Former Meridian mayor, Al Rosenbaum, died Mar. 17 at the age of 92. He was one of the driving forces behind getting NAS Meridian located here and the founding of WTOK-TV.
Hundreds of people came to the MSU Riley Center to pay their final respects for this man who meant so much to so many.
Rosenbaum was mayor of from 1977-1985, but he will be remembered for much more than that.
The service began with words from Rabbi David Goldstein, the leader of Meridian's Jewish community, who shared Scripture passages and his memories of Rosenbaum.
One of Rosenbaum's closest friends, Lamar McDonald, spoke next. He shared the triumphs of his friend's public life and some personal stories about one of Meridian's most influential leaders.
"I saw passion for his family, for his community, for his state, for his country," said McDonald. "I saw passion for helping other people. And, yes, I saw passion for playing golf."
Dr. Malcolm Portera, past president of Mississippi State University, worked closely with Rosenbaum and the Riley Foundation in bringing the MSU Riley Center into existence,
Rosenbaum served as an aviator in the U.S. Marines in World War II. He went to work after returning home and founded both WTOK-TV and Meyer & Rosenbaum Insurance. He has served in numerous roles for the Riley Foundation.