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Obituaries for current and former Scarsdale residents are posted online as they are received as a courtesy to family and friends who want to attend services. Obituaries are also printed in the newspaper on Friday if submitted to the editor, Debra Banerjee, by Tuesday at 5 p.m. There is no charge for publication. Submissions may be edited to conform with the paper's editorial style. To have an obituary published unedited, as a paid ad, contact Barbara Yeaker.

Fred L. Rosenberg

Fred L. Rosenberg, a Scarsdale resident from 1958 through 1973, died peacefully on Dec. 23, 2014, a month shy of his 96th birthday while living independently at Kendal on Hudson in Sleepy Hollow. He died 10 years to the day after the death of his wife of 56 years, artist Joan Mattison Rosenberg. The couple treasured their life and friends in Scarsdale as they raised children Eric and Vicki in a beautiful and busy home on Innes Road, his children said.

Born in New York City, Mr. Rosenberg graduated at age 20 in 1939 from Syracuse University, where he was a member of the ZBT fraternity, majored in literature, played outfield for the Syracuse baseball team and later semi-pro ball in Boston, and crooned with an orchestra. His dream of going on to graduate school to become a college professor was cut short by the need to earn a living and the approaching war. Enlisting in the Navy, he went to midshipman's school at Notre Dame and served as lieutenant on LST 281, landing on D-Day, and later in southern Europe, and was ultimately captain of LST 357 in the Pacific. Proud of his service, yet a pacifist at heart who enlisted in the Navy because he did not want to pull a trigger at another man, Mr. Rosenberg participated in LST crew reunions and the 50th anniversary of the landings where he was greeted personally by President Clinton in a televised ceremony at Normandy.

Following World War II, Mr. Rosenberg went on to success as a textile marketing executive for manufacturers in the Boston area and later in New York when the family moved to Scarsdale, as the locus of textile manufacturing moved south. His greatest creative successes in the business came as he headed the circular knit division of Fab Industries, where he created and named many iconic fabrics, including "Supersuede.” 

The Rosenbergs enjoyed an active life in Scarsdale, where Joan led a cub scout troop and Brownies, specializing in artistic efforts, and Fred coached "Dad's Club" B-team baseball for Heathcote. The team finally won the league championship in son Eric's eighth-grade year, thanks to Mr. Rosenberg’s savvy negotiation dividing up talent with the coach of the A-team.

Mr. Rosenberg enjoyed racquet sports on the Scarsdale public courts, becoming particularly proficient in platform tennis with players including John Vogel, Oscar Sachs, Ed Fogel and Alan Guttman, on the original Brite Avenue wooden court. He also shared a Rhodes 19 sailboat with his dear friend and neighbor Clifford Rich, which they raced with their children for years in the Long Island Sound fleet.

An unabashed liberal and member of Americans for Democratic Action, Mr. Rosenberg volunteered in the congressional campaigns of John F. Kennedy while living in the Boston area, and continued to support progressive causes in Scarsdale and the nation. He was pleased to see changes in society, big and small, including his son's ultimate membership in the Scarsdale Golf Club in 1991, where Mr. Rosenberg enjoyed many rounds as Eric's guest in later years, the last just three months ago. He had a perspective that allowed him to compare the vitriol directed to President Franklin Roosevelt with the opposition faced by President Obama.

When Mr. Rosenberg retired from textiles and he and his wife moved to Manhattan, he finally had a chance to return full time to his love of literature and music. As a child he had been a favorite piano pupil of prominent composer Paul Creston; as a retiree he became a published playwright, composed a musical and plays that were given staged performances, and focused on a memoir and poetry in his final years. When he died, he had been preparing to perform as solo singer and harmonica player at the Kendal on Hudson New Year's Eve celebration with his new Kendal colleagues.

Mr. Rosenberg stayed in touch with friends from many segments of his life, including in particular his Syracuse fraternity. He was proud to see daughter Vicki begin college at Syracuse, before transferring to Barnard to complete her education, and he drew great satisfaction from her profession as a publicist for many major book publishing companies. 

Warm, loving and spiritual, Mr. Rosenberg is survived by his sister Janet Black of Pocasset, Mass; his daughter Vicki Rosenberg of Ardsley; his son Eric and daughter-in-law Helen (who met at Scarsdale High School and live in Mamaroneck); and his grandchildren, Karen Rosenberg of Manhattan, and Stuart M. Rosenberg and his wife Halsey Varady of Redwood City, Calif.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, Jan. 25, at 11 a.m. at Temple Emanu-el, Fifth Avenue at 65th Street, to which Scarsdale friends are welcome. Contributions in Mr. Rosenberg’s memory may be made to The Art Students League of New York, attn: Joan M. Rosenberg Memorial Scholarship Fund, 215 West 57th St., New York, NY 10019.  

Charles Edward Lange

Former Scarsdale High School teacher Charles (“Chuck”) Edward Lange died in Bozeman, Mont., Nov. 29. He was 83.

Mr. Lange was born in New York City in 1931 and lived much of his life in Larchmont, N.Y.

Throughout his life, Mr. Lange deeply valued his relationships with others, especially his loving ties and deep commitment to family including his mother, sister, wife, children, nieces and grandchildren, his family said.

In 1959, Mr. Lange fell in love and married Jean Duncan, his sister’s roommate at Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He returned to Larchmont in 1966, where he and Jean raised their family and lived until 2003 when they moved to Bozeman.

His family will remember him as a sharp-witted intellectual and generous humanitarian who was always engaged in the world around him. While he was not an athlete or outdoorsman, frequent New England hiking outings and sailing in Connecticut sparked a love of the outdoors in his children. He also shared his love of travel with his family — though as a deeply rooted New Yorker, he never anticipated that his children would lead him to spend his last 11 years in the Rocky Mountains.

Mr. Lange’s life was shaped by his deep and broad-ranging intellectual and spiritual journey. He credited a number of inspiring teachers and professors with shaping his beliefs, values and critical thinking. In turn, he touched many lives as an English teacher and as an Episcopal minister. His intellectual and spiritual journey included spending his senior high school year at Sherborne School in Dorset, England; graduating cum laude with highest honors in English literature from Williams College in Massachusetts; and extensive graduate studies including master of divinity, master of religious education and M.A. in English degrees. He enjoyed a 30-year career as a high school English teacher, including 26 years at Scarsdale High School (1967-93). His career as an Episcopal minister spanned 50 years including several years in Massachusetts as assistant rector at St. John’s Church in Williamstown and as Episcopal chaplain at Harvard and Radcliffe. Throughout his teaching career and after his retirement, he frequently assisted with services, often preaching thought-provoking sermons at a variety of churches, especially St. John’s in Larchmont. He preached his final sermons while serving a small congregation in Manhattan, Mont.

His wife predeceased him. He is survived by son, Ted Lange, Ted’s wife, Christine Phillips, and their son, Ian of Bozeman; by daughter, Jennifer Lange Schneider, her husband, Sam Schneider, and their children, Toby and Robin of Spokane, Wash.; and by his sister, June Wright and her family who live in Maryland.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to Heart of the Valley Animal Shelter, PO Box 11390, Bozeman, MT 59719, where Mr. Lange adopted Mac the cat who has been his companion since his wife’s death.

Arrangements are in the care of Dokken-Nelson Funeral Service,

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