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Harvey Rosenberg September 6, 1924 - November 28, 2018

Harvey Rosenberg, loving father, grandfather, husband, and distinguished physician, passed away on November 28, 2018.  He is preceded in death by his loving wife of 38 years, Marguerite LaForge Rosenberg, and his son, David L. Rosenberg.  He is survived by his son, Lawrence P. Rosenberg, and wife, Mary, daughter in law Julie T. Rosenberg, grandson, Dayton LaForge Rosenberg and wife of 30 years, Jana Simeckova Rosenberg.  Harvey was deeply committed to his family.  He nurtured and guided them, always with their best interest at heart.  In an ever chaotic and ferocious world, he was a rock and our protector.  

 

The youngest of four children, Harvey’s path was seemingly set when at the age of five, he met Fred Haufrect, the husband of his sister, Hilda.  Fred was a young physician, who served as Harvey’s role model.

 

At the age of 17, Harvey began studies at Ohio State University.  Upon the advent of World War II, Harvey joined the Enlisted Reserve.  In the first semester of his sophomore year, the Army headquarters at Fort Hayes in Columbus notified him to prepare for induction.  After a few days of military indoctrination, a military train took him and his fellow raw recruits south to Fort Benning, Georgia.

In the Fall of 1943, the U.S and its Allies were taking a beating in Europe, Africa, and the Pacific. In planning for a long war, the nation needed trained and educated personnel, particularly engineers.  After basic training he was sent to The Citadel in South Carolina as part of the Army Specialized Training Program (ASTP) to study engineering. The Citadel was deeply ingrained with the traditions of the Old South adding to his third culture shock in the barely 12 months since finishing high school: college, the Army, and now the unreconstructed remains of the Confederacy that Charleston held dear.  The Civil War had ended 75 years earlier but Charleston seemed not to have noticed.

Aptitude testing of the some 1500 members of the ASTP at The Citadel filtered 75 of them to go on to pre-medical training and compete for medical school.  Harvey headed to Vanderbilt and then to Houston, to Baylor Medical School.  It was during this time at Baylor that Harvey met and fell in love with Marguerite.

Upon completion of his studies at Baylor, Harvey began an internship at Indianapolis General Hospital, leaving Marguerite behind.  Six weeks later, in mid-August, already drained, he realized the pointlessness of enduring all this without Marguerite.  She sounded skeptical when he telephoned and asked her to marry him in Indianapolis. Since she knew of his penniless state she was not surprised that he did not have the money to buy their rings. Marguerite sent him $25 for matching gold rings from Rost jewelers in downtown Indianapolis.  He never repaid her for the rings. Marguerite never removed her ring; at the end she said it was going with her, and it did. Harvey wore his ring until he remarried.

Upon completion of his internship in Indianapolis, Harvey began residency at Children’s Hospital in Boston.  In 1950, while in Boston, Harvey returned to the army as part of the Korean War effort.  He was stationed at Fort Bliss in El Paso, where in November 1951 his first son, David, was born to the happy couple.

 

In 1953, Harvey returned to Houston as the first (and only) pathologist at the new Texas Children’s Hospital.  Later that year, his son, Larry, was born, bringing great joy to the delighted Harvey and Marguerite, and an end to the good life for older brother David.  

 

Time passed .  Harvey joined the staff at the University of Texas and Hermann Hospital in 1978, where he continued to work and teach until his retirement in 2017.  In between those years came the devastation of losing his cherished Marguerite. In 1988, Harvey was fortunate to find and marry his dear love, Jana.

 

Harvey received many awards and had numerous accomplishments.  The Harlan J. Spjut Award, the Harvey S. Rosenberg Chair in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and his work on the annual Perspectives in Pediatric Pathology come to mind.  This obituary is lacking, failing to capture Harvey’s character and achievements.  His family will remember that there was no time, ever, that he did not act with the upmost care to protect and guide them.  He watched over us till the end.

 

Giants once roamed the earth, but no more.

A Graveside service will be held at 1:00 pm Sunday, December 2, 2018 at Emanu El Memorial Park, 8341 Bissonnet St, Houston, Texas 77074

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    Amanda Zeno says

    My sympathies and deepest condolences to the Rosenberg family. My thoughts and prayers are with the family.

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    Meenakshi Bhattacharjee says

    Dear Jana and the Rosenberg Family:

    My sincere condolences for this great loss – We shall all miss seeing this true gentleman pathologist.

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    Dollett White says

    Sorry to hear about the passing of Dr. Rosenberg. I trained in pathology at UT from 2005 to 2009 and now as a forensic pathologist every so often something he said to me while doing some examination or looking at some pediatric slide or another will pop into my mind. I am thankful for his influence on my career and seeing his dedication to our field and teaching.

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    sara says

    Dr Rosenberg: I had the honor and privilege of being your resident at UT Houston. As an attending, you lead me and fellow residents by example – not only as an excellent pathologist, but also as an exemplary human being. And you did all of this with admirable grace and wonderful sense of humor. You will live on in the hears and brains of all your trainees.

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    Drs. Edwin and Marsha Eigenbrodt says

    We are so sorry for the loss of such a wonderful colleague, friend and physician. He will be greatly missed.

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    emilia o oleszak says

    Dear Jana,

    We are deeply saddened by the loss of your husband.. We are thinking of you during these difficult times.
    Emilia Oleszak and Chris Platsoucas

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    Marylee Kott says

    Dear Rosenberg family,
    The world truly has lost a giant. I loved Dr. Rosenberg and will miss him dearly. I am sorry I missed the service – just saw the announcement today (Monday). All will be in my prayers – and fondest memories. May he rest in peace.
    Marylee

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    Ana Lopez says

    Dr. Rosenberg will be missed. Thank you for so many years of teaching pathology residents. Dr. Rosenberg was such an inspiration to me. He was always so gracious and such a wonderful pathologist!

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