Professor Emeritus Ted Romberg and his wife, Ruth, in 2011. (Courtesy Photo)
Emerson College Professor Emeritus Theodore “Ted” Romberg died on June 25 after a brief illness, according to his family. He was 82 years old.
Romberg, an ordained minister in the Methodist church since 1961, taught philosophy and religion at Emerson from 1970 until 1999, when he retired and gained emeritus status upon a unanimous vote by his colleagues, according to records in the Emerson Archives Office.
In a 1999 memo, the faculty promotion and tenure committee in the Communication Department wrote that Romberg taught more than 3,500 students in the 1990s “with unfailing excellence. His numerical evaluations…clearly indicate a gifted teacher.”
Ted and Ruth Romberg with a child in this undated photo. (Courtesy Photo)
“Several times an entire class [rated] him as ‘excellent,’” the committee said in the memo, which was addressed to the College’s Faculty Status Committee.
Born in Burlington, Colorado, in 1932 with an identical twin brother, Thomas, Romberg attended the University of Nebraska, earning a BFA in music in 1955 while beginning his professional career as a church choir director, vocal soloist, and youth director, according to his online obituary. He also earned a Doctorate in Ecumenics from the Boston University School of Theology in 1971.
Romberg served as a Methodist minister in several New England communities and spent his later years serving as a minister at the United Parish in Brookline, Massachusetts.
At Emerson, Romberg taught ethics, comparative religions, and philosophy, and served as chair of the Humanities Department in the 1970s. He chaperoned several student trips to foreign countries to study history and culture, including Egypt, Italy, Russia, Japan, Spain, and Morocco.
Romberg loved to sing and performed in the Chorus Pro Musica with the Boston Symphony at Tanglewood, Carnegie Hall, and at the opening of the Lincoln Center.
Romberg lived in Milton, Massachusetts. Among his survivors are his wife, Ruth Romberg; three daughters, Roselyn, Carolyn, and Rachelle; their spouses; and seven grandchildren.