We honor and celebrate the life of Julie Kerr, beloved wife, daughter, sister, and aunt. After unexpectedly suffering a stroke, Julie passed away peacefully at age 35 in San Diego surrounded by her loving family and friends.
Julie grew up in Bellevue, Wash., and graduated from Bellevue High School. She played the cello in the Seattle Youth Symphony. A National Merit Scholar, Julie received her undergraduate degree in Mathematics from Washington State University. She graduated summa cum laude and was a Phi Beta Kappa and received the Distinguished Achievement Award for being the best science graduate in 1992. She received her Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Michigan in 1997.
Julie was a brilliant mathematician. While in high school, she placed first in the state in many contests, and was selected twice to train with the U.S. Math Olympiad team. While at the University of Michigan, she met Joel Rosenberg who would become her best friend and then, in 2000, her husband. After graduating, Julie and Joel moved to San Diego to join the Center for Communications Research, where they had the opportunity to work together and with other similarly dedicated minds devoted to solving challenging mathematical problems.
Julie’s passions were many and varied. She was devoted to her collection of ferrets and delighted in their antics. Her love for animals led to becoming a vegan. She enjoyed creating miniature displays, reading books, speaking Esperanto, vegan cooking, developing her ham radio skills, folding origami, crocheting, and watching seals.
Many great friendships developed from her work, her synagogue, and her interests. Julie and Joel and their friends enjoyed Wednesday movie night, hiking and walking, cooking, and many, many hours of playing games. She participated in community service activities and cared deeply about environmental issues. She was devoted to her family.
Julie will be greatly missed by her husband Joel Rosenberg of San Diego, parents Les and Arlyn Kerr of Snoqualmie, Wash., brother David Kerr and his wife Merissa Goldstein and nieces Natalie and Allison of Seattle, parents-in-law Elliott and Louise Rosenberg of West Hartford, Conn., brother-in-law David Rosenberg of Los Angeles, and many other loving relatives and friends.
Julie was gentle, loyal, kind, and gifted, and her smile and laughter will be greatly missed by all who knew her. A memorial service was held at Joel and Julie’s home in San Diego. Remembrances can be made to the Vegetarian Resource Group or any environmental or animal rights group.