Friends of Al Rosenbaum say a public memorial service will be held this Friday afternoon at 3:00 at the MSU Riley Center, following a public visitation there at 1:30.
Rosenbaum died at his home in Meridian early Saturday morning at the age of 92. All weekend, friends and colleagues shared their memories of Rosenbaum with Newscenter 11.
"He stood up for bigotry," Lamar McDonald recalls. "He stood up for the little man. He stood up for all races."
Rosenbaum served at mayor of Meridian from 1977 until 1985.
Former Meridian Mayor Jimmy Kemp released this statement today on the death of Rosenbaum:
“First, we had all better hope to live as long and useful life as did Mayor Rosenbaum.
While we differed on the form of city government, there is no doubt about Mayor Rosenbaum’s love for the Meridian community.
All one has to recognize is his abiding love for the community and to consider his willingness to serve as mayor, and the support he help garner in particular for such developments as the Naval Air Station and, in recent years, the MSU Riley Center.
Frankly, the community could have used more leadership, like he demonstrated, out of his generation of Meridianites. The community is better for him having been here and, bottom line, that is the kind of legacy all of us should strive to leave behind.”
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