Our hearts are greatly saddened with the sudden loss of our dear Marvin Bruce Rosenblatt, the patriarch of our family. He was born in Chester, PA on November 13, 1933, and moved with his parents, Henry and Stella, and his sister, Delores, to Washington, D.C.’s West End in 1939.
This is where his parents opened Rosenblatt’s Market and where Marvin grew up and was active in many neighborhood activities. He shined in sports at then Western High School, as a track star holding school records in the 400 and 800 meters and as an All-City guard, making headlines in the local papers for sinking the game winning shot in many games.
He later poured his energy into his education, receiving his bachelor’s degree from George Washington University and medical degrees from Howard University. Marvin married his loving wife Suzanne in 1958. Soon thereafter, during his internship in Brooklyn, Marvin and Suzanne’s first child, Alisa, was born. They soon moved to Castle Air Force Base in California where Marvin served as a licensed physician and held the rank of captain. In California, they welcomed their second child, Sharon. Marvin and Suzanne returned to the DC area when Marvin began his residency at The Washington Hospital Center. It was during his residency that Marvin realized that he wanted to be an OB GYN, as he felt it was the happiest part of the medical profession and he loved delivering babies and taking care of women. This was especially fortunate as Marvin and Suzanne had their third child, Michele, and he was surrounded by females. After Marvin completed his residency, he went into private practice, and in 1969 they had Harris, their fourth child.
Marvin practiced obstetrics for 31 years and gynecology for 36 years in the Washington area. He was a devoted doctor who cared deeply about his patients. When he retired, the outpouring from his patients was overwhelming. He received many cards and notes from his patients. Some had been with him from the beginning, some later in his career and some he had delivered, who in turn later became his patients.
Marvin always loved and excelled in sports – basketball, baseball, tennis, golf and more. He loved his family and spending time with his four children and 12 grandchildren. Marvin loved establishing family routines and traditions. The most long-lasting of these, Tuesday night dinner at Ledo Pizza, started in the mid-1960s and continued for 55 years. While initially, he met with friends to discuss sports; over the years, the tradition evolved to include both friends and family.
Marvin will be missed and held in our cherished memories forever. Marvin is survived by Suzanne, his loving wife and soul mate for over 61 years. He is also survived by his daughters, Alisa and her husband Jonathan Talisman of Bethesda; Sharon and her husband, Steven Sturm of McLean, VA; Michele and her husband Michael Bloom of Olney; and his son, Harris and his wife Julie Teitel Rosenblatt of Rockville; his adoring grandchildren Nick, Max and Lita Talisman; Rachel and Robin Sturm; Jeremy, Eli, Jenna and Ally Bloom; and Elianna, Colby and Eden Rosenblatt.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Boys & Girls Club of America – Washington Chapter, or the charity of your choice. A private memorial service will be held at 10:00 Wednesday, September 2 at Judean Memorial Gardens/Cemetery, 16225 Batchellors Forest Rd, Olney, MD.
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