Newscenter 11 has confirmed that former Meridian Mayor Al Rosenbaum died early Saturday morning at the age of 92.
Rosenbaum was a respected mayor, businessman, and veteran. He was also a loving husband and father. Born in 1920 in Meridian, Rosenbaum attended Meridian public schools before going to Vanderbilt University.
A 2010 Senate resolution stated "There is no more respected citizen in the city of Meridian, Mississippi than Alfred Rosenbaum, Junior." Now , Rosenbaum is being remembered for his many contributions to Meridian and the state of Mississippi.
"He was such an outstanding mayor," Mayor Cheri Barry remembers. "He was proactive, progressive, he gave 150%."
"He was an extremely giving person," family friend Mike Reich recalls. "He helped more people and more organizations in this town."
It was December 1941 when Rosenbaum joined the United States Navy as an aviation cadet. He went on to serve in the US Marine Corps as a naval aviator from 1942 to 1946. Rosenbaum was in the active reserve until his retirement in 1961. Then in 1977, Al Rosenbaum was elected Mayor of Meridian.
But Rosenbaum remained active following his run as mayor. He served as a vice president, treasurer, and chief financial officer of the Riley Foundation. He received numerous awards for the years of service he gave to this community and was one of the founders of WTOK-TV.