Philip M. Rosenzweig

Philip M. Rosenzweig
American Flight 11

You Could Count on Him

Philip M. Rosenzweig was the reliable one in the family. He kept his papers in order, and he never missed appointments. He even remembered to call his parents, Harold and Evelyn, once a week and send them cards for their anniversary and birthdays. "He was a very methodical person," said his father. "His whole life."

Mr. Rosenzweig, 47, a vice president with Sun Microsystems, was aboard American Airlines Flight 11.

A native of Long Island, he was the oldest of two boys and graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology. He lived with his wife, Lauren, and two sons, Jeremy and Max, in Acton, Mass.

In his free time, Mr. Rosenzweig liked to drive sports cars, and once even took lessons at a racetrack in Connecticut. He also bought a silver Porsche Cabriolet convertible, and joined a club for Porsche owners.

But when he returned home, he could always be counted on to put his car away. And even though he parked in the garage, he would drape a cover over it.

Profile published in THE NEW YORK TIMES on December 10, 2001.

P. Rosenzweig,

software designer

Philip Rosenzweig of Acton, an employee of Sun Microsystems, was among the victims killed in the crash of American Airlines Flight 11 at the World Trade Center in New York City on Tuesday. He was 47. Mr. Rosenzweig was born and raised in Brooklyn, N.Y., and graduated from high school in Hewlett, N.Y. He was a 1976 graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology, where he obtained a degree in computer science. Mr. Rosenzweig moved to the Boston area to begin his career at Data General. He later worked at Wang, Xyplex, and, most recently, Sun Microsystems. He was the director of horizontal scaling within Sun's Software Systems Group. He and his development team had several software patents awarded by the US Patent Office. He was involved in mentoring RIT graduates, and created partnerships with RIT and Sun Microsystems. Mr. Rosenzweig was an avid tennis player and sports car enthusiast. He leaves his wife, Lauren (Suskin), and two sons, Jeremy and Max, all of Acton; his father, Harold, and stepmother, Evelyn, of Hewlett, N.Y.; his mother, Ruth Berman of Las Vegas; and a brother, Allen, of Boca Raton, Fla. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow in Congregation Beth Elohim in Acton.

Editorial Obituary published in THE BOSTON GLOBE on 9/13/2001.

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