Richard H. Rosenthal, 46, coached kids' teams, was drug salesman

May 04, 2002|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,SUN STAFF

Richard H. Rosenthal, a drug salesman who coached amateur sports teams, died of a lymphoma Tuesday at Johns Hopkins Hospital. He was 46 and lived in Owings Mills.

Mr. Rosenthal represented the McKesson Corp., a Landover drug wholesaler, and called on independent pharmacies in the Baltimore, Washington and Northern Virginia area for the past 15 years.

Born in Baltimore and raised on Stevenson Road in Pikesville, he was a graduate of Pikesville Junior High School and Pikesville High School. He earned a bachelor's degree in physical education, recreation and health at the University of Maryland, College Park.

He worked as a recreation therapist at local nursing homes before becoming a manufacturer's representative for Lorus wristwatches and the Swank brand of men's accessories. About 15 years ago he joined McKesson.

"He would smooth out whatever adversarial conditions existed," said Roy Rodman, owner of Rodman's Discount Food and Drug stores, a Washington chain. "His nature was nonconfrontational, soothing. When the business environment got contentious, he put a kinder face on the situation."

Stephen Handelman, owner of Woodhaven Pharmacy in Parkville, described him as "one of the kindest, gentlest and most honest men I've ever met."

"He was a good guy who was always there to help you," said Brian L. Schumer, a pharmacist at Tuxedo Pharmacy in Roland Park. "He made sure you got your order and that it was done right."

"He was a sales rep, but he tried very hard to be your friend," said Jan Huppmann, manager of Oakdale Pharmacy in Catonsville.

Mr. Rosenthal played basketball, tennis and baseball with friends in pickup games at local schools. While in high school and college he was a Pikesville Recreation and Parks Council administrator at Wellwood Elementary School. He later coached his daughter's basketball team and his son's soccer team.

Family members said he had Ravens season tickets and formerly followed the Colts. He collected the teams' memorabilia. He also was a Pittsburgh Pirates fan and devotee of Roberto Clemente, as well as an avid University of Maryland fan.

He was a member of Beth Israel Congregation.

Mr. Rosenthal is survived by his wife of 23 years, the former Ilene Leslie Wexler; a 12 year-old son, Stephen Rosenthal, and a 17-year-old daughter, Erin, both of Owings Mills; a brother, Jonas Rosenthal of Wells, Vt.; and a sister, Jane Rapkin of Bellmore, N.Y.

Services were held Thursday in Pikesville.

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