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Victor Rosenberg

Victor Rosenberg, 79, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, died after sunset on 11 April 2021.

The ZOOM Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, 14 April 2021 at 10:00 a.m. Rabbi Nadav Caine will officiate. Interment at Adath Jeshurin-Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Beth Israel Congregation is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom Memorial Service for Victor Rosenberg z"l.
Time: Apr 14, 2021 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Please click here to join the family.
If you need a passcode, email office@bethisrael-aa.org requesting the passcode.

Victor Rosenberg, age 79, died quietly at home Sunday evening, April 11, 2021. The cause of death was prostate cancer. He is survived by his wife, Valerie Winston Rosenberg, his two children Noah Rosenberg (Shannon Roche) and Elizabeth Rosenberg Plimack (David Plimack) and four grandchildren, Maya and Alex Plimack, and Cole and Keira Rosenberg.

Vic was born in 1942 in Lansdale, Pennsylvania to Alice (Bloch) Rosenberg, and Alfred L. Rosenberg and graduated from Lansdale High School. He received a Bachelor's Degree in English and Master’s Degree in Information Science from Lehigh University and a PhD In Library Science from the University of Chicago. After teaching for six years at the University of California, Berkeley and one year at the Federal University of Minas Gerais in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, Vic spent the rest of his academic career at the University of Michigan in the School of Information, retiring in 2015. In 1980, Vic founded Personal Bibliographic Software (PBS), which was sold to Thompson Reuters in 1997 and later became part of Clarivate’s Endnote business with over 5 million active users worldwide.

Vic met his wife Val in 1964 on a caving trip in western Pennsylvania run by the Outing Clubs of their separate colleges. Vic often joked that their entire marriage was based on lies. He told Val he loved to camp and impressed her with his knowledge of camping equipment. When he invited her to a football weekend at Lehigh she professed to love football. In truth, Vic detested camping and Val hated football. During their 53 years of marriage they ultimately settled on a mutual love of travel and bicycling, often combining the two. Their most challenging cycling trips were in China and Turkey.

But what Vic most loved was his family. He was known as “Gramps” to his four grandchildren and always eagerly awaited their visit to Ann Arbor or his visit to their homes in Philadelphia and Washington,DC. Whenever he visited his grandchildren, Vic would recruit the children to help him prepare meals for the family. Vic loved to wake up early with the youngest grandchildren and work with them to make his famous French toast and coffee for the rest of the family.

Vic never met someone whose life story didn’t fascinate him, prided himself on being a good friend, and loved engaging in lively conversations. During his illness, talking to his many friends on the telephone, or Zoom, or FaceTime gave Vic great pleasure. To the very end, he considered himself the luckiest guy in the world.

It is suggested that those who wish to further honor the memory of Victor Rosenberg may do so by making a contribution to:

Jewish Family Services of Washtenaw County
2245 S. State St., Ste 200
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
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Shelter Association of Washtenaw County
312 W. Huron Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48103
(734) 662-2829
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Michigan Theater Foundation
603 East Liberty Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
(734) 668-8463
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