FRANK ROSENGARTEN
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ROSENGARTEN--Frank, was a truly extraordinary person. He fell in love with Italy as a young man and devoted the rest of his life to studies related to its culture and politics, receiving a PhD from Columbia University in the 1950's in Italian. He wrote many books and numerous articles on important people in the anti-fascist press there. This passion tied in with his longtime interest in socialism, and he was a co-founder and an editor of the journal Socialism and Democracy. Gramsci became a special focus of his work and he translated Gramsci's letters from prison. A professor of Italian studies at several universities, he was Professor Emeritus at Queens College. But his interests covered many subjects unrelated to Italian, and included a love of theater, movies, and music and books, which he devoured on many subjects. But more important than his many accomplishments, including receiving his second Doctorate, in his retirement, in French from The CUNY graduate Center. His dissertation on the young Proust received an award. More importantly was his gift for friendship. His love for and loyalty to friends and family were total. If you had the rare privilege of being part of his circle, you had a friend and mentor for life. He adored his children Dan and Lydia, and his late son, Philip as well as his grandchildren, Melina and Emi, and his sister Jo. He was also a devoted husband of over 30 years to his late wife, Lucille. He was irreplaceable and his absence will leave a big hole in all their hearts. A memorial service will be held at the Casa Italiana in the fall, and there will be a shiva on Thursday night at his apartment, 160 East 84th. He will leave a hole in peoples hearts and lives.


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Published in New York Times on Aug. 6, 2014.
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August 16, 2014
I knew Frank nearly my whole life--first as a family friend and then as a comrade in work for peace and social justice. One of my father's closest and most long-term friends, I had the opportunity to see and appreciate many aspects of him. He was an incredible man who will be sorely missed. He leaves the rest of us to carry on the work which was so central to his life.
Andy Mager
August 15, 2014
Frank never stopped wanting to improve his technology skills. As his computer guru, I've helped Frank construct 3 books. He was eager to learn and patient. To me, he was always kind and enlightening; I learned more about Proust, C. L. R. James, and Gramsci from Frank than I ever could on my own. I feel privileged to have spent time with both he and his late wife Lucy over the last 13 years. Rest in peace, old friend.
David Sternlicht
August 13, 2014
Ciao Frank,
vecchi cari ricordi legano la nostra famiglia a te ai
tuoi figli e a Lilian. Non ti dimenticheremo
un abbraccio con affetto Francesca Trentin
Francesca Trentin
August 8, 2014
He took time from his work to help us launch the left dialogue project CrossRoads in the 90s. We learned from him and I hope to continue to do so. I miss him.
Ethan Young
August 7, 2014
I feel honored to have met unforgettable Frank. I wish to share the sorrow for the loss of this wonderful person along with his loved ones and family .
Dimitrios Marinakis
August 7, 2014
I had the honour of meeting Frank when I invited him to a C.L.R. James conference in Ottawa in 2009. He was a scholar and a gentleman, a kind soul in a world of sectarian discord. He will be missed.
Ravi Malhotra
August 7, 2014
Frank was an exemplary intellectual and person. He was an intellectually rigorous and critical scholar, yet extremely kind, modest, and engaging. His presence, intellect, and warmth will be deeply missed.
Marcus E Green
August 7, 2014
Adios, Frank. You are a truly wonderful example of a good-hearted leftist, the kind who knows how to reach across borders.
David Laibman
August 7, 2014
Frank was one of nature's gentlemen, with a warmth and generosity that helped to make the world a better place.
Peter Thomas
August 7, 2014
Frank was an extraordinary person and dear friend who enriched my life and, I am sure, the life of many others.
Joseph A Buttigieg
August 7, 2014
Frank was, in my world, a man who showed me how to live with tragedy and be transformed and not be defeated by it. He showed me that there is a way to die well, and that our deaths can be an inspiration to others.
Amy Ienni
August 6, 2014
Frank was an amazing scholar and human being – a rare breed indeed – with his pathbreaking contributions. He will be sorely missed personally but his scholarship and, hopefully, his warmth will live on within the Gramsci community.
Adam Morton
August 6, 2014
Frank was all the wonderful things that the obit says about him ... a dear friend and a caring human being... along with his obviously brilliant scholarly life. I will always remember the lively discussions on Gramsci that he and my deceased husband, John Cammett, had.
Sandi Cooper
August 6, 2014
Frank was a brilliant Marxist scholar, a wonderful human being, and a fine comrade in the struggle.

Alan Wald, Professor Emeritus, University of Michigan
Alan Wald
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