and a post-doctorate at the University of California Berkeley. Alan taught at Brandeis University from 1982 until 1988, when he joined the WVU faculty.
Alan was proud of his contributions to the WVU and Morgantown communities. He served as Faculty Senate Chair and then Faculty Secretary; led the WVU Phi Beta Kappa Society for many years and served on committees at the national level; and was an active member of the Tree of Life Congregation. He will be remembered for his warmth, generosity, sense of humor, and encyclopedic knowledge on many topics.
He is survived by Merle; children Emily, Jackie and Stephen; son-in-law Matthew; sisters Sheryl and Risa; and grandsons Eli and Jesse.
Visitation will be held at Dering-Henson Funeral Home, 156 Foundry Street, Morgantown, on Wednesday, December 26, from 12-1 pm. The funeral service will begin at 1 pm, followed by burial at Beverly Hills Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Alan's memory to the WVU Cancer Institute Comfort Fund, which provides financial assistance to cancer patients struggling to afford treatment and related expenses. Donations can be made online at WVUCancer.org/give or by mailing a check payable to the WVU Foundation with Comfort Fund on the memo line to PO Box 1650, Morgantown, WV 26507-1650.
Caring services are provided by Dering-Henson Funeral Home.
Alan passed on December 23, 2018
Visitation will be 12 - pm Wednesday December 26, 2018at the funeral home.
"Merle, so sorry for your loss. Keeping your family in my thoughts and prayers. Shalom." From Heather Brown on December 24, 2018
"I’m saddened to hear of Alan’s passing. He and the family are in our thoughts and prayers." From Tracy Novak on December 26, 2018
"Condolences to Merle and the family. Alan was a valued friend and colleague." From Harry & Liz Finklea on December 26, 2018
"You are in my thoughts and prays. You have shown me how to take it one day at a time. I am grateful for getting to see the strength you have had during this trying time. I will be praying for you and all your family. " From Shannon Lynch on December 26, 2018
"My deepest sympathies to you in this time of need. I also send my apologies that I was not there today, since I just saw the obituary just now. May God have mercy on his soul!" From John Penn on December 26, 2018
"Dr. Stolzenberg was one of my very favorite professors. I learned so much from him, and not just about chemistry. He had a vast knowledge of many topics and could always contribute to the conversations. He always spoke very proudly of his wife and children. I know he will be very much missed. I know he’ll always have a special place in my memories. Sending you all warm thoughts and prayers. " From Jessica Gutshall on December 27, 2018
"Merle, So shocked and saddened to hear of Alan's passing. I will always remember you and Alan fondly. My deepest sympathy.
" From Nancy Friedman Gaddy on January 8, 2019
"Merle and Family...just learned of Alan's recent passing. Wanted to convey my condolences. Alan was one of the brightest guys I knew. Sunnyside, Peabody, Hebrew School classmates at B'nai Israel. He certaintly left us way before his time. Though we lost touch over the years, I have nothing but warm memories of this very bright, soft spoken, gentle soul. " From Lee Lilienthal on January 15, 2019
"Merle and Family...just learned of Alan''s recent passing. Wanted to convey my condolences. Alan was one of the brightest guys I knew. Sunnyside, Peabody, Hebrew School classmates at B''nai Israel. He certaintly left us way before his time. Though we lost touch over the years, I have nothing but warm memories of this very bright, soft spoken, gentle soul. " From Lee Lilienthal on January 15, 2019