Recent Gilman grad dies in California crash

Brent Rosenberg, 23, was former Lutherville resident

September 20, 2010|By Liz F. Kay, The Baltimore Sun

A 2005 Gilman School alumnus has died after he was struck while walking across the Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu, Calif.

Brent Rosenberg, 23, spent most of his childhood in Lutherville and attended Wake Forest University, graduating in 2009, his mother, Ann, said Monday. The economics major earned a master's degree in management at Wake Forest the following year and was inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma honor society.

"He was just a very fun-loving, generous, intelligent, good-looking kid," she said.

Mr. Rosenberg had moved to Malibu in July to work as an analyst for Wilshire Associates, she said. On Friday, he was hit while walking toward his home after parking his car at about 6 p.m.

Crossing the multilane highway, he paused at the median and one car stopped for him, but when he stepped farther into traffic he was hit by a Toyota RAV4, according to the Los Angeles Times. He was evacuated by helicopter to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.

A preliminary police investigation found no indication that alcohol or excessive speed was involved in the accident.

Ann Rosenberg said her son was born in London and the family moved to Houston and Atlanta before settling in Lutherville.

Brent Rosenberg was part of the second generation in his family to attend Gilman; his father, Frank Rosenberg, was also an alumnus, and both parents were active at the school, said headmaster John E. Schmick.

The headmaster said Mr. Rosenberg was "a very kind, very compassionate kid."

As a student, "he could be a bit of a rascal at times," Mr. Schmick said. "He had a wonderful sense of humor. He just had a real zest for life."

Mr. Rosenberg played soccer and lacrosse at Gilman and played club lacrosse and soccer in college, Mrs. Rosenberg said. He was also an avid snowboarder who taught the sport during some college breaks, but he had recently taken up surfing, she said.

Laura Martini described her cousin as "extremely outgoing" and "always smiling."

"He had a sense of adventure," she said. "He was a little mischievous, always in a playful way. As a kid, he was always testing the boundaries."

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his sister, Amanda Jayne Rosenberg, 22; his paternal grandfather, Henry A. Rosenberg Jr.; and his maternal grandparents, C. Russell and Eloise Lockwood of Arlington Heights, Ill.

Funeral arrangements are pending and will be handled by Sol Levinson & Bros. Inc.

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