Bernard Rothzeid
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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.

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Published in New York Times on May 26, 2009.
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May 29, 2009
Dear Bernie,
From our earliest days at Mayer & Whittlesey on Union Square through Rome almost sixty years ago, to your splendid career I have always felt a bond with you and Madge. Now you are gone and so is Ruth, but we have lovely memories
Wally Berger
May 28, 2009
Dear Bernie,
I will miss you. You were the first call I made to decide whether or not to become an architect, while I was still in elementary school. You graciously pointed out all the problems with pursuing this as a profession but I still went ahead anyway. Thank you for allowing me to work with your firm while I was just starting in college - I learned so much in so little time.
Robert Siegel
May 27, 2009
To Bernard Rothzeid;

I can consider you one of my mentors in the field of Architecture. I can always remember with fondness and appreciation the wonderful times I had working at your firm from 1980-1984. You will be missed.
Ynes Leon
May 26, 2009
My dearest Uncle Bernie,
I'm sorry I could not get to Brooklyn in time to say good-bye but I'm happy to remember you as my strong, suave, bemused,clever, very very talented favorite uncle. Your words of praise and support were as dear to me as from my own father and, dear Bernie, I forgive you for correcting my "you know" interjections when I was a teen. You were right, of course.
I will love you always,
Karen Thursby
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