Concise Encyclopedia of Tufts History
Rosener, Harry, ca. 1906-2000
Harry Rosener, A1927, was a chemist and entrepreneur who developed a waterproof fabric coating used to replace rubber during World War II.
Rosener graduated from Tufts in 1927, and began work as a chemist at Middletown Rubber, where he was eventually promoted to Vice President and chief chemist. Besides inventing a waterproof fabric coating, Rosener also designed the first starchless stiff collar, used mainly on men's shirts.
Rosener served as president of the Connecticut Alumni Club for Tufts, and attended all seventy-two of his class reunions, excepting two during the war. After his retirement from Middletown, Rosener opened Rita Personnel, an employment agency. He died on February 10, 2000, in Portland, Maine.