Obituary: Herbert Rosenbaum, 89, professor emeritus of neurology

Herbert Rosenbaum, professor emeritus of neurology at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, died Dec. 10, 2014. He was 89.


Rosenbaum, of Creve Coeur, joined the faculty in 1954 and taught the Department of Neurology’s practice of medicine course for 61 years.

He was named professor of clinical neurology in 1978, professor of neurology in 1999 and professor emeritus in 2006.

The Washington University Medical Center Alumni Association gave Rosenbaum its Distinguished Service Award in 2014.

“In addition to managing a large private practice, Herb maintained a prominent and ever-present role in the education and support of residents,” said David M. Holtzman, the Andrew B. and Gretchen P. Jones Professor and head of Neurology. “Over the years, Herb gave of his time, expertise and experience, as well as his financial support. He will be dearly missed.”

Rosenbaum earned his medical degree in 1947 from the University of Oregon. He did his medical internship at Jewish Hospital in 1951 and was chief resident of the first neurology residency class at Barnes Hospital, graduating in 1953.

During the Korean War, Rosenbaum served as a flight surgeon and neurologist for the Air Training Command, which at the time was the primary training organization of the U.S. Air Force.

He was a member of the board of the Barnes-Jewish Hospital Foundation and served as an ombudsman for neurology patients and on the Admissions Committee of the School of Medicine.

Rosenbaum was a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and a member and past president of the Clinical Society of Neurologists.

His survivors include his wife, Velma; children Robert Rosenbaum, Barbara Stark and Nancy Rosenbaum; stepdaughter, Diana Moellering; and several grandchildren and stepgrandchildren.

The Department of Neurology will hold a memorial service at 1 p.m. Feb. 28 in the Robert Emmet Connor Auditorium of the Farrell Learning and Teaching Center on the Medical Campus.