David Rosen­berg

Pas­sion­ate jour­nal­ist with a flair for men­tor­ing ris­ing tal­ent

The Jewish Chronicle - - LIFE - David Rosen­berg, born May 17, 1946. Died Jan­uary 31, 2017

MY FOR­MER col­league David Rosen­berg, who has died aged 70, was known for his ex­u­ber­ance and tal­ent for chas­ing a story. A fea­ture writer for the Sun­day Tele­graph, which he called his “jour­nal­is­tic Gar­den of Eden,” David al­ways en­cour­aged younger col­leagues. He de­fined him­self as a proud Scot, sur­round­ing him­self with equally pa­tri­otic peers, but was ac­tu­ally born in Sun­der­land.

The only child of Ger­tie and Hymie Rosen­berg, a com­mer­cial trav­eller, he was shaped by a happy child­hood, de­spite fi­nan­cial chal­lenges and his fa­ther’s early death from heart dis­ease. From An­nette Street School he won a schol­ar­ship to Hutch­e­son’s School, and gained a de­gree in his­tory and pol­i­tics from Glas­gow Univer­sity. He be­came chair­man of the Jewish So­ci­ety and later na­tional chair­man of the In­ter-Univer­sity Jewish Fed­er­a­tion (IUJF), pre­cur­sor to the Union of Jewish Stu­dents. He worked on the stu­dent news­pa­per, later forg­ing a ca­reer path in sports jour­nal­ism. But he soon re­alised that his sup­port for Glas­gow Rangers would not shape a long-term ca­reer.

So he be­gan work­ing on the Manch­ester Evening News. There he met and mar­ried mar­ket­ing con­sul­tant Carol Gold­stone, whom he de­scribed as the bedrock of his life. They moved to Lon­don in the 1970s when David was ap­pointed se­nior news fea­tures writer on the Sun­day Tele­graph. It was dur­ing his years on the pa­per that his daugh­ter Anna and son Oliver were born. But when Conrad Black bought the pa­per and merged the daily and Sun­day edi­tions into a seven-day pa­per, he and six of the seven-strong fea­tures team left. His re­dun­dancy pack­age of­fered time to write a book, but he found the life of an au­thor too soli­tary. In the mid 1980s, he joined the JC as as­sis­tant editor and travel editor after which he headed the cor­po­rate re­la­tions team at Trav­elex, whose an­nual PR high­light was its Travel Writ­ers Award. Now in his 50s, un­daunted by his first se­ri­ous health is­sues, he launched a spe­cialised travel busi­ness with his col­league Julie Sh­mueli.

He later put his men­tor­ing skills to for­mal use via a diploma in life coach­ing, at Brookes Col­lege, Ox­ford, men­tor­ing many peo­ple through con­tacts and the char­ity, Re­source. He and Carol em­barked on sev­eral travel ad­ven­tures over the last few years, in­clud­ing a re­cent round-the-world trip while he was in re­mis­sion from skin cancer. He took great joy in the mar­riages of his daugh­ter Anna, a TV game-show pre­sen­ter, to Aaron Kidd, and Oliver, a banker, to Gil­lian Busch, and in the birth of his first grand­son Ace, with an­other baby in wait­ing whom he did not live to meet.

David and Carol were pop­u­lar and gen­er­ous party-givers, and par­tic­u­larly val­ued the fam­ily unit. “It’s not what Dad did, but the in­ter-re­lated val­ues — which have shaped Anna and me and con­tinue to in­spire us”, said Oliver. He is sur­vived by Carol, his chil­dren, their spouses and grand­son. GLO­RIA TESSLER

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