Henry A. Rosenberg Jr. received the Doctor of Human Letters degree for his balanced view of the world of business and the world of service and his commitment to the Colleges.
July 18, 2002
GENEVA, N.Y.—Recognized for his commitment to philanthropy and his enterprising business savvy, Henry A. Rosenberg Jr., of Stevenson, Md., received the Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Hobart and William Smith Colleges this year. Rosenberg was honored for his support of higher education and of the Colleges since his graduation from Hobart in 1952.
Joined by 423 undergraduate students receiving their degrees in May, Rosenberg’s achievements were highlighted in a short speech delivered by Vice Chair of the Colleges’ Board of Trustees Maureen Collins-Zupan. “Henry A. Rosenberg Jr.,” Collins-Zupan began, “your attention to detail, your balanced view of the world of business and the world of service—characterized by your many professional directorships, your philanthropy, and your long involvement in organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America, the United Way, and the Kennedy Krieger Institute—as well as your dedication to these Colleges, are but a few examples of your philosophy in action.”
“You blend national civic engagement with a sense of responsibility to the Colleges’ community,” Collins-Zupan continued, “your generosity to Hobart and William Smith Colleges has ensured that countless students will continue to learn, strive and discover new knowledge.” President Mark D. Gearan then bestowed upon Rosenberg the honorary degree.
Rosenberg’s support of and affection for the Colleges is evidenced by his continued activity as a long-time member of the board of trustees of the Colleges and as a member of the board of directors of the Lacrosse Foundation. His financial support for the Colleges has taken the form of an academic facility, Rosenberg Hall, for the purposes of scientific inquiry. Rosenberg has also remained active in his philanthropist activities on the board of directors of the YMCA of the Greater Baltimore area, as a member of the United Way of Central Maryland, and as an executive board member and vice president of the National Council of Boy Scouts of America.
As the former chief executive officer and president of Crown Central Petroleum Corporation, Rosenberg serves as chairman of the board for both Crown Central Petroleum Corporation and its parent company, Rosemore Inc. After serving in the armed forces, Rosenberg led Crown Petroleum to success and was later recognized by the Maryland Chamber of Commerce for his efforts and inducted into the Maryland Business Hall of Fame. Rosenberg remains active as the chairman of the board for the Kennedy Krieger Institute, a center for neurological rehabilitation.
The 2002 Commencement marks the 177th Commencement for Hobart College and the 91st Commencement for William Smith College. The Colleges are coordinate, private, liberal arts institutions located in Geneva, N.Y., and are noted for an ambitious emphasis on international study, and for their programs in community service. Hobart College for men and William Smith College for women share faculty, facilities, and curriculum, but maintain separate dean’s offices, athletic programs, student governments, and traditions.