Obituaries

Dr. Lyle H. Rossiter Jr.

May 4, 1937 - July 28, 2019

Dr. Lyle H. Rossiter, Jr., age 82 of Batavia (formerly of St. Charles and Glen Ellyn), passed away on July 28, 2019 at Central DuPage Hospital in the presence of his loving family after a long battle with cancer. 

Dr. Rossiter, who grew up in Glen Ellyn, received his medical and psychiatric training at the University of Chicago.  He later served in the U.S. Army as Chief of Neuropsychiatry at Sandia Base in Albuquerque, NM during the Vietnam War.  Dr. Rossiter was board certified in both general and forensic psychiatry and diagnosed and treated mental disorders for more than forty years.  He had specialized training in rational-emotive therapy and lectured on a variety of topics, including suicide prevention.  A well-respected expert in his field, he had been retained by numerous public offices, courts, and private attorneys as a forensic psychiatrist. 

Dr. Rossiter had a lifelong interest in understanding the human experience and applied his expertise to exploring the conditions required for humans to live and thrive in freedom.  He published a highly-regarded book on the topic and has contributed his knowledge through numerous articles and interviews.

He was also known as a kind man whose empathy, wisdom, humor, and sense of duty toward others always left a lasting impression.  Throughout his life he enjoyed classical music, mathematics, playing golf, and model railroading.  He especially enjoyed spending time in his library with his many books and sharing ideas with like-minded friends. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.  He is survived by his wife Jane of 57 years, daughter Laura Spicer, son-in-law Al Spicer, his two beloved grandchildren Jonathan and Charlotte, and three neices.  A private family memorial service will be held.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society.

Guest Book

  • Marilyn Andersen Dr. Rossiter was a wonderful man, father, & friend and when I started to teach piano to his daughter, Laura, he also took lessons from me. I remember clearly that he worked on Beethoven's Tempest Sonata, 3rd movement--his choice! What a great guy! I was at their Glen Ellyn home many times for the lessons and enjoyed the entire family even the cats! While I have not seen him or his wife and daughter recently, we have kept in touch by Christmas cards. I drive by their former Glen Ellen home very frequently on my way to and from Wheaton and think so favorably about those former days. He is and wlll be missed by many!
  • B. H. Gerald Rogers, M.D. Dear Jane, Your notice of Lyle's death came in yesterdays mail. The reduced size of the envelope told me the news was not going to be good. I slowly and carefully opened the envelope. I am so sorry. We are going to miss your dear husband. In medical school students were always organized alphabetically. Because the first two letters of our last name were R and O, we were always placed in close proximity. Lyle became a life long friend. His obituary characterized his personality very well. I am sure it was one of the reasons Dean joseph Ceithaml chose him from among the 1,700 that applied. He has the perfect character traits that make not only a good physician but also a good psychiatrist. Thanks for inviting me to Laura's wedding. It was a wonderful occasion but what I remember most is Lyle's admonition to the newly weds. It was a classic. Lyle would have good a good minister. Please accept my sincere condolences. Dr. Jerry Rogers
  • Bob Riley I had the good fortune to become acquainted with Lyle as he and Jane were involved in downsizing from their beautiful home in St. Charles. We quickly formed a friendship sharing life experiences, political pros and cons, and the benefits of life at Quarry Stone Pond. His intellect and humor were to me his special qualities. Like all that knew Lyle, I will miss him. We all lost a friend.
  • James M Staulcup I first met Lyle at one of our condominium parties and learned that he was a forensic psychiatrist. A lengthy discussion took place on various topics. During the brief period that he was at 148 Water Street, we had several other conversations, usually while either awaiting delivery or review of mail or in the garage or at another party. I had begun to read a copy of “The Liberal Mind” and told Lisle that I found it interesting. He said that he had written several essays and gave me couple of copies. If I were asked to describe Lisle, the words “knowledgeable”, “kind”, “friendly” and “gentle” would quickly surface. He will be missed.
  • linda goudsmit I am deeply saddened by the loss of my friend. We corresponded by email and discussed our books, articles, philosophies, ideas, and theories of behavior. Lyle Rossiter was brilliant, articulate, gentle, funny, and kind. He made the world a better place for me, and I will miss him.
  • Shaukat Jamal, MD Dr. Rossiter was one of a special breed of men. He was extremely kind, always considerate, respectful, compassionate, honest and fair minded. This combined with his high level of intellect, sense of humor and ability to engage in complex conceptual discussions made him a highly skilled professional, consultant, scholar and teacher. I had the privilege of having known him for over 25 years, sharing an office suite for some years and got to know him well. He was my friend. I will miss him. Rest in peace my friend. You made a difference.