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Dr. Morton G. Rosenstein passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, September 8, 2018, at the age of 86, three days before his 87th birthday. Mort was born on September 11, 1931, in New York, and moved to the Long Beach, CA area in 1942, with his mother Sue, his father Kalmer, and younger brother Ira. He remained in California for the remainder of his life. Following a good friend, he moved to Fresno, CA to attend Fresno State College, graduating in 1954. He knew that he wanted to be a physician and took graduate school classes before starting University of Southern California Medical School in 1956. He graduated from USC in 1960, and returned to Fresno to complete his internship and residency at Fresno County General Hospital. In 1964, he began his obstetrics and gynecological practice. Mort practiced in Fresno for nearly 40 years delivering generations of Fresnans and caring for their parents. He loved every single day of being a doctor. He was an active member of the medical community, including roles as Medical Staff President at both Valley Medical Center, and Saint Agnes Medical Center. In addition to his work in Fresno, Mort became engaged with the United States Figure Skating Association. In this capacity, he became a National Accountant and a Team Doctor, including participating on the team at three World Figure Skating Championships. He was a member of the associations Board of Directors and Chair of the Sports Medicine Committee. After retirement, Mort continued his role supporting the youth of Fresno through his volunteer activities. Starting with a two year term on Fresno County's Grand Jury, including a year as Jury Forman, Mort became fully engaged in the community. He served as Board President and member for the Central Valley Community Foundation, previously Fresno Regional Foundation, Focus Forward and Exceptional Parents Unlimited. Mort believed deeply in the importance of caring for all of our youth and for the potential of Fresno. His community volunteer work was recognized by receipt of the Comprehensive Youth Service Lloyd Poore Award in 2009, and Board of Supervisor recognition on December 8, 2015, as Morton Rosenstein Day in Fresno County. Mort loved crosswords and cards, often playing bridge or cribbage with his friends and family. He was an avid skier and sailor and loved both China Peak and Sierra Summit, and Huntington Lake. He was a tinkerer who was always bringing new technology into the house. Most importantly, as his family will remember him, he was a rock, always calm and gentle, always willing to help anyone and always free with his hugs and smiles. He is survived by his loving wife, Donna, of 56 years; his children and spouses, Kevin and Jason, and Beth and Barry. One of his most proud roles was that of Papa to Brooks and Bebe. They shared innumerable smiles and hugs. The family extends our greatest appreciation to Mort's care providers, Moby for all of her love and care; Saint Agnes Hospice; and Right at Home. There will be a Celebration of Life at Temple Beth Israel on Sunday, September 16, 2018, at 1:30 p.m. Remembrances may be made to Exceptional Parents Unlimited, 4440 N. First St, Fresno, CA 93726; or a . Charitable giving was always deeply important to Mort. Lisle Funeral Home, 1605 'L' Street, Fresno, California (559)266-0666
Published in the Fresno Bee on Sept. 13, 2018
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Lisle Funeral Home
1605 L Street | Fresno, CA 93721 | (559) 266-0666
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