Elaine Decker Rosensweig

The Washington Post Sunday - - LOCAL OPINIONS - — Adam Bern­stein


Elaine Decker Rosensweig, 89, an arts pa­tron, phi­lan­thropist and past board mem­ber of the Washington Na­tional Opera and its pre­de­ces­sors, died Feb. 2 at her home in McLean. She had de­men­tia. A son, John G. Decker, con­firmed the death.

Mrs. Rosensweig set­tled in the Washington area in the late 1940s.

She was a past board mem­ber of the Levine School of Mu­sic, the Mount Ver­non Ladies’ As­so­ci­a­tion preser­va­tion group and the Phillips Col­lec­tion, where she helped start the mu­seum’s art­work lend­ing pro­gram.

Elaine Lois Gor­don was born in New York to Jewish im­mi­grants from Rus­sia. She was a 1943 grad­u­ate of Hof­s­tra Univer­sity in Hemp­stead, N.Y., and re­ceived a master’s de­gree in fine arts from Ge­orge Washington Univer­sity in 1986.

She was a trustee of the East­gate Trust, a pri­vate part­ner­ship that owns in­dus­trial real es­tate in the Washington area. She was a bene­fac­tor of the pri­vate St. Al­bans School in Washington.

She was a mem­ber of Washington He­brew Con­gre­ga­tion, a Re­form syn­a­gogue.

Her first hus­band, Sa­muel J. Decker, died in 1966 af­ter a 21-year mar­riage. Her sec­ond hus­band, Stan­ley H. Rosensweig, died in 1996; they had been mar­ried for 28 years. A son from her first mar­riage, Robert G. Decker, died in 1985.

Sur­vivors in­clude two sons from her first mar­riage, John G. Decker and David G. Decker, both of McLean; a brother; and a grand­daugh­ter.

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