Eleanor Rosenberg, 75

Philanthropist

January 25, 2007|By Jacques Kelly | Jacques Kelly,Sun reporter

Eleanor K. Rosenberg, a philanthropist who raised funds for local charities and was an advocate for the disabled, died Jan. 18 of complications from multiple sclerosis at Union Memorial Hospital. The North Baltimore resident was 75.

Born Eleanor Kantor in Charleston, W.Va., and raised in Logan, W.Va., she was a 1952 graduate of Simmons College in Boston, where she earned a degree in business.

After her 1952 marriage to Crown Central Petroleum executive Henry Rosenberg, she moved to Baltimore and became involved in charities and the arts. They later divorced.

She joined the board of the former Hospital for the Women of Maryland in 1959 and remained active after its move to Towson as the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. She was a founding member of the committee that organized GBMC's annual "nearly new" clothing sale.

"My mother deeply cared about her community and society at large," said a son, Edward "Ned" Rosenberg of Stevenson.

Mrs. Rosenberg was co-chairwoman of the Baltimore Museum of Art's 1978-1981 capital campaign, which funded the museum's 1982 east wing addition. At her death, she was a lifetime honorary trustee of the BMA and had earlier been elected to its board and served on numerous BMA committees.

She also belonged to the Council of Jewish Women and was active in Associated Jewish Charities. She was co-chairwoman of the AJC women's division fundraising campaign of 1970-1971, and president of the women's division from 1977 to 1979.

Family members said that after she developed multiple sclerosis about 20 years ago -- and stopped walking -- she became a board member of national and Maryland committees on disabilities, and committees on the disabled associated with Tuerk House, the Jewish Community Center and AJC. She often attended their meetings in a wheelchair.

"She was an activist. She didn't care if she called the mayor and the governor about some issue," said Barbara Himmelrich, a friend. "Although she suffered terribly over the past few years, she never gave up and she never complained. She was a fighter, not only for herself but for the lives of others."

Mrs. Rosenberg was also a founder of the Maryland chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

Services were held Sunday at Temple Oheb Shalom, where she was a member.

Survivors include two other sons, Terry Rosenberg of Phoenix, Baltimore County, and Frank B. Rosenberg of Lutherville; a brother, Norris Kantor of Bluefield, W.Va.; and four grandchildren.

jacques.kelly@baltsun.com

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