Posted on: January 26, 2022
Dr. Malcolm Kauffman Rosenbaum, 94, of Granada Hills, CA, formerly of Washington, Pa., died December 20, 2021 in the Encino Hospital, Los Angeles, CA, just shy of his 95th birthday on January 15.
He was born January 15, 1927 in Altoona, Pennsylvania, a son of the late Milton and Lillian Kauffman Rosenbaum, and nephew of Sylvia Kauffman. His grandfather, Joseph Kauffman, was one of the founders of Beth Israel Synagogue in Washington, Pa., in 1891 where Dr. Rosenbaum had his bar mitzvah in 1940.
Growing up in Washington, Pa., Dr. Rosenbaum graduated from Washington High School and Washington and Jefferson College. He joined the US Navy as a corpsman during WWII before matriculating at the University of Virginia Medical School. After graduating the University of Virginia, Dr. Rosenbaum moved to Los Angeles where he did his residency at VA hospital. Meeting his wife at the time Esther Lee, Malcolm stayed in Los Angeles where he practiced medicine for 45 years. A distinguished physician Dr. Rosenbaum was the Chief of Staff of Valley Presbyterian Hospital in Van Nuys, California in 1978. He also served on the faculty of UCLA Medical School as an adjunct professor. In 2000, Dr. Rosenbaum retired and spent the next ten to fifteen years traveling with his companion Virginia Bass.
In addition to practicing medicine, Dr. Rosenbaum was very active in many progressive and social justice causes. In the spirit of the Jewish tradition of Tekkun Olam, Dr. Rosenbaum’s mission on earth was to improve the world, whether it was volunteering his time as a physician or financially contributing to progressive causes. He also had many hobbies. He was a great athlete playing tennis, golf, swimming, jogging, biking and even hitting 70 mile an hour fast balls at a batting cage at the age of 72! As a self admitted “liberal,” he loved to follow politics and through his life remained an avid fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Pirates even though he moved to L.A. in 1955.
Surviving are two sons, Jeff Rosenbaum (spouse Sheliya Rosenbaum and son Ryan) from Santa Barbara, California and Craig Rosenbaum (spouse Barbara Vogel and daughter Leah) of Chicago, IL.
Although Dr. Rosenbaum moved to Los Angeles more than 65 years ago, his heart and soul has always been in Washington, Pennsylvania. His wish was to have his final resting place in Washington. Services were held held on December 24, 2021 in the Piatt and Barnhill Funeral Home with Rabbi David Novitsky officiating. Interment followed in Beth Israel Cemetery, Washington. Donations can be made in Dr. Rosenbaum’s memory to Washington and Jefferson College.