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Joseph Aaron Rosenbaum ’66

Joseph Aaron Rosenbaum ’66, May 31, 2012, in New York City, unexpectedly from a heart attack. Joe grew up on East 12th Street in New York City and lived in the same apartment near Union Square throughout his life. Visitors to the city always received a kind welcome from Joe, who was a great tour guide to all things New York. He was an astute student of the political left, and he was funny, wry, warm, and observant of life around him. He left New York to attend Reed for two years, and he loved talking about the experience, especially the people he met there. He also attended SUNY, Stony Brook, and studied film briefly at New York University. Joe was a voluminous reader who loved music. Friends remember well this verse by Charles Wesley that Joe sang a capella when he was at Reed:

And am I born to die?
To lay this body down?
And must my trembling spirit fly
Into a world unknown—

Details for this memorial were provided by Chuck Bigelow ’67, Leon Cantor ’66, Elizabeth Shaw Cronbach ’66, Michael Cronbach ’65, Larry Glickman ’65, Bob Gottlieb ’65, Tom Roeper ’65, and Tom Rossen ’65.

Appeared in Reed magazine: December 2012

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