Community social work volunteer, former resident Marilyn Rosenson dies at 94
MARILYN KAFFIE ROSENSON, a former resident of New Orleans, passed away on October 10, 2020 at St. James Place in Baton Rouge, LA. She was 94
Born in Shreveport, she moved to New Orleans prior to her marriage in 1952 after having studied at the Univeristy of Illinois. She received a master’s degree in Social Work from Newcomb College.
A social worker by training, she became a strong mental health advocate after one of her son’s own struggles with mental illness. She worked as the community liaison for the Friends Alliance for the Mentally Ill (Family Education Programs) and served as a member of the Board of Mental Health Association of Louisiana.
She also published articles in several scholarly journals. Many decades later after moving to Baton Rouge, she inspired and gave funding to create The Red Shoes, Lifting Loans Program.
Rosenson also served on the board of various Jewish organizations. She was an avid traveller. She used to say she collected sunsets from beautiful places.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Leonard Henry Rosenson and her son, Charles Justin “Chip” Rosenson. She is survived by her daughter, Celia Strickler (Jamie, her son, Malcolm “Doc” Rosenson (Jenny), five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
The family held a private graveside service at Beth Israel Cemetery with Rabbi Joshua Pernick officiating.
Donations in her memory may be made to The Red Shoes, St. James Place Foundation, and Hospice of Baton Rouge. In lieu of flowers, donations can also be made to the Jewish Endowment Foundation of LA.