Jack L. Rothenberg, bar owner, dies

He had owned Jack's Tavern in Highlandtown for 30 years

July 29, 2011|By Frederick N. Rasmussen, The Baltimore Sun | Baltimore Sun reporter

Jack L. Rothenberg, former owner of a Highlandtown tavern, died July 19 of heart failure at Sinai Hospital. He was 99.

The son of Russian immigrant parents, Mr. Rothenberg was born in Baltimore and raised in Hampden, where his parents owned and operated a tailoring shop.

After graduation from City College in 1930, and because of the Great Depression, Mr. Rothenberg worked at a series of jobs, including driving a taxi, selling insurance and shoes, and working on an assembly line at Westinghouse Electric Corp.

From the late 1940s until the late 1970s when he retired, he was the proprietor and owner of Jack's Tavern in Highlandtown. He also owned and managed several houses that were located near his bar.

The longtime Pikesville resident enjoyed owning classic sports cars, and over the years owned and drove Triumphs, MGs and Austin Healys.

Mr. Rothenberg had been an avid Baltimore Colts fan and was a fan of the Ravens and Orioles.

He had been a member of the Baltimore Hebrew Congregation.

His wife of more than 56 years, the former Selma Rogers, died in 1990.

Services were held July 22.

Surviving are six grandchildren and a great-granddaughter. His son, Alan Lee Rothenberg, died in 1981; and his daughter, Susan Rothenberg Ericson, died in 2002.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

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