Raymond Rothman received his bachelor's degree from UCLA, after which he joined the war effort, becoming the navigator aboard a B-29 during World War II. After the war he resumed his association with UCLA as an active member of the UCLA Alumni Association and Chancellor's Associates. As an active volunteer he served on numerous boards and councils campuswide for over forty years, including the Board of Directors for the Foundation Board of Trustees. As a donor his generosity touched many areas of the campus and enriched the educational experiences of generations of students. Professionally, Mr. Rothman worked in marketing and management. An author and an early proponent of computers in education, his interest in the study of cognitive science fueled his work and reflected his deep concern for the quality and scope of learning.
He championed the interdisciplinary study of cognitive science at UCLA and realized the enormous impact that it would have on techniques for acquiring knowledge and enhancing reasoning, remembering, sensing, and communicating skills. To honor his passion for cognitive science and his commitment to education at UCLA, his family created the Raymond C. Rothman Endowment in the History of Cognitive Science in the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library. The fund supports the acquisition of print and non-print materials on the history of cognitive science, including related disciplines such as psychology, linguistics, philosophy, mathematics, biology, and other relevant fields.