Morton G. Rosenstein
September 11, 1931 – September 8, 2018
Dr. Morton G. Rosenstein passed away peacefully at his home on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at the age of 86 three days before of his 87th birthday. Mort was born on September 11, 1931 in New York and moved to the Long Beach area in 1942 with his Mother Sue, his Father Kalmer, and younger Brother Ira. He remained in California for the remainder of his life. Following a good friend, he moved to Fresno to attend Fresno State College, graduating in 1954. He knew that he wanted to be a physician and took graduate school classes before starting USC Medical School in 1956. He graduated from USC in 1960 and returned to Fresno to complete his internship and residency at Fresno County General Hospital. In 1964, he began his obstetrics and gynecological practice.
Mort practiced in Fresno for nearly 40 years delivery generations of Fresnans and caring for their parents. He loved every single day of being a doctor. He was an active member of the medical community, including roles as Medical Staff President at both Valley Medical Center and Saint Agnes. In addition to his work in Fresno, Mort became engaged with the United States Figure Skating Association. In this capacity, he became a National Accountant and a Team Doctor, including participating on the team at three World Figure Skating Championships. He was a member of the associations Board of Directors and Chair of the Sports Medicine Committee. After retirement, Mort continued his role supporting the youth of Fresno through his volunteer activities. Starting with a two-year term on Fresno County's Grand Jury (including a year as Jury Forman), Mort became fully engaged in the community. He served as Board President and Member for the Central Valley Community Foundation (previously Fresno Regional Foundation), Focus Forward and Exceptional Parents Unlimited. Mort believed deeply in the importance of caring for all of our youth and for the potential of Fresno. His community volunteer work was recognized by receipt of the Comprehensive Youth Service Lloyd Poore Award in 2009 and Board of Supervisor recognition on December 8, 2015 as Morton Rosenstein Day in Fresno County.
Mort loved crosswords and cards, often playing bridge or cribbage with his friends and family. He was an avid skier and sailor and loved both China Peak/Sierra Summit and Huntington Lake. He was a tinkerer who was always bringing new technology into the house.
Most importantly, as his family will remember him, he was a rock, always calm and gentle, always willing to help anyone and always free with his hugs and smiles. He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Donna, his children, Kevin and Jason, Beth and Barry. One of his most proud roles was that of Papa to Brooks and Bebe. They shared innumerable smiles and hugs.
The family extends our greatest appreciation to Mort’s care providers: Moby for all of her love and care, Saint Agnes Hospice, and Right at Home.
There will be a Celebration of Life on Sunday, September 16th, 2018 at Temple Beth Israel at 1:30 pm.
Remembrances may be made to Exceptional Parents Unlimited, 4440 N. First St, Fresno, CA 93726 or a charity of your choice. Charitable giving was always deeply important to Mort.
- He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Donna, his children, Kevin and Jason, Beth and Barry and his brother Ira Rosenstein. One of his most proud roles was that of Papa to Brooks and Bebe. Morton also leaves behind two grandchildren to cherish his memory.
- Celebration of Life Sunday, September 16, 2018
Morton G. Rosenstein
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December 12, 2018
My condolences to the Rosenstein family. I knew Mort and Ira when they were growing up in Long Beach. Their parents and mine (Joe and Sara Yaffe) were members of the same temple (Sinai). Mort and my brother Mo Hollander were good friends. I just saw the announcement in this month's Skating magazine.
September 22, 2018
Thank you, Dr. Rosenstein for all you have done for me. You kept me healthy and delivered both of my daughters, one in 1977 and the other in 1980. Rest In Peace, you’ve earned it🙏💕
September 14, 2018
I’m so sorry to hear of Dr. Mort’s passing. My prayers go out to Donna and his family in this difficult time. Dr. Mort delivered my first born in March of 1987 - He was a kind soul.