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Obituary, Harold D. Rosenbaum, M.D., 88, Fairplay, KY, native

He brought great honor to Adair County through his extraordinary successes in life, including his distinguished career in medicine. He performed the first heart catheterization in Kentucky while at St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington, KY, and was the first Chairman of the the radiology department at Chandler Medical Center. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. His exemplary life included service in church, charitable, and health organizations. Services and burial will be Saturday, January 10, 2010, in Lexington, KY.

Harold D. Rosenbaum, M.D., 88, Lexington, KY, husband of Doris Fooks Rosenbaum, Chairman Emeritus of the Department of Diagnostic Radiology, University of Kentucky Chandler Medical Center, passed away on Sunday, January 3, 2010.

He was born in Fairplay, KY, to the late George Leslie and Maude May Rosenbaum. He graduated from Berea College and Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Rosenbaum was a U.S. Army veteran, serving as a physician at the Fitzsimmons Military Base in Denver, CO, during World War II. Following the war, while in private practice in Lexington, KY, Dr. Rosenbaum performed the first heart catheterization done in Kentucky, at St. Joseph Hospital.

In 1960, Dr. Rosenbaum was appointed the first chairman of Radiology at the Chandler Medical Center. He retired from the University in 1993.

Dr. Rosenbaum was a member of Southern Hills United Methodist Church, where he served on the Board of Trustees. He did volunteer work for the Salvation Army, Boy Scouts, Kentucky Breast Cancer Coalition, and was a reader of textbooks for the visually impaired.

In June, Doris and Harold would have celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary.

Dr. Rosenbaum was preceded in death by three brothers, Elwood Rosenbaum, Stanley Rosenbaum, and Bert Rosenbaum, and two sisters, Violet Landry and Mattie Cecil Rosenbaum.

In addition to his wife, Doris, Dr. Rosenbaum is survived by six children, Robin Rosenbaum, Skokie, IL; Nancy (Jerry) Jones, Danville, KY; Paula (Matthew) Jones, Ft. Ann, NY; Harold Rosenbaum, Pulaski, TN; Stanley D. Rosenbaum, Albany, NY; and Anthony Rosenbaum, Lexington, KY.

He is further survived by seven grandchildren, Amy Jones, Jef Jones, John (Carolyne) Krupa, Daniel (Veneza) Juarez, Lisa (Ethan) Jackson, Lesley (Brett) Thompson, and Ellen (Wes) Pate.

He is also survived by six great grandchildren, several nieces, nephews, and three sisters-in-law, Barbara Rosenbaum, Frankie Meeks, and Helen Sims.

He will be greatly missed by his wife, children, and grandchildren who loved him dearly.

The family would like to express their appreciation to Dr. John Gurley, Dr. Thomas Von Unrug, and the nursing staff in Continuing Care at St. Joseph Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 11amET, Saturday, January 10, 2010, at Southern Hills United Methodist Church on Harrodsburg RD, Lexington, KY, by Rev. Dennis Burrows. Burial will follow in Lexington Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations on behalf of Dr. Rosenbaum may be made to The Dorris and Harold Rosenbaum Scholarship Fund, C.P.O. 2216, Berea College, Berea, KY. Kerr Brothers Funeral Home, Harrodsburg RD, Lexington, KY, is in charge of arrangements.
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