Dr. Louis Rosenbaum

ISHPEMING, Mich. – Dr. Louis Rosenbaum died peacefully in his sleep fireside at his home overlooking Deer Lake Friday, March 22, 2013.

Born to Lester and Rita Rosenbaum (Kalamazoo, 1925), he studied art (New York), electrical engineering at Yale (BE 1945), and medicine at the University of Michigan (MD 1954). He served two years in the Marines at Bucknell in the V12 program. He married Harriet (Stowe) in 1950 and raised 4 children – Terry, Bruce, Jon, and Sarah. He divorced in 1978. He married Grace (Aalto) in 1988 and raised another son Zachary.

Lou’s desire to practice family medicine and live a rural life brought him to Ishpeming where he became a partner at the Williams Clinic. He was creator and head of the former dialysis unit at Bell Hospital, Chief of Staff, Chief of Medicine and President of the Marquette-Alger Medical Society. He was a dedicated physician of the old school: making house calls, delivering over 2,000 babies, stitching wounds, performing surgeries, and giving sound medical advice. He believed in and practiced medicine at a reasonable cost to patients and never turned a patient away for lack of ability to pay. He performed preventative and emergency services for Cleveland Cliffs, answering calls that sent him (sometimes heroically) down the mine shafts after accidents to attend to the injured miners.

Louis was a Renaissance man – physician, painter, sculptor, musician, architect, fisherman, golfer, gardener, tinker of the garage, and lover of the great outdoors. He had a great head of white hair looking a bit like Einstein. He was often called “Bud”, “Doc”, or just “Lou”.

Lou loved telling jokes. He was John Voelker’s doctor and trusted friend, they spent many summer evening at Frenchman’s Pond telling stories, drinking Bourbon and swatting mosquitoes. Due to his love of the UP woods, waterways and weather, he designed his house with enormous picture windows that overlook Deer Lake, framing vistas of howling blizzards and quieter views of the lake and willows during the warmer seasons. That house and its gardens were his pride and home for over 50 years.

Lou was a talented violinist. He played in numerous orchestras and musicals and at nursing homes on Christmas. May evenings for decades, together with musical friends, he filled the house with chamber music. Lou produced many noteworthy drawings, paintings, and sculptures over his life time. He was represented in many exhibits. With his weekly informal drawing sessions he encouraged others to create and exhibit work.

He will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him. He is survived by his wife Grace Aalto Rosenbaum, three children – Terry Rosenbaum (Okemos, MI), Sarah Rosenbaum (Oslo, Norway), and Zachary Rosenbaum (Ishpeming, MI), and four grandchildren. A private memorial service for family will be held mid May. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be directed to the American Cancer Society.

Lou’s obituary may also be viewed at bjorkandzhulkie.com where relatives and friends may leave a note of remembrance.