Melvin -Rosenstein-Obituary

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Melvin Rosenstein

West Palm Beach, Florida

Jul 2, 1927 – Oct 14, 2017


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Mel was a beautiful person, so kind and likeable as well as handsome. Wonderful Cynthia was the truest of friends to my mother (Barbara) for which I will forever be grateful, and Mel and Cynthia gave a toast together at my wedding... I am so sad to think of this loss, and they are both in my heart.

Mr. Rosenstein was a wonderful person and teacher. He aptly wrote in my senior yearbook that I should stop and smell the roses -- people today are still telling me to slow down!

Takemi Ueno (Wheatley '83)

I am sorry for your loss.

I would like to confirm what other Wheatley grads have already said. He was an outstanding and memorable teacher. I often quote him. If we had a class with a lab, the day would end with "A place for everything and everything in its place. Everyone is cleaning up" said with his characteristic singsong expression. Just ask my kids how many times they heard me quote him!

As you would say at the end of each class..."it's cleanup time, everyone is cleaning up" still brings a good nemory of what was a great learning time in Mr. Rosenstein's classroom. His style was always entertaining and informative as well. Rest in peace.

"It's clean-up time, everyone is cleaning up. There's a place for everything and everything in it's place. It's clean-up time." After 35 years, I can still here Mr. Rosenstein belt out these words at the end of each class

I have had many great teachers over the years, all the way to Nobel Laureate Joseph Brodsky, who was my poetry teacher at The University of Michigan, but the teacher who probably had the greatest influence on me was Mel Rosenstein. The Wheatley School, Honors chemistry 1965/66. One of his favorite sayings about his class went something like, "This is not the Yellow Cab Company where you can sit back, relax and enjoy the ride." In class, it meant that you had to be involved, answer...

Mr. Rosenstein taught General Science and Chemistry at The Wheatley School on Long Island. Like many young teachers, he also held down a number of part-time jobs while raising a family. He had served in the U.S. Navy prior to attending NYU for his bachelors and masters. He was a great teacher, counselor, and mentor. He gave generously of what little free time he had, including holding impromptu slide rule and equation balancing classes after hours. I thought of him often during my own Navy...

It is sad to hear of Mr. Rosenstein's passing. We were fortunate to have numerous outstanding teachers at Wheatley in the 50's and 60's. Mr. Rosenstein stood out as one of the best, of the best. He was my teacher for both general science, as well as chemistry. Not only was he knowledgeable and an excellent teacher, but he supplied personality and levity with his instruction, that helped keep us interested. Not just a teacher, he was a friend, and will be missed by all.

Mr. Rosenstein's penchant for wit in the classroom will always be remembered. One saying I will never forget he used to say before every exam, "Neither a borrower nor a lender be, but to thine own self be true" (from Hamlet). You are a truly great teacher wherever you are.