Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Samuel. J. Rosenfeld Shopping Center Developer

Samuel J. Rosenfeld, 85, co-founder of Rosenfeld Realty, a shopping center development firm in the Washington region, died April 1 at his home in Chevy Chase of pneumonia.

In 1946, along with his father, Harry, Mr. Rosenfeld started to develop grocery-anchored, neighborhood shopping centers in Maryland and Virginia, including centers in Frederick, Rockville, Potomac and College Park.

Samuel Jay Rosenfeld was born in Philadelphia and moved to Washington as a boy. He graduated from Roosevelt High School and received a bachelor's degree in architectural engineering from Catholic University in 1944.

During the early 1940s, he served in the Army Air Corps Reserve as a structural research engineer developing airplane bomb-bay doors for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, a predecessor to NASA. Later, he taught engineering and mathematics at Catholic University before founding the realty company.

He helped found the International Council of Shopping Centers, where he served as a trustee. He also was a trustee of Denver-based National Jewish Health, which conducts research and treatment for allergies and lung, immunologic and infectious diseases, as well as of Hood College in Frederick.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Eleanor Talpalar Rosenfeld of Chevy Chase; three children, Frances Rumford and Robert Rosenfeld, both of Washington, and Gail Steckler of Chevy Chase; a sister; and 10 grandchildren.

-- Lauren Wiseman

Charles Craig Wilson Business Manager

Charles Craig Wilson, 86, former business manager for the National School Boards Association, died March 24 at Holy Cross Hospital of complications from esophageal cancer. He was a Chevy Chase resident.

Mr. Wilson moved to Washington in 1976 when the NSBA moved its headquarters from Evanston, Ill. After his retirement in 1987, he consulted for what is now the American Association of Family and Consumer Services.

He was born in Janesville, Wis., and moved to Chicago as a child. He served in the Navy in the South Pacific during World War II. He then graduated from what is now Northeastern Illinois University, where he also received a master's degree in mathematics in 1948.

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