OBITUARY

Melvin Rosenstein

July 2, 1927October 14, 2017

Arrangements under the direction of IJ Morris at Star of David of the Palm Beaches, West Palm Beach, FL.

Services

  • Chapel Servive Monday, October 16, 2017
REMEMBERING

Melvin Rosenstein

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Ellen Harris

December 27, 2017

Mel was a beautiful person, so kind and likeable as well as handsome. Wonderful Cynthia was the truest of friends to my mother (Barbara) for which I will forever be grateful, and Mel and Cynthia gave a toast together at my wedding... I am so sad to think of this loss, and they are both in my heart.

Takemi Ueno

November 6, 2017

Mr. Rosenstein was a wonderful person and teacher. He aptly wrote in my senior yearbook that I should stop and smell the roses -- people today are still telling me to slow down!

Takemi Ueno (Wheatley '83)

Janet Schaffel

November 5, 2017

I am sorry for your loss.

I would like to confirm what other Wheatley grads have already said. He was an outstanding and memorable teacher. I often quote him. If we had a class with a lab, the day would end with "A place for everything and everything in its place. Everyone is cleaning up" said with his characteristic singsong expression. Just ask my kids how many times they heard me quote him!

Bruno Giufurta 78

November 5, 2017

As you would say at the end of each class..."it's cleanup time, everyone is cleaning up" still brings a good nemory of what was a great learning time in Mr. Rosenstein's classroom. His style was always entertaining and informative as well. Rest in peace.

Rob Kopel

November 5, 2017

"It's clean-up time, everyone is cleaning up. There's a place for everything and everything in it's place. It's clean-up time." After 35 years, I can still here Mr. Rosenstein belt out these words at the end of each class

Jay Hack

November 5, 2017

I have had many great teachers over the years, all the way to Nobel Laureate Joseph Brodsky, who was my poetry teacher at The University of Michigan, but the teacher who probably had the greatest influence on me was Mel Rosenstein. The Wheatley School, Honors chemistry 1965/66. One of his favorite sayings about his class went something like, "This is not the Yellow Cab Company where you can sit back, relax and enjoy the ride." In class, it meant that you had to be involved, answer questions and ask them. To me, it meant that you had to be involved in life and be active for it. I changed his saying in substance, but not in principle, and now I say "Life is not a spectator sport" about once a week, either to explain why I do what I do, or to urge others to accomplish things and make contributions.

Eugene Razzetti

November 5, 2017

Mr. Rosenstein taught General Science and Chemistry at The Wheatley School on Long Island. Like many young teachers, he also held down a number of part-time jobs while raising a family. He had served in the U.S. Navy prior to attending NYU for his bachelors and masters. He was a great teacher, counselor, and mentor. He gave generously of what little free time he had, including holding impromptu slide rule and equation balancing classes after hours. I thought of him often during my own Navy career, and told him so when we met in 2011, marking the 50th anniversary of my high school class. He taught me then, and ever since.
Gene Razzetti
Alexandria, VA

Ed Roman

November 5, 2017

It is sad to hear of Mr. Rosenstein's passing. We were fortunate to have numerous outstanding teachers at Wheatley in the 50's and 60's. Mr. Rosenstein stood out as one of the best, of the best. He was my teacher for both general science, as well as chemistry. Not only was he knowledgeable and an excellent teacher, but he supplied personality and levity with his instruction, that helped keep us interested. Not just a teacher, he was a friend, and will be missed by all.

Kit Ryan

November 5, 2017

Mr. Rosenstein's penchant for wit in the classroom will always be remembered. One saying I will never forget he used to say before every exam, "Neither a borrower nor a lender be, but to thine own self be true" (from Hamlet). You are a truly great teacher wherever you are.

Dave Berwald

November 5, 2017

Who can forget the "Chemistree" that Mr. Rosenstein made for the holiday season? If you did, then he might respond with one of my all time favorites; to wit "Listen as these words of wisdom issue forth from my ruby reds unto your pink and shell-like." I met him once in retirement in West Palm Beach where he moonlighted as an airport security officer. He was in excellent spirits.