Today I have the very great pleasure to introduce you to Bruce Rosenstein, my guest blogger this week.
Bruce is an extraordinary human being and a new friend I know you will enjoy coming to know. Bruce is the author of “Living in More Than One World: How Peter Drucker’s Wisdom can Inspire and Transform Your life.” In his book he shares Drucker’s wisdom and discusses how you can apply the concepts developed by “The Father of Modern Management” to your life. Few people in the world knew Drucker better than Bruce Rosenstein and I hope you take advantage of this rare opportunity and check out his book. Bruce and Peter Drucker are two people I greatly admire as they always emphasize the
human side of an organization.
Bruce is also the author of numerous book reviews and articles for USA Today still available to read at www.brucerosenstein.com/articles
Bruce sadly lost his 95 year old father recently. I was very moved when he shared with me how, at the funeral he learned so much more about his father from the large number of
people who came because they never forgot his lifelong kindnesses. I told Bruce about my dad who passed over 14 years ago this month and that in addition to the wonderful lessons Bruce took from his father’s life, that as the span increases between his life among us and the memories that remain, that he will find many more important remembrances and teachings will come to him and his love for his father will flower all the more.
Kahlil Gibran, wrote of this mystery,
“ When you part from your friend, you grieve not;
For that which you love most in him may be clearer in his absence,
as the mountain to the climber is clearer from the plain.”
I asked Bruce to please write about his recent experience and he graciously agreed to do so and to let me share it with you today. I humbly encourage you to read the beautiful piece Bruce has written about his Dad- it will make your day richer to read this short but moving tribute
Guest Post: An Appreciation of the Life of My Father, Paul Rosenstein (1916-2011)
By Bruce Rosenstein
I’m grateful to Sandy Costa for providing me with the opportunity to write a guest post about my father, Paul Rosenstein, who died at 95 on August 5th. He would have enjoyed that this blog is called Humanity at Work.
Many things sustained and fulfilled him, such as family, friends, faith and the appreciation of life’s small and larger joys. But he had a strong work ethic, and did not retire until he was 92. For many years, he owned and operated a full-service gas station in Scranton, Pa.,
which he leased to another company in the late 1960s. From then until early 2009, he worked for a local auto parts company, selling on the road (inNortheastern Pennsylvania) to local businesses.
He celebrated his 60th anniversary with my mother, Harriet, in February of this year. Until moving to a retirement community in Springfield, Va., in 2009, they lived all their lives
before that in Scranton, except for my dad’s service in the Navy in World War II.
There was both a celebration of life and a funeral, both of which were deeply moving experiences. The latter was held in Scranton on August 7th, and the celebration of life at the retirement community on September 18.
Two hundred people attended the funeral, and 100 attended the celebration of life. We have been told that it is unusual to have such a large turnout for services of a 95 year old, since most of their contemporaries are no longer alive. Besides family, we had a number of friends and my dad’s former customers; none of whom had to be at either service (especially on a hot August Sunday afternoon), but who genuinely wanted to pay their respects.
People in Springfield were astounded at his memory for everyone’s names; greeting them with a smile, and also knowing about their life story. The same was true in Scranton. Customers were truly his friends. The owner of a local tire dealership remarked to me that dad knew the names of, and was friendly with not only the people he sold to, but also the men who worked on the cars. He also stayed in touch with many of his friends/customers
after he moved away.
As sad as his death remains, I try to keep in mind how he lived his life, and what I can continually learn from it. He was a sterling example of humanity at work, and beyond.
Bruce Rosenstein is currently Managing Editor for the journal Leader to Leader. He serves
as an adjunct faculty member for The Catholic University of America School of
Library and Information Science, teaching The Special Library/Information
Center. His book Living in More Than One World: How Peter Drucker’s Wisdom Can Inspire and Transform Your Life was published by Berrett-Koehler in 2009. It
has since been published in Brazil, China and Japan. For 21 years, Bruce was a librarian for USA TODAY, where he also wrote about business and management books for the Money section of the newspaper. His website is www.brucerosenstein.com and he
can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.