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Dr. Amnon "Ami" Rosenthal

Dr. Amnon "Ami" Rosenthal, 84, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, died on 10 April 2019.

The Funeral was held at Beth Israel Congregation, 2000 Washtenaw Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48104 on Thursday, 11 April 2019 at 2:00 PM .

Rabbi Robert Dobrusin officiated.

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Interment at Beth Israel Memorial Garden at Arborcrest Cemetery.

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The family welcomes friends from 7:00-9:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 11 at the residence, 505 E. Huron #803, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104; the family will not be observing shiva on Friday or Saturday; friends are welcome on Sunday and Monday from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Religious services will be conducted at 7:40 p.m. on Thursday, Sunday, and Monday evenings.

Dr. Amnon ‘Ami’ Rosenthal was born in 1934 in Gedera, Israel and came to the United States at 15 to attend Yeshiva High School. After graduating from Albany Medical School, he did his residency at the Children’s Hospital in Boston MA where, in the fall of 1960, he met the love of his life Prudence ‘Prue’ Lloyd. In 1962, they married at her parents’ home in Cape Cod before he joined the United States Air Force. During his service in France they gave birth to their first child, Jonathan. Upon his honorable discharge Captain Rosenthal returned to Boston Children’s Hospital. There, he and Prue had two more boys Eben and Nathaniel and lived in Chestnut Hill. He was an AOA graduate of the Albany Medical College (1959), pediatric residency (1962) and cardiology fellowship (1968) at the Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Boston. In 1977, after 10 years on the faculty of Harvard Medical School and staff at the Children’s Hospital, Dr. Rosenthal moved to Ann Arbor and the University of Michigan Medical Center to take a position as a Professor of Pediatrics and Director of Pediatric Cardiology. Dr. Rosenthal’s ground breaking research in congenital heart disease, including over 300 published articles and abstracts, resulted in new life saving techniques that have helped tens of thousands of children with heart problems lead normal lives. In 1993 he was honored with the Amnon Rosenthal Collegiate Professorship, made possible through departmental support as well as contributions from faculty, alumni, family and friends. In 2006 the U-M Board of Regents awarded Dr. Rosenthal professor emeritus status.

Dr. Rosenthal’s extracurricular achievements matched his professional ones. His love of the University of Michigan, his Jewish heritage and philanthropy formed the foundation his life in Ann Arbor. Some highlights of his efforts; Chairman of the Michigan Daily board where he helped bring the paper out of the red and into the black. A force behind bringing the Ronald McDonald House to Ann Arbor, He established clinics throughout the state to ensure quality health care for all, and worked internationally to help children with heart disease in countries as far away as the UK, Israel and Korea. He gave generously to University Hospital, the Jewish Federation, and many other causes.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, three sons, Jonathan, Eben, and Nat, and four grandchildren, Sarah, Walker, Ethan, and Rachel.

In his own words, “I feel fortunate to have spent my life in Ann Arbor, an academically and culturally nurturing University town west of Worcester. I was told as I was considering the move from Boston to Ann Arbor that living in a University town would be a unique and wonderful experience. I would be remiss if I didn’t express my gratitude to this country for receiving me as an immigrant and providing me with the opportunity to serve it. Finally, I want to thank all of you, those who are no longer with us and the Academy for this tribute.”

In lieu of flowers:

It is suggested that those who wish to further honor the memory of Dr. Amnon "Ami" Rosenthal may do so by making a contribution to:

Beth Israel Congregation of Ann Arbor
2000 Washtenaw
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 665-9897
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Unversity of Michigan Museum of Art Docent Program
Attention: Development
525 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1354
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