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Alan Rose


1948 - 2015 Notice Condolences Gallery
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Alan Rose, aged 67, died at home in New York City on July 7 from lung cancer. He was born on April 27, 1948 in Regensberg, Germany to Herbert and Marjorie (Murrell) Rose. Alan's early years were spent living in Germany, Japan, Colorado and Mississippi. The family moved to Baltimore in Alan's teenage years and he became an ardent fan of both the city and its people. After three years at the Maryland Institute of Art, Mr. Rose worked as an independent graphic designer for Harry, an underground newspaper and on John Waters' films. For a brief period he lived in San Francisco collaborating on artwork for albums put out by various bands including The Quicksilver Messenger Service. Moving to New York City in the early 70's he joined the National Lampoon. Alan Rose earned acclaim with his 1980's World At Your Feet Books, a series of such landmarks as the Empire State Building. He married Anne (Spaulding) Rose in 1981 and moved to Springfield, Massachusetts. During the summers he transformed a simple Adirondack cabin into a magical mountaintop masterpiece, complete with birch bark wallpaper and a tree in the living room. No typical father figure he coached his stepdaughters on junk store shopping, culinary risk-taking as well as dirt bike riding on Cuttyhunk Island. Alan's unconventional, self-governing and thrifty nature generated countless adventures for himself and those around him. His ideas were as innovative as his humor was keen. He is survived by his wife, Anne, his brother Michael B. Rose (Jenny) of Plymouth, Massachusetts, his stepdaughters Hilary Diebold of West Springfield, Massachusetts, Anne Diebold (Dan Szenda) of Southwick, Massachusetts and two step-grandchildren. In addition he leaves an aunt, five cousins, three step-nieces, one step-nephew and one great step-nephew. There will be a private service on the Adirondack lake he loved and a memorial service at a later date. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Alan Rose's name to Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) and sent to the Office of Development, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Attn: Lauren Kelly, 633 Third Avenue, 28th Floor, New York, NY 10017.
Published in Baltimore Sun on July 24, 2015
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