Roszak, scholar of '60s counterculture, dies at 77

July 14, 2011 - 7:14 PM

BERKELEY, Calif. (AP) — Theodore Roszak, the author, scholar and critic who brought the term "counterculture" into the mainstream as he documented the social upheavals of the 1960s, has died. He was 77.

Roszak died in Berkeley on July 5. His wife, Betty Roszak, told the Los Angeles Times the cause of his death was cancer.

The longtime professor's best-seller "The Making of a Counter Culture" was published in 1969 and gave a name to the assortment of youth movements upending life on college campuses and beyond.

Roszak's nonfiction work explored not just life in the '60s but broader issues of humanity's relationship with technology and nature. He also wrote several science fiction novels delving into similar themes.

Born in Chicago, Roszak taught history at California State University-East Bay for more than 30 years.