Alan Rothschild
1941 - 2021
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Alan W. Rothschild February 17, 2021 Alan W. Rothschild, 79, died February 17 in Syracuse. Alan was a business leader, inventor, collector, author, craftsman and philanthropist. He died following a fierce battle with Covid-19. He was a true renaissance man. Alan was born on December 12, 1941, the youngest of three sons born to Gustave and Rose (Wellin) Rothschild. He graduated from Nottingham High School in 1959 and Union University, Albany College of Pharmacy in 1965. After working in the family pharmacy for several years, Alan established medical supply and home health care businesses. He then developed several real estate projects, including Madison Irving Medical Center in Syracuse, central New York's first condominium medical office building. Alan also worked to help establish the East Genesee Regent Association (EGRA) to encourage the redevelopment of the University Hill area, and was president of the EGRA for nearly thirty years. In addition, he served as a member of the board of directors of several non-profit agencies, including the University Hill Corporation, the Rescue Mission Advisory Board and Syracuse Stage. Alan also served as the secretary of the Upstate Medical University Foundation. Throughout his life, Alan was also a collector of artifacts that were significant to business and industry. He was a collector of antique cars. He collected apothecary artifacts, patent medicines and related items in order to create a reproduction of a complete 1900's apothecary shop, which he donated to the Milton J Rubenstein Museum of Science and Technology (MOST) in 1989. In 1998, Alan created the Rothschild-Petersen Patent Model Museum at his home in Cazenovia. The museum housed the largest privately-owned collection of United States patent models in the world, containing 4,000 patent models and related documents. Models from the collection were on display at Euro Disney in Paris, The Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. and in a traveling exhibit that visited museums throughout the United States. In 2015, Alan and his wife Ann authored the book Inventing a Better Mousetrap: 200 Years of American History in the Amazing World of Patent Models. The patent model collection is currently part of the world-renowned Hagley Museum and Library in Wilmington, Delaware. Combining his love of automobiles and technology, Alan was also the co-inventor of two U.S. patents for an intelligent label and a motor vehicle inspection sticker. Most recently, Alan developed his expertise in woodworking, creating fine writing instruments from exotic woods that he shared as gifts and were sold in local stores. He especially enjoyed spending time with his beloved grandchildren, Thomas and M.J., who knew him as "Gampsy". Alan and his family were long-time benefactors of many Syracuse area organizations including the Rothschild Early Childhood Center at Temple Adath Yeshurun, Rothschild Adult Day Services at Menorah Park, and the Rothschild Endowment in Family Medicine at Upstate Medical University. Alan was predeceased by his parents and brother, Lee Rothschild. He is survived by his wife Ann (Silverman) Rothschild; son David (Marissa) Rothschild; grandchildren Thomas and MJ Rothschild; brother, Gerald (Carol) Rothschild; sister-in-law, Marcia Rothschild, brother-in-law David (Lisa) Silverman; and several nieces and nephews. Alan also leaves behind countless lifelong and newly made friends, business associates, museum folks, and fishing buddies. Alan was a member of Temple Adath Yeshurun and will be buried at Temple Adath Yeshurun cemetery in a private ceremony. The service will be live streamed on the Sisskind Funeral Service Facebook page beginning at 10:55AM on Sunday, February 21 Contributions in Alan's memory may be made to Upstate Medical University Foundation (upstatefoundation.org), Rothschild Early Childhood Center (rothschildearlychildhoodcenter.org) or to the charity of your choice. www.sisskindfuneralservice.com Please sign the guestbook at syracuse.com/obits

Published in Syracuse Post Standard from Feb. 18 to Feb. 21, 2021.
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February 28, 2021
Our deepest sympathy to the Rothschild Family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you .
Lorraine Southworth
Coworker
February 22, 2021
Dear Ann and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Our big family (8 kids) lived next to the Alan's family when he was in college. His whole family was so kind to us, and my younger siblings remember Alan letting them help wash his car when he came home for visits and generally being so tolerant of all our kid energy. Apparently he went on to be very thoughtful, productive and dedicated to the health and well-being of the community you and he grew up in. I am so sorry for your loss and hope you are finding comfort with family and friends.
Cathie Murray
Neighbor
February 21, 2021
Ann and Family,

Al will be remembered in the hearts of those you know and many that you do not know. Al touched the lives of thousands with his quiet generosity and caring for his fellow man. His legacy will live on for generations..I hope the memories you all share bring love and laughter in the days and years to come. Sending my sincere condolences....
Lauren S Felice
Lauren S Felice
Friend
February 21, 2021
Rest In Peace,Big Al.Stand up guy,good man.
Greg Sorrentino
Friend
February 21, 2021
We wish to express our sincere condolences to Alan Rothschilds wife, children and grandchildren, and his particularly his brother Gerry and wife Carol. Our thoughts are with you. Fondly, Maud & Al White and family
Maud White
Neighbor
February 20, 2021
It's hard to believe that this dynamic man has passed. He was my high school classmate and husband to my cousin Ann. He used his gifts to accomplish more in life than most others can even imagine. My wife, Susan, and I share condolences. Ann and others: May your memory of Alan be a blessing.
James Jacobs
February 20, 2021
Dear Ann,
You will not remember me, as I believe we met only two or three times in the past 30 years. My initial meeting with Alan was as a member of the EGRA. From that time, until the sale of the Hill Medical Center, Alan and I were in constant communication sharing a mutual interest in the evolution of the area. Alan's guidance and foresight in the Genesee Street area produced results beyond our wildest dreams. Alan's demeanor and comportment was soft and considerate when required, but forceful and demanding when needed. We have all lost a friend, a dynamic force for change and a mentor. Some people are irreplaceable, Alan was that person.
David Fuleihan
Coworker
February 20, 2021
Ann and family,
I am very sorry to hear of your loss.
Alan, Tom and I roomed together for 5 years in the Bouras home. We were part of a long line of "Mrs. Bouras' boys" who lived there while attending ACP. Remembering Alan during those years, I am not surprised to read of his many lifetime accomplishments.
Blessings, Dick Miller
Richard Miller
Classmate
February 20, 2021
Dear Ann and family,
I am so so sorry for your loss. ♥
Joanne Fiacchi
February 19, 2021
Dear Ann:
On behalf of all of your friends at Hagley Museum and Library, I offer our deepest condolences to you and your family on Alan’s passing. His passion for patent models and the history of invention was an inspiration to all who knew him. Your collection is a treasured part of Hagley and in everything associated with the Nation of Inventors exhibition, Alan will be with us in spirit. May you find comfort in knowing the wonderful impact he made on this world. Jill MacKenzie, Hagley Museum and Library
Jill MacKenzie
Friend
February 19, 2021
I’d like to send our deepest condolences from our family to your family and thank you for many years of quality medical equipment experiences in your store which still serves as my most trustworthy spot to shop.
Thank you also for your many contributions to Central NY and beyond.
Anne & John Ruggeri
Acquaintance
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