Mildred Rosenbaum, 89, died Thursday, Oct. 12, in Florence. The Rosenbaum family will receive visitors at Elkins Funeral Home after 7 p.m. Saturday. Funeral services will be at Temple B'nai Israel in Florence on Sunday at 1:30 p.m., followed by burial at Oakwood Cemetery in Sheffield.

"Mimi" Rosenbaum was born Mildred Ruth Bookholtz in New York City on June 30, 1917, the daughter of Isador and Gussie Bookholtz. She attended New York public schools, Hunter College and Columbia Teachers College, where she studied music and art. While in school, she worked as a fashion model for the John Robert Powers Agency and was featured in Vogue and other national magazines. In 1938, Mildred married Stanley Rosenbaum, a young Harvard College graduate who lived and worked in Florence in his family's movie theater business. As a wedding present, the couple were given funds and a lot to build a house on Riverview Drive, the Frank Lloyd Wright Rosenbaum House, moving in September 1940.

As a glamorous and gracious hostess, Mimi and Stanley Rosenbaum's home was a magnet for visitors from all over the world and a favorite invitation for friends and neighbors. Through her extensive network of volunteer activities in the Shoals community, Mrs. Rosenbaum became recognized as a leading citizen in the state of Alabama. Her husband, Stanley, retired from business in 1960 and joined the faculty at the University of North Alabama, where he lectured in the English department for more than two decades until his death as professor emeritus in 1983.

Mildred and Stanley Rosenbaum had four children, David Hillel, born 1941, Jonathan Daniel, born 1943, Alvin Robert, born 1945, and Michael Joseph, 1947. David, an attorney, died in 1982, leaving two children and now two grandchildren. Jonathan, a film critic and journalist, lives in Chicago, Ill. Alvin, an international development consultant, lives in Silver Spring, Md., has two children and two grandchildren. Michael, a social worker, lives in London, England, also has two children and two grandchildren.

Pallbearers are Howard Zeff, David Ingle, Aaron Rosenbaum, Joe Lelyveld, Hank Klibanoff and Daniel Klibanoff.

Honorary pallbearers are Miram Dyar, Stanley Goldstein, Nancy Johnston, Nancy Gonce, Robert Gonce and Linda Tarlow.

After the death of Mimi's husband in 1982, she devoted her energies as a master weaver and to the future stewardship of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture and the preservation of the Rosenbaum house as a public space. She was recognized for her work as a recipient of the first Wright Spirit Award by the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy and pioneered strategies for the protection of historic residential properties. In 1990, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Rosenbaum House, more than 1,000 people visited on a single day organized by Heritage Preservation Inc., in Florence. This began a 10-year effort, including the publication of a book on the Rosenbaum house by the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a public television documentary that continues to be broadcast on Alabama Public Television, the founding of the Frank Lloyd Wright Rosenbaum House Foundation and tours of the house conducted by Mrs. Rosenbaum from 1993-98, with more than 5,000 people signing the guest book and contributing to the maintenance of the house and its preparation as a public historic site.

In 1999, Mrs. Rosenbaum and her family began discussions with Mayor Eddie Frost that culminated in a cooperative agreement for the long-term stewardship and management of the Rosenbaum House in cooperation with the Rosenbaum family and the Frank Lloyd Wright Rosenbaum House Foundation.

Instead of flowers, the family requests that expressions of sympathy be made to the Community Archives Project, Florence-Lauderdale Public Library, 350 N. Wood Ave., Florence, AL 35630.

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