It is with great sadness that we share the news that Foundation Board Member and longtime FUHSD trustee and former teacher Roy Rocklin passed away on March 19, 2023.
As a proud descendent of Jewish immigrants who escaped violence and poverty in eastern Europe, Roy was a strong supporter of immigrants seeking a better life in the USA.
Roy grew up in Walnut Creek. After graduating from Ignacio Valley High School, he majored in
Chemistry at UC Santa Cruz and went on to earn a PhD in analytical chemistry from the University of
North Carolina. After working in industry for 25 years designing and developing instruments
used in analytical chemistry, Roy switched careers and taught chemistry and physics for ten years at
Lynbrook High School. He often said he worked twice as hard for half the money! In 2016, Roy became
a politician and in a “landslide” won a position on the Fremont Union High School District Board of
Roy was a true “Renaissance Man” with a wide variety of interests and pursuits ranging from amateur
radio in his teen years, to photography, wine-making, bike riding, visual arts, classical music, genealogy,
baseball and all areas of science. Roy followed his interests with a passion and never hesitated to take on a new challenge. As a volunteer for the Fremont Union High Schools Foundation, Roy became an expert in donor base software and worked tirelessly to maintain accurate records for the Foundation.
On the personal side Roy met the love of his life piano teacher Marsha through the Classical Music
Lovers Exchange in 1982. They spent the next forty plus years making beautiful music together.
Marsha’s piano performances brought him great joy and he spent countless hours recording and editing
her concerts to preserve her musical legacy. Other surviving family members include daughter Rachel
Amelia Rocklin and son-in-law Dan Dearborn, son Gabriel Rocklin and wife Jaline Gerardin. One of
Roy’s greatest joys was becoming a “Zaydie” to their children Natalie and Laura. Roy is also survived
by his beloved sister Janet and brother-in-law Richard Katz along with other cherished nieces and
In Roy’s honor and memory, the family requests that donations be made to AVID Senior Scholarships
through the Fremont Union High Schools Foundation https://www.fuhsd.org/academics/academic-support/avid
About the Fremont Union High Schools Foundation
Meet our 2022 – 2023 Board of Directors
Fremont Union High Schools Foundation is an all-volunteer, independent non-profit organization promoting educational excellence across our five high schools: Cupertino, Fremont, Homestead, Lynbrook and Monta Vista.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What does the Foundation fund at my school?
- Academic Enrichment (Robotics Teams, Visual and Performing Arts)
- Student Support Services (SchoolLoop to facilitate communications between home and school)
- College and Career Readiness (Naviance online portal to help with college planning and research, resume building workshop, mock interviews, job/internship fair)
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