Rothermel attended Franklin & Marshall on a scholarship for
which he, in turn, served as a proctor at Franklin & Marshall
Academy. A member of the cross country and track and field teams,
Rothermel was a superb student-athlete. On the cross country
circuit, he ran with the best. In 1938, he was the team’s top
finisher in a meet against Pitt. He tied with F&M’s team
captain, Ed Roberts, as the Diplomats’ top finisher in meets
against West Chester, Haverford, Swarthmore and Temple. In 1939, he
tied for first place with Roberts, in wins over Lafayette,
Haverford, and Swarthmore, and in 1940, he again tied for first
with Roberts for first place in dual meets against Temple and CCNY,
as well as in a triangular meet with West Chester and Muhlenberg.
All were team victories for F&M.
On the track, he won the two-mile and earned a second place finish in the event at the ECAC Championship meets during his career. He won the two-mile in a 1940 meet with Rutgers clocking a school-record of 9:41 – a mark that stood for 30 years until 1970. His nickname on the track team was “Sea Biscuit”. His teammate, George Howard, was “War Admiral” and Roberts was “Kayak II”.
Rothermel was Phi Beta Kappa, Blue Key Honor Society, A.A.A.S, Student Senate Treasurer, and Chemistry Lab Assistant. After graduation, he worked at Corning Inc. for 35 years as a glass technologist.