Irving Rosenberg

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    - Paul Rosenberg
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Rosenberg, Irving ALBANY Irving Rosenberg gave his last gift on Thursday, July 3, 2014, when his wish to donate his physical body to Albany Medical College's Anatomical Gift Program was granted. Irving was the beloved husband of Vivian Graff Rosenberg, and the father of Paula Rosenberg of Albany, Bette R. Joram of Seattle, and Doug Rosenberg of Santa Monica. He was predeceased by his wife Vivian; his parents, Samuel and Rachel Rosenberg; and his siblings, Milton, Florence (Flossie), Seymour, Sidney, Janet, and Mildred. Irving was born on November 5, 1916, at his parents' home in Brooklyn. All who know Irving would agree that he was a character of the first order, a lover of life, airplanes, aviation history, Dixieland jazz and classical music, women's rights, theater, art, science, news, and, above all, peace, justice, and his family. He accompanied a number of musicians on the washboard, had a wicked sense of humor, participated in community theatre in many venues, and was a great raconteur; he never lost his perfect pitch and carry a tune and sing until the end. Irving was a printer at the Knickerbocker News and Albany Times Union, as well as at the Journal American, Herald Tribune, and a number of other newspapers. He is an Army veteran of World War II, and served on the 24th Hospital Train in the European Theater of Operations from 1942 to 1945, including the Battle of the Bulge. He was involved with the American Aviation Historical Association, the Northeast Aero Historians, the Empire State Aerosciences Museum, and the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome; as well as a number of liberal and progressive causes. In addition to Paula, Bette, and Doug, Irving is survived by his grandchildren, Emily Rose Chesser, Deborah Rose Chesser, Rob Rosenberg, Daniel Joram, Rosheen Haumann; nieces, nephews, and their progeny across the country; and his cousin, Stanley Rosenberg of Seattle. He also leaves behind an unbelievably wonderful group of aides, nurses, and professional staff on the Gold Unit of the Daughters of Sarah Nursing Center, and a terrific network of close friends and extended family. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to UNICEF (he loved children), the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Fellowship of Reconciliation, Amnesty International, the International Women's Air & Space Museum, the Empire State Aerosciences Museum, or any other progressive organization of your choice. A celebration of Irving's life will be held on Sunday, July 6, 2014, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m., at the Community Room of the Ohav Shalom apartments on Krumkill Road in Albany.

Published in Albany Times Union from July 4 to July 5, 2014
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