Morton T. Rosenblum
August 22, 1924-April 10, 2019
Morton T. Rosenblum was born in Brooklyn, NY to Louis Rosenblum and Sara Sachs Rosenblum. He graduated at age 16 from DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx and then completed the two-year program at the State Institute of Agriculture in Farmingdale, NY.
After working in agriculture in upstate NY during the first years of WWII, he enlisted in the US Navy, which stationed Mort at the Seattle Naval Air Station and the Astoria (Oregon) Naval Air Station. Unable to qualify as a pilot due to his poor eyesight, Mort was a Link Trainer instructor, responsible for teaching pilots to fly in ground simulators, as well as a photographer.
Upon his discharge from the Navy in 1946, Mort enrolled at Reed College, graduating in 1949. While at Reed, he met and, in 1948, married Billie Seltzer, who he met when they both were working in the dining hall. After Mort and Billie graduated from Reed in 1949, they moved to Corvallis, Oregon, where Mort entered the PhD program in agricultural economics. After completing his masters in economics and all doctoral work except for his dissertation, Mort decided to go to work and spent 10+ years working for agriculture-related businesses, first in Sheridan, Oregon and subsequently in Portland. During this period, he also taught introductory economics in the evening program at Portland State. In the early 1960’s Mort began a long career in the travel business, where he was involved in the early phases of Alaska tourism as well as many years focused on the South Pacific. During his decades in the travel business, he made extensive use of the wonderful photography skills that he first acquired in the Navy.
Mort traveled extensively for business as well as pleasure, with destinations common and uncommon (the latter including locales such as Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands). He was a proud and active alum of Reed College; a devotee of classical music; a long-time member of the Portland chapter of Skål International, for which he served a term as president; and a member for 71 years of Congregation Beth Israel.
Mort and Billie were married for over 54 years, until Billie passed away in 2002. They raised two sons, David (Susan) of Los Angeles , and Bruce, who lives in Portland and provided devoted care to Mort as his health declined in recent years.
Mort was very proud of and deeply loved his two grandchildren, Eric (Allie) of New York City and Lauren of Los Angeles. His family is grateful for Mort’s long-life and misses him deeply.
Donations in Mort’s memory should be made to Reed College.
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