Colin R. Rohm
Colin Ross Rohm, 26, Madison, formerly of Stevens Point, died Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2017, at University Hospital in Madison, from bacterial pneumonia and complications of Type 1 diabetes.
He was born July 22, 1991, in Stevens Point, to Dale and Christina Rohm. He lived and was raised in Stevens Point throughout his childhood and early adulthood, until leaving for university.
He attended Jackson Elementary School, P.J. Jacobs Junior High School and Stevens Point Area Senior High School, graduating as a valedictorian in 2009. He also attended University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point as a Youth Options student, and the Gesell Institute.
He enjoyed opportunities to participate in the Stevens Point Schools Band, Jazz Band and Orchestra programs, SPAMTA-piano, the Central State Chamber Orchestra, and the Stevens Point City Band.
He was an active member of Trinity Lutheran Church, where he sang in choirs, participated in bell choir, and played double-bass and other instruments for special events.
He was a Wisconsin All-State and National Merit Scholar. He attended UW-Madison on a four-year Music Clinic scholarship, where he played double-bass in the UW-Symphony. He received his bachelor’s degree in 2013 with triple majors in mathematics, economics and history. While an undergraduate student, he worked as a peer advisor in the UW Cross-College Advising Service (CCAS), which was the genesis of his future vocation as an academic advisor in various departments on campus.
At the time of his death, he was advising in the CCAS, teaching a freshman seminar on the research university and the Wisconsin Experience, and pursuing graduate studies in educational public policy at the Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs of the UW-Madison.
He loved living and working in Madison as a member of the academic community. During the summers, when he advised incoming freshmen students at Summer Orientation and Registration (SOAR). He was a regular visitor of the Madison Farmer’s Market and the Terrace of the UW Memorial Union.
He annually visited the family cottage in Leith, Ontario. He was an avid reader of academic materials, U.S. and Canadian policy, national and international history, science-fiction, vegetarian cooking and newspaper puzzle pages. And he loved all things dinosaur.
He is survived by his parents Dale and Christina Rohm, Stevens Point; his brother, Garrick (special friend Andrea Middleton), Madison; his paternal grandparents, Marvin and Elaine Rohm, Rudolph; his maternal grandmother, Elizabeth McKeen, Ithaca, N.Y.; and aunts, uncles and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his maternal grandfather, William McKeen.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017, at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1410 Rogers St., Stevens Point. Visitation will begin prior to the service at 10 a.m. in the church narthex. The Rev. Dr. Clay Schmit and Youth and Family Minister Todd Lewis officiated.
The family would like to thank the doctors and staff of the University Hospital Trauma and Life Support Center for their care. As per his wishes, his organs were donated.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation www.jdrf.org, or a charity of choice would be appreciated.
Boston Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences may be offered at www.bostonfuneralhome.net.