Earl F. Rose held a bachelor's degree from Yankton College, a medical degree from University of Nebraska, and a legal degree from Southern Methodist University. He was a lecturer and professor of pathology. He is well-known as the medical coroner in Dallas at the time of John F. Kennedy's assassination who tried (and failed) to conduct an autopsy on the president. He came to the University of Iowa in 1968 and was a lecturer in the law school until 1974. He died in 2012.