Victoria Lynn Rosen, 50, public relations specialist

November 19, 1998|By Robert Hilson Jr. | Robert Hilson Jr.,SUN STAFF

Victoria Lynn Rosen, co-director of the Carson Scholars Fund and a local public relations specialist for nearly 20 years, died Monday of a cerebral hemorrhage at the St. Joseph Medical Center in Towson.

Mrs. Rosen, 50, of Towson, joined the Carson Scholars Fund in January and helped create programs to reward outstanding students, from elementary through high school, with scholarship money to be invested toward their college education.

"Vicki was a delight to everyone. You never saw her without a smile," said Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, director of pediatric neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions and president and co-founder of the non-profit fund. "She inspired others with her creativity, enthusiasm and overall generous nature.

"She was so outgoing and so compassionate. She always had the ability to look at things from other peoples' points of view."

The Carson Scholars Fund asks Baltimore-area schools to nominate top students for a program that would allow them to apply for $1,000 in scholarship funds every year until they graduate from high school. The money would be invested for use at a four-year college.

The fund has more than 60 scholars, all of whom maintain at least a 3.5 grade-point average.

Dr. Carson said Mrs. Rosen was deeply committed to the fund and worked many fund-raisers to benefit youngsters.

"She believed in trying to reward for academics, the same as we do for sports," he said.

Born in Tipton, Mo., and a 1972 graduate of the University of Missouri, the former Victoria Dueber came to Maryland in the early 1970s. She worked in a variety of jobs, including one at Westinghouse and others in public relations at Sinai, Fallston General and Franklin Square hospitals.

From 1991 to 1997, she was director of public relations and marketing for Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital.

She was past president of the Baltimore Public Relations Council and the Maryland Society of Health Care Marketing and Public Relations. She also was a member of the Maryland Press Club.

Mrs. Rosen was an avid reader and wrote fiction. She also enjoyed collecting teapots, heart-shaped ornaments and bunny memorabilia.

"She had the most incredible bunny collection in the world," said her husband, Michael H. Rosen, whom she married in 1995. "She literally had thousands of bunnies of all shapes and sizes."

Services are scheduled for 12: 30 p.m. tomorrow at the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen, 5300 N. Charles St.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Dara Hunter of White Marsh; her mother, Winifred Dueber of Tipton; two brothers, Rodney Dueber of Four Seasons, Mo., and Randall Dueber of California, Mo.; three sisters, Tracey Veulemans and Lisa Knipp, both of Tipton, and Nana Dueber of Boca Raton, Fla.; and a granddaughter.

Donations may be sent to the Carson Scholars Fund, attention Vicki Rosen Memorial, 305 W. Chesapeake Ave., Suite L-020, Towson, Md. 21204.

Pub Date: 11/19/98

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