Ronald Robert Rosenblatt of West Des Moines, Iowa, died peacefully, surrounded by family, on Feb. 24. Born in New York City on Jan. 31, 1947, Mr. Rosenblatt and his family moved to Scarsdale in 1949. After attending Greenacres and then Scarsdale Junior High, Mr. Rosenblatt went on to attend Scarsdale High School, where he was voted “friendliest” by the class of 1965. He also co-captained the varsity basketball team and lettered in track and soccer.
Mr. Rosenblatt then attended Columbia University, where he played on the varsity basketball team and earned a B.A. and M.A. in art history, economics and education. After working as a high school science teacher in New York City, Mr. Rosenblatt moved to Moscow, Idaho, where he received a Ph.D. in economics and education from the University of Idaho. While working as a professor at Kansas State University, he met and immediately fell in love with Susy Robinette, a local television news anchor. The two were married six months later on May 15, 1983. After beginning his career as a professor, Mr. Rosenblatt moved to Des Moines and worked in mortgage banking before retiring as a principal partner at Fortress Wealth Management.
From a young age, Mr. Rosenblatt steadfastly prioritized his family and friends, maintaining friendships from every phase of life. His family said he adored Susy and was “an exceptionally dedicated and loving father to his daughters,” Betsy and Katherine. Mr. Rosenblatt was a world traveler and drew inspiration from international adventures with family and friends. He was also an avid golfer and always enjoyed winning his friends’ money on the golf course or at the poker table. While Mr. Rosenblatt loved New York, loved ones said he felt Iowa was home, and served his community on the boards of Tifereth Israel Synagogue, the Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines and Planned Parenthood of the Heartland.
Mr. Rosenblatt is survived by his wife Susy, daughters Betsy Beck (Paul), and Katherine, his brothers David (Robyn), Larry (Linda), his sister Ann Arbeit (Stuart), and many nieces, nephews and extended family. He was predeceased by his brother, Bill (Roberta) and his parents, Robert and Helene Rosenblatt, who were 42-year residents of Scarsdale.
Funeral services were held Feb. 28 at Tifereth Israel Synagogue in Des Moines, followed by a private family burial in Greene, Iowa. A memorial service will be held on April 28 in Des Moines. In lieu of flowers, donations in Mr. Rosenblatt’s memory may be made to The Jewish Federation of Greater Des Moines or the Southern Poverty Law Center.