Mark Victor Rosenker

December 8, 1946September 26, 2020

The Committal Service for Major General Mark V. Rosenker is scheduled for April 21, 2021, 1:00 pm, at Arlington National Cemetery.

Mark V. Rosenker of McLean, Virginia passed away peacefully on 09/26/2020 at the age of 73, following a long, brave battle with brain cancer. He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Heather Beldon Rosenker.

Mark Rosenker was born in Baltimore, Md. His parents were the late Major (USAF Ret.) Stanley and Mrs. Irene Constance Rosenker (nee Moskovitz), both military veterans of WWII.

Mark graduated from Forest Park High School in Baltimore and the University of Maryland. Upon graduation in 1969, he was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force via ROTC program. He served 37 years of active and reserve duty in the Air Force, retiring in 2006 with the rank of Major General. In his long military service, General Rosenker's decorations included the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal and the Legion of Merit. He was a graduate of the Air Command and Staff College and the Air War College.

During his long and distinguished career in public service, Rosenker served under five U.S. Presidents, culminating in an assignment by President George W. Bush to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in 2003. In his nearly seven years with NTSB, he served as Member, Vice Chairman, and Chairman.

Prior to his appointment to the NTSB, he served as deputy assistant to the President of the United States and Director of the White House Military Office. General Rosenker was traveling on Air Force One with President George W. Bush on September 11, 2001.

Earlier in his career, Mark was appointed by President George H. W. Bush to serve on the American Battle Monuments Commission. During his career in civilian Federal service Mr. Rosenker received eight Presidential appointments, three of which required Senate confirmation. He held posts in the Department of the Interior, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Mark was the managing director of the Washington, D.C. office for the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS) from October 1999 to January 2001, following many years with the Electronic Industries Alliance. After the NTSB, Rosenker founded and was the president of the Transportation Safety Group LLC, a specialized consulting firm focused on transportation safety issues in the U.S. and around the world. Renewing his long passion for communications, Mark joined CBS network as its Transportation Safety Analyst, appearing often on television and radio to comment on trains, planes, and automobiles. He was a popular speaker at aviation and transportation industry events.

In 2018, Mark and Heather founded The Rosenker Center for Political Communication and Civic Leadership at The University of Maryland. The Center is committed to the advancement of a diverse and productive democracy through the study of human communication. Mark will be remembered for his ebullient personality, his love for America, to his country, and as a beloved husband and friend.

Celebration of Life/Memorial Service for Mr. Rosenker will be held at 11am on Friday, October 2, 2020 at the National Funeral Home 7482 Lee Highway, Falls Church, VA 22042, 703-560-4400 Services will be streamed via Facebook. Please go to National Funeral Home's Facebook page to see the services live. He will be buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery at a date and time to be announced.

Honorary Pallbearers are The Hon. Bradley Blakeman, General Dale (Tim) White, James Davison, Col. Martin Ganderson, William (Bill) Hart, Thomas (Tom) Patton, Robert (Bob) Schwartzberg, Gary Smith, William (Bill) Snyder, Larry Schlenoff and Robert (Bob) Wilhelm.

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R. Smokey Bassett

January 2, 2021

"Major" Mark was a reserve officer in the 1776th Air Base Wing, Public Affairs Office while I served as the PA Superintendent in 1985-88. I respected his professionalism and friendship. When I retired from active duty he attended the ceremony representing President Ronald Reagan and presented a set of engraved cuff-links on behalf of the President. He was one of the finest officers I had the pleasure of serving with. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

Sara Summers

November 18, 2020

Mark was one of the most entertaining people I have ever met - he could fit in anywhere and talk to anyone.
So happy to have a live let memory of he and Heather at my daughter’s wedding.
We had a blast.
Bless you Mark and thank you for your service to our nation.

Congressman John Mica

October 21, 2020

Learning today of Mark's passing I wanted to extend my deepest sympathy to his wife and family. It was an honor to work with such a personable, knowledgeable and well respected gentleman over the years . His public service and friendship over the years leave grateful and fond memories. May Mark rest in peace.

Kim King Carlisle

October 2, 2020

Years ago when I worked at EIA and knew Mark I always loved the banter and camaraderie he inspired. Those of us who were entry level and just getting our feet wet, looked up to him and were really impressed with his Air Force and War Memorial Commission efforts outside of his work M-F. He was in the higher ranks but he never made us feel like we were the lower rungs on the ladder. He treated us like team members and friends. He was a prince.

I’ll also never forgot how exciting it was when he found Heather. We were all so happy for them. Such a wonderful match that added an extra pep in his step. It took him to he another level of happy— well beyond his regular happy self.

It was so great to see him move into more exciting levels of service to his country. I’d see him in the news and tell my kids I knew him.

My sympathy Heather. I’m so sorry for your loss.

Joann Piccolo

October 2, 2020

I have known Mark since the mid-80's and considered him a wonderful colleague and good friend over the many years. There was never a time that Mark was too busy to help a friend.
Heather - Tim and I wish we could join you today for the services but, we will be watching and honoring Mark remotely.
Our thoughts and prayers have been been with you both throughout his illness and will continue .
May Mark rest in peace.
Joann Piccolo & Tim Carmody

Barbara Riggs

October 2, 2020

Heather: I am sorry to miss paying tribute to Mark in person, but please know my thoughts and prayers are with you today. I will be in touch so I can see you personally to pay my respects.

Mark was the epitome of a dedicated patriot and public servant, one with tremendous energy and integrity. It was my great privilege to have had our careers intersect at the White House.

Love to you,

Barbara Riggs

Chris Caine

October 2, 2020

Mark and I worked together in the early 80's at the Electronic Industries Association (EIA) and I always valued his determination, focus, and team spirit. Whether we agreed or disagreed, Mark's integrity and honesty was always evident.

We stayed in touch over the years. He was a fun and engaging individual and I am honored and happy to call him a friend.

Rest in peace and with the better angels Mark.

Chris (and Betsy) Caine

Kevin Tracy

October 1, 2020

In the days when people could have opposite points of view and discuss them, I always enjoyed my interactions with Mark. I have thought about them fondly many times in this environment over the last several years.
He had a great sense of humor that made it impossible to get angry and a way of organizing thoughts that made it difficult, at best, to counter his position. I was very sorry to hear of his passing and regret not being able to attend the service Friday. Hopefully, I will be able to attend his interment at Arlington to pay him the respect that he earned from me.

Debbie Hersman

October 1, 2020

I met Mark at the NTSB in 2004. He was a big presence with a zest for life, politics and debating large and small issues. He loved America, he loved being Chairman of the NTSB and he loved Heather - he said these things often and they showed in his actions.

Mark enjoyed the ceremonies and the traditions. He got to take part in many things throughout his career... below is a photo from NTSB Night at the Nats when he threw out the first pitch at the Nationals game. Wish I could have added more than one - the pic of him waving from the mound is awesome - classic Mark - what a showman! But of course the one with Heather is the winner. Heather, may you be comforted by many wonderful memories of happy times together.

Dennis Levinson

October 1, 2020

Mark and I were college roommates and friends. We shared many wonderful experiences including a European vacation and an abundance of uproarious laughter. I was fortunate to attend Mark and Heather's wedding. I know that Mark and Heather led a wonderfully exciting and rich life together. My heartfelt condolences to Heather. Mark will be missed!