ROTHZEID--Bernard, a leading New York architect, died of leukemia on May 25. He was 83 and lived in Park Slope, Brooklyn. As an architect, he was known for his skill in the adaptive reuse of existing structures, and was a longtime architect for the landmark City Center Theater in Manhattan. His expertise in health-care facility planning and design included major additions to New York Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn. Bernard Rothzeid was born in Brooklyn in 1925. After Army service in the Philippines in WW II, he graduated from Cooper Union in 1949 and MIT in 1954. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Rome. Back in New York he became a project architect in the firm of I.M. Pei and Partners. In 1963 he founded his own architectural firm. In 1981 the firm became Rothzeid Kaiserman Thomson & Bee. Mr. Rothzeid was elected a Fellow of the AIA in 1979, and in 1986 he received the Augustus Saint Gaudens Award from Cooper Union. He served on the boards of Cooper Union, New York Methodist Hospital, and the Citizen's Housing and Planning Council. He taught at Cooper Union and at the School of Architecture at CCNY. He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Madge, his daughter Mitzie and his son Alexander. Contributions in his memory may be made to Cooper Union, 30 Cooper Square, New York NY, 10003. Funeral services at 2pm on Wednesday May 27 at Congregation Beth Elohim, 274 Garfield Place, Brooklyn. A memorial will be announced at a later date.
Published in New York Times on May 26, 2009.