Martin Lawrence Rosen

by | May 2, 2014 | Obituaries

Norfolk — Martin Lawrence Rosen passed away after a brief illness in Miami Beach on April 18, 2014.

Martin was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. on March 14, 1925.

He was predeceased by his parents Nathan and Carrie Rosen and his brother Arnold P. Rosen.

Martin is survived by his wife of 64 years, Doris Brody Rosen, his three children, Nancy Rosenblatt (Chuck), David Rosen, and Debbie Davidson (Don) and eight granddaughters, Amy, Barbara, Emily, Madeleine, Allison, Abagail, Rachel and Gillian. Martin is also survived by his brother Richard Rosen of Boca Raton, Fla.

At the age of 11, Martin and his family moved to Miami. After graduating from Miami High School, he attended Georgia, Tech, where he graduated with a degree in electrical engineering. Following service in the U.S. Navy, Martin met his future bride and settled in Norfolk Va. to work with his father-in-law Jacob Brody in the construction industry. For over 50 years he was active in the construction business, having built and developed many neighborhoods in Tidewater.

Martin was a past president of the Tidewater Builders Association and a founding member of Temple Israel. He also served on numerous boards including the Jewish Community Center of Tidewater and the United Jewish Federation of Tidewater.

A graveside funeral service was held in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Norfolk. Donations may be made to the Jewish Community Center, Temple Israel, The Martin & Doris Rosen Holocaust Symposium at Appalachian State University or a charity of one’s choice. H. D. Oliver Funeral Apts. Online condolences may be made at