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Press Release
January 19, 2010
***MEDIA ADVISORY*** Memorial Service scheduled for Brig. Gen. (ret.) Fred Rosenbaum
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***MEDIA ADVISORY: Any media wishing to attend Brig. Gen. Rosenbaum's service, beginning at 12:00 p.m., should meet at the main entrance gate on Cornfoot Road at 11:15 a.m. to be escorted onto Portland Air National Guard Base.***

The Oregon Air National Guard is scheduled to hold a public memorial service for retired Brig. Gen. Fred M. Rosenbaum, in the Rosenbaum Hangar (bldg. 375), at the Portland Air National Guard Base at noon on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

Rosenbaum, who retired from the Oregon Air National Guard in 1986, passed away in the early morning hours of Jan. 12, 2010. He was 83.

Rosenbaum served in the U.S. Army during WWII, and in both the Oregon Army and Oregon Air National Guard over his 42-year military career. His most recent position was as the Assistant Adjutant General (Air) for the Oregon National Guard.

He attended Reed College, Northwestern College of Law, and Portland State University, earning advanced degrees in political science and urban studies. He also served as the Chairman for the Housing Authority of Portland for 13 years, working closely with state, federal and local authorities to improve the livelihood of numerous residents in Housing of Urban Development neighborhoods.

He is best known for the founding of Rosenbaum Financial, LLC, a life insurance brokerage, in 1957, and the annual citizenship youth camp which bears his name, Camp Rosenbaum, in 1972.

Over his lifetime, he was involved in a very active civic life, serving in such positions as the Director of the Urban League of Portland, Chairman of the Human Relations Commission of Portland, President of Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Trustee of the Boys Club of Portland, President of the National Guard Association of Oregon, and the Governor's Committee on Youth.

Maj. Gen. Raymond F. Rees, The Adjutant General, Oregon National Guard, said Rosenbaum lived a truly inspiring life.

"We have been blessed that his ardent interest in public service included the military and the Oregon National Guard," Rees said of Rosenbaum.

"Generations of the Oregon Guard can point to his leadership as key to our great success in all areas of fair and equitable treatment of all soldiers and airmen and our remarkable efforts to be of service to our communities," Rees added.

Rosenbaum is survived by his wife of nearly 55 years, the former Jane Schlesinger, son Mark, daughter Lori Krasnowsky, and three grandchildren.

The public and media are welcome to attend the memorial ceremony at the Portland Air Base. The address is: 6800 SW Cornfoot Road, Portland, Ore.

In lieu of flowers and gifts, the family is requesting donations in his memory to the following charities:
1. Camp Rosenbaum Fund, c/o GREAT, 449 NE Emerson, Portland, Ore. 97211, ATTN: Erin Parks.
2. Portland State University Foundation, P.O. Box 243, Portland, Ore. 97043.
3. American Cancer Society, online at cancer.org,/Gifts in Memory.
4. Congregation Beth Israel, 1972 NW Flanders, Portland, Ore. 97209

Cards and letters can be sent to the family in care of Holman's Funeral Service, 2610 SE Hawthorne Boulevard, Portland, Ore. 97214. Phone: 503-232-5131.

Contact Info:
Major Melinda Lapore
142 Fighter Wing Public Affairs Officer