Novato, Calif. — Funeral services will be held Sunday, Dec. 22, 2013, for Robert Rosenstein, a longtime pharmacist and professor at Dartmouth Medical School, who was known for his honesty, quick wit and good cheer.
Mr. Rosenstein died Monday, Dec. 2, 2013, of a medical condition associated with Alzheimer’s disease, at the care home in Novato where he had been living. He was 80.
He was born on Aug. 7, 1933, in Brooklyn, N.Y., to his parents, David and Tillie Rosenstein, and he spent his youth in the Bronx.
Known to everyone as Bob, he graduated from Bronx Science High School in 1951. He went on to pursue higher education at Columbia University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in 1955 and Masters of Science in 1957, both in pharmaceutical studies.
He eventually grew tired of the endless concrete and hubbub of New York and moved to Salt Lake City, Utah. He got a PhD in pharmacology at the University of Utah on August 18, 1962.
Mr. Rosenstein began his career in pharmacology with the Federal Aviation Agency, in Oklahoma City, Okla., where he met his wife, Mickie. They married on April 24, 1965, and had three children. In 1966, he accepted an invitation from a colleague to join him at the Veterans Administration Hospital, in White River Junction, Vt. The family moved to the town of Norwich, satisfying his wife’s long-time dream to live in New England.
Mr. Rosenstein felt a need to pass his knowledge on to others. He was an adjunct professor at Dartmouth Medical School, where he taught pharmacology. He was committed to grant-based research and pursued it with vigor, contributing new knowledge and insight to his profession. He retired in 1994, but remained active in the community and passionate about social justice and religious freedom. He served as the first president of the Upper Valley Jewish Community (UVJC), and became the first President of the local chapter of B’Nai B’rith.
Mr. Rosenstein was described by friends and family as a man who lived by his honesty and integrity. He had a disarming wit, infectious smile and a distinctly joyful laugh that drew people to him. He was also loyal, remaining a New York Yankees fan despite the fact that the rest of his family, proud Vermonters all, cheered on the Boston Red Sox.
A devoted husband and family man, Mr. Rosenstein cherished the time he had with his relatives, particularly during summer weekends in Maine.
He is survived by his wife, Mickie, of Novato, Calif.; son, Allan, and daughter-in-law, Andrea, of Auburn, Wash., son, Darrell, and daughter-in-law, Liesel, of Mill Valley, Calif.; daughter, Lori, and son-in-law, George, of Sacramento, Calif.; his grandchildren, Melissa, Hannah, and Clarence; and great-grandson, Ebon.
A service will be held at Temple Beth El, in Tacoma, Wash., on Dec. 22, 2013. Burial will be at Parks Cemetery, in Duncan, Okla. Flowers can be sent to: Mickie Rosenstein, Atria Tamalpais Creek, 853 Tamalpais Avenue, Novato, CA 94947, or in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: Alzheimer’s Association at www.alz.org.