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Lew in Switzerland
Lew came to us from Westtown Friends School in suburban Philadelphia; he followed his brother Steve to Amherst and to Phi Delt. He majored in economics, and after a brief stint in the Army spent several years learning the ropes of investment banking in Philadelphia, Boston, and New York.

He then formed his own consulting company and in the 1970s became one of the first security analysts to extensively cover the Japanese market at the beginning of its economic miracle. That miracle extended to Lew’s own finances, so from 1982 on he was able to follow his true calling, which was genealogy.

Picture Caption: At his home in Worb, Switzerland with daughter and son-in-law. Christopher and Elisabeth Andrews.

He was a Certified Genealogist for forty years, and in 2015 was elected a Fellow of the American Society of Genealogists, which honors scholarship in the field. He was an expert on immigration to America by German-speakers, and the world’s expert on Swiss-American immigration. He had been Lew Rohrbaugh at Amherst, but later changed his surname back to the original Rohrbach.

He and his family lived in Switzerland for a number of years while he pursued research there. He founded Picton Press of Rockport and Camden, Maine, which became the U.S.’s most respected publisher of genealogical literature, and ran it pro bono. He amassed the largest private genealogical library anywhere, and in 2014 he donated 11,000 of those books and journals to the National Genealogical Society’s collection at the St. Louis County [Mo.] Library.

When Lew got sick last year he had two remaining goals: to finish his last five books, and to walk down the aisle with his daughter Elisabeth at her wedding last fall. He succeeded at both. He leaves his widow Carol, at 1637 Briarwood Court, Marco Island, FL 34145, and his daughter Elisabeth of New York City. We’ll miss him.

Bart Saxbe