Benedict L. "Ben" Rosenberg

An Owings Mills insurance executive and World War II veteran

April 08, 2010|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Benedict L. "Ben" Rosenberg, a longtime insurance executive who served aboard a Liberty ship during World War II, died Monday of a brain tumor at Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center & Hospital. He was 89.

Mr. Rosenberg, the son of an insurance agent and a homemaker, was born in Baltimore and raised near Lake Ashburton.

After graduating in 1938 from Forest Park High School, Mr. Rosenberg apprenticed at an insurance firm where he learned the property and casualty insurance business.

In 1943, Mr. Rosenberg enlisted in the merchant marine and served as a steward aboard a Liberty ship that transported U.S. soldiers home from Europe.

After the war, Mr. Rosenberg returned to Baltimore and, in 1948, co-founded Insurance Inc., a property and casualty firm, with brother Bernie Rosenberg and several others.

"Later financial success did not change his ability to understand and empathize with working-class people," said a son, Bruce L. Rosenberg, of Pikesville.

Since 1998, Mr. Rosenberg had been semiretired.

"Even though he was semiretired, he still went to his Owings Mills office five days a week," said another son, Del. Samuel I. Rosenberg of Baltimore.

Mr. Rosenberg, who for years lived at Park Heights and Strathmore avenues before moving to Pikesville, had been a member of the board of the Pennsylvania National Insurance Co.

He was a member of the Suburban Club and was an avid tennis player, continuing to enjoy the sport until two months before his death. He was also an Orioles fan.

Mr. Rosenberg was a member of Har Sinai Congregation, and in 1963, joined with fellow congregants and participated in the historic 1963 civil rights march on Washington.

Plans for a memorial service were incomplete Wednesday.

Also surviving are his wife of 64 years, the former Babette Hecht; another son, Stewart H. Rosenberg of Cockeysville; and two grandchildren.

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