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Milton "Milt" Rosen


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Milton "Milt" Rosen Obituary
Milton 'Milt' Rosen
Jul. 7, 1924-Nov. 16, 2017

Milton 'Milt' Rosen, a longtime resident of Rancho Palos Verdes, passed away at his home on November 16, 2017.

Milt was born July 7, 1924 to Morris and Elsie Rosen in the Bronx, New York. The youngest of three children, sister Sylvia 6 years older and brother Willie 4 years older. Milt was raised in the Bronx, but in during the Great Depression in 1932 at the age of 8 the family was forced to move to Chicago to live with his grandparents. Over the next 2 years, his father struggled to make ends meet by driving people between Chicago and New York, with Milt joyfully joining him on several occasions. In 1934, his father got a factory job and moved the family to New Bedford, Massachusetts. There Milt attended Mt. Pleasant Elementary School and graduated from New Bedford High School in 1942. After graduating high school, Milt started classes at NYU, but was cut short after being drafted into the Navy in 1944. He served in the Pacific Theatre and was on a ship in Tokyo Bay when the Japanese surrendered.
After his Navy discharge in 1946, Milt returned to NYU to complete his studies in engineering, getting a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree, followed by a Master of Electrical Engineering in 1950. In 1948 he met and married his long-time sweetheart, Audrey, creating a family of 4 with the birth of a daughter and a son. After graduating, he began his long and illustrious career in engineering, starting with a small company in Boston and then quickly moving on to work for one of the more famous and top companies in the country at that time, Hughes Aircraft. In 1955, he began work in their Aircraft Missile division in Tucson, AZ. In 1961, his career took a fortuitous turn when Hughes sent him and a team of engineers to Sweden under a contract with the Swedish Government and Air Force to assist them with the adaptation of the Hughes missile systems into their Air Force program. This assignment was exciting for the whole family. It gave Milt and Audrey the opportunity to meet new people and enliven their stay by socializing and traveling with friends throughout Europe, a turning point that would lead to a unique situation upon their return to the states.

In 1963, Hughes brought the team back to the U.S. and relocated them to southern California to work out of the Hughes Aircraft plant in Culver City. Shortly after returning, they bought their first house in Rancho Palos Verdes, in which Milt would live for the rest of his life. Over the next 18 years, he was involved in several high-profile projects, including the development of the anti-tank Tow missile system for helicopters and the innovative Sideways Looking Radar Systems, both still very much in use in the US Armed Forces. As he neared the end of his career with Hughes, he and Audrey acquired the Gentry Travel Agency at the Golden Cove Shopping Center in RPV, renaming it Audro Travel. Milt and Audrey's love of travel was directly related to their experience in Sweden and was a big motivator for them to acquire the business. Over the next 10 years, they travel extensively throughout the world, ranging from Asia, Africa, Europe, and the Caribbean via numerous cruises and excursions. In 1980, Milt retired from Hughes, but a year later went to work for the Aerospace Corporation where, once again, he was directly involved with some uniquely classified projects, one being the creation of a special communication's system used in the U-2 and SR-71 spy plane platforms.

In 1992, Audrey, his wife of 44 years passed away. After a period of time, Milt realized that although retired he still had a zest for life. During the following years he not only visited often with his children and grandchildren in Florida and Oregon, but also sought out folks from high school and college, making numerous trips around the country to reconnect with his old acquaintances and resume friendships and special relationships from his past.

In 2015, Milt was honored to be chosen to go to Washington, D.C. by the non-profit organization, Honor Flight Network, which flies veterans to the Capitol to visit memorials built to honor them. This had a huge impact on him making him feel humbled and proud to have been a part of it.

Milt is survived by his daughter Linda (Joe), and son Eric (Mel), along with grandchildren Josh (Jenny), Cory (Aida), Alex, Benjamin, Emma, and Jacob, plus great-grandchildren Aubrey, Aria, and Aiden. . The family would like to especially thank Jon Jenkins, Milt's wonderful neighbor who was so helpful to not only Milt during his later years, but his family after Milt's passing. Also, of special note, is Alicia Wheldon, Milt's exceptional housekeeper for the past 37 years and Djuna Edmund, Milt's caregiver during the final months of his life, providing him with exceptional care and companionship.

A Celebration of Life will be held from noon to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the Admiral Risty Restaurant, 31250 Palos Verdes Drive, Rancho Palos Verdes. All those who knew Milt and Audrey are welcome to attend.
Published in Palos Verdes Peninsula News on Mar. 3, 2018
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