Elyssa Suzanne Rosen
July 25, 1965
Known for her compassion, humor, and enduring spirit, life-long conservationist Elyssa Rosen of Reno, Nevada passed away suddenly on October 26, 2013 at the age of 48. She was involved in a SCUBA diving accident in the Tinderbox Marine Reserve off the coast of Tasmania, Australia where she was working to establish marine reserves in the Southern Oceans of Antarctica. Elyssa led a life dedicated to family and friends, and a career focused on securing historic land, natural resource, and marine protections, including an unrelenting pursuit to preserve the Great Basin.
Born to Elaine Marilyn Bauman and Martin Bernard Rosen in July of 1965 at Gottlieb Memorial Hospital in Melrose Park, Illinois, Elyssa's early life was spent in Chicago's western suburb of Oak Park. She was the middle of three daughters, and is the sister to Karen Rosen Thornburg and Lena Rosen Wegner.
She leaves many to carry on her work and spirit, and is survived by her fiancé, Matt Newberry of Reno, along with her mother and father, sisters, nephews and niece - Ben and Adrian Thornburg, Rosella and Noah Wegner and extended family.
To help those who might forward her environmental legacy, the Elyssa Rosen Memorial Mentoring Program fund has been established with the Society of Environmental Journalists. www.sejonline.org