by | May 4, 2018 | Obituaries

Virginia Beach – Dr. Joseph Rosenshein 89, passed away on April 21, 2018 in Virginia Beach.

Joe was born in Kimball, West Virginia on April 19, 1929 to the late Sam and Ida Sarah Sattar Rosenshein. He was predeceased by his wife of 63 years Helene Silverman Rosenshein, his brothers Oscar and Jack. He is survived by his children Len Rosenshein of Fort Worth, Texas; Richard (Veronica) Rosenshein of Virginia Beach, and Susan Rosenshein of Lawrence, Kann.; his sisters Schania Zelvin of Mystic, Conn., and Fay Rosenshein of Suffolk, Va.; his brother David Rosenshein of Oak Brooke, Ill.; two grandchildren, along with many extended family members.

Dr. Joseph Rosenshein enlisted in the U.S. Army, where he served in the Army Occupation of Japan.

He attended the University of Connecticut, John Hopkins University and the University of Illinois Urbana where he obtained a PhD in geology with a full minor in civil engineering.

Dr. Joseph Rosenshein worked for more than 41 years for the Water Resources Division of the U.S. Geological Survey. He held numerous positions around the country during his career. He was the assistant chief and acting chief of WRD Office Ground Water, deputy assistant chief hydrologist for Program Coordination and Technical Support, and coordinator USGS effort for Department of Defense Environmental Restoration Program, to name just a few.

Dr. Joseph Rosenshein authored and co-authored more than 60 publications ranging in scope from local hydrologic problems to broad regional or national ground water issues.

Dr. Joseph Rosenshein was active in many professional organizations. He was a founding member of American Institute of Hydrology, a 50-year member of the American Geophysical Union and of its Ground Water Committee and served as their chairman. He was also chairman of the Geological Society of America’s Hydrology Division and served as president of the U.S. Chapter of the International Association of Hydrologist.

Dr. Joseph Rosenshein has received national recognition for his dedicated work throughout the years along with receiving numerous awards which included the American Institute of Geology’s Founders Award, the Department of Interior’s U.S. Geological Survey Meritorious Service Award and its highest award, the Department of Interior’s U.S. Geological Survey Distinguished Service Award and Medal, which was presented to him by the Secretary of Interior, Bruce Babbitt.

Dr. Rosenshein’s funeral was held at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens. Woodlawn Funeral Home. Visit www.woodlawngroup.com to share a memory with the family.