Industry remembers contributions of Rosenthal

By Erin Voegele | November 04, 2014

The Algae Biomass Organization has announced that Mary Rosenthal, ABO’s first executive director, passed away on Nov. 1 after a battle with cancer.

“Mary was an inspiration to many as she continued to fight for algae even while fighting cancer,” said the ABO in a statement. “She will be missed.”

Rosenthal was appointed as the ABO's first executive director in mid-2009 after serving aa director of communications and public affairs for NatureWorks LLC. According to the ABO, Rosenthal took the reins of organization at a time when algae was just coming on the national radar. The trade organization had been formed to bring the fledgling industry together.

Rosenthal was instrumental in developing new members, transforming the annual Algae Biomass Summit into the premier industry conference, and becoming the voice of the algae industry.

The ABO noted its membership grew to more than 200 under Rosenthal’s tenure. Under her leadership, the organization also achieved success on several policy initiatives, including the qualification of algae biofuels for the $1.01 per gallon cellulosic biofuel tax credit. 

“We’re certainly saddened to hear of Mary’s passing,” said Tim Portz, executive editor of Biomass Magazine. “Mary was a regular panelist and contributor to our publications and conferences. She was an important advocate for the algae industry, a colleague and a friend. We offer our condolences to her family and friends.”

Portz highlighted Rosenthal’s contributions to the algae industry in a recent blog post titled, “Requiem for Mary Rosenthal.”