Alan Herbert Rosenstein of Naples, Florida, passed away peacefully on March 11, 2023, in the Care Center at Bentley Village. Alan was born on July 4, 1936, and was raised in Baltimore, Maryland. He was the son of the late Harry and Gertrude Rosenstein and was the eldest of three brothers.
Alan graduated from Forest Park High School in 1954, and graduated from Drexel University with a Bachelor of Science in Metallurgical Engineering in 1959. Alan was then employed by the Department of the Navy and worked in Annapolis, Maryland. He married Diane Harrison in 1961, and earned a Master of Arts Degree in Personnel Administration from George Washington University in 1963. Alan and Diane then moved to Golden, Colorado, where Alan attended graduate school at the Colorado School of Mines, compliments of the Navy. They enjoyed their time in Colorado where he graduated with a Degree of Doctor of Science. A love of the mountains and skiing blossomed during this time. Their son, Gary Foster, was born in 1964 in Denver. Alan and Diane returned to Maryland and his career with the Navy at the Naval Lab in Annapolis. Their daughter, Jamie Sue, was born in 1966 in Annapolis. Alan and Diane raised their family in Bowie, Maryland.
Shortly after their return to Annapolis, Alan was offered a position with the Air Force Office of Scientific Research (AFOSR) and began a long and enriching career as a research scientist and manager responsible for Air Force research programs. Alan selected universities and corporate aerospace companies, and their graduate students and research departments, to fund materials and metallurgical related programs. Alan was proud of his career and especially delighted in his ability to select graduate students who achieved world-wide recognition due to the work funded by AFOSR programs selected and managed by Alan.
Competitive sports were a large and important part of Alan’s life. He played football and lacrosse at both Forest Park High School and Drexel University. Alan excelled, earning “All-American” in lacrosse in 1959 (US Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association), Captains Club honors, and was on the 75th anniversary Drexel all-time lacrosse team recognizing only 36 members from those years. Alan continues to hold the Drexel record for most points in a game, 13 points, Drexel vs. Lafayette in 1959. Later in life he was passionate about running marathons, completing 4, as well as playing competitive tennis.
Alan married Karen Strand in 1991 in Washington D.C. Karen shared with Alan his love of travel, tennis, golf and skiing, and their active enjoyment of these activities lasted for decades.
Alan retired from AFOSR in 1995, and they moved to Bonita Springs, Florida, where Bonita Bay became their home until moving to Bentley Village in 2014. At Bentley, Alan continued his active participation in sports where he developed many new friendships while enjoying these sports. Alan took pride in having 4 holes-in-ones at the Bentley Golf Course as well as his newly found enthusiasm for bocce.
Alan is survived by his loving wife, Karen, his son Gary Rosenstein (wife Paula) and his daughter, Jamie Miller (husband Rich). He loved deeply his five grandchildren: Henry Rosenstein, Audrey Rosenstein, Mica Miller, Bo Miller and Alina Miller. He is also survived by his brother, Marvin Rosenstein (wife Sandee), his nephew, Eric Rosenstein (wife Colette), his two nieces, Stacey and Alissa Rosenstein; his sister-in-law, Jeanne Rosenstein, and two nieces Heather Perfetta (husband Pat) and Kerri Rosenstein. In addition to his parents, Alan was preceded in death by his youngest brother, Howard Rosenstein (wife Jeanne).
A memorial service will be held on March 16 at 10:30 a.m. at Shikany’s Bonita Funeral Home, 28300 Tamiami Trail South, Bonita Springs, Florida 34134, followed by a gathering of relatives and friends at Bentley Village.
A funeral service will be held in Baltimore, Maryland, on March 26 at 10:30 a.m. at Sol Levinson & Bros. Inc., 8900 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville, Maryland 21208, immediately followed by burial at Oheb Shalom Memorial Park. After the services, the family will sit Shiva at Beth El Congregation, 8101 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore, Maryland from the hours of 12:30-8:00 p.m.
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In lieu of flowers, a memorial gift to the “Bentley Wings” Scholarship Fund would be sincerely appreciated. Please make out checks to: Bentley Village Foundation, Inc. and mail to: 701 Retreat Drive, #400, Naples, Florida 34110. If you prefer to donate online, a link will be available via sollevinson.com.