Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Louisa Rosenthal May 25, 1923 - March 28, 2015 Small Business Owner Supported the Arts

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Louisa Rosenthal May 25, 1923 - March 28, 2015 Small Business Owner Supported the Arts

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When small business owner Louisa Rosenthal of Churchill had to start using a walker, and then a wheelchair, in her old age, she continued her philanthropic and artistic pursuits despite the setback.

"Many people would shy away from being in public in that situation, but Louisa couldn't be stopped," said friend and cousin Lee Foster, a prior chairman of the Carnegie Museums board of trustees. "She had a great sense of her own being and a great desire to be active and involved until the very end of her life."

Ms. Rosenthal, an avid gardener and contributor to the arts, died Saturday. She was 91.

A pioneer in many regards, Ms. Rosenthal was accustomed to overcoming obstacles.

She was the first female editor of the Carnegie Tartan while studying at Margaret Morrison College of Carnegie Tech, now Carnegie Mellon University, in the 1940s, and went to work as a dietitian after graduation at Montefiore Hospital at a time when many women didn't pursue careers.

According to son Mark Rosenthal of New York City, when she decided to start a landscaping design business in the 1950s, "the art of gardening and the art of designing the outdoors as being as important as the indoors was not a roll-off-the-tip-of-your-tongue career. And what she was up against were relatively male-dominated, big, burly landscaping companies."

Though not many people saw gardening as an art, visitors or passersby would see Ms. Rosenthal's garden and ask her to do the same for them.

She was politically involved throughout her entire life, volunteering at the polls and going to town hall meetings in support of Democratic candidates.

Friend Ruth Lee Silver of Hartford, Conn., said she can remember "sitting and crying all night long" with Ms. Rosenthal after one of Adlai Stevenson's presidential election defeats in the 1950s.

Any support Ms. …

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