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Francis Burt Rosevear
8/4/1912 - 7/5/2010


ROSEVEAR Francis Burt Rosevear passed away July 5, 2010 at Scarlet Oaks Retirement Community in Cincinnati at the age of 97. He was born August 4, 1912 in East Orange, New Jersey, to Morris Burt and Mabel Frances Rosevear. He grew up in Bloomfield, New Jersey. Fran attended Cornell University where he earned a Ph.D. in Microscopy Chemistry in 1937. He and Ruth Fisher were married in Leonia, New Jersey, on September 11, 1936. He joined the Research Department of Procter & Gamble in Cincinnati in 1937, where he was a notable contributor to the knowledge of soap chemistry until his retirement in 1976. Fran and Ruth joined the Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Church in 1937 and he has served the church as elder, clerk of session, and deacon, as well as organizer of many musicales. An accomplished musician, Fran is a well known local double and single reed player, having mastered saxophone, oboe, English horn, and sarrusophone. He was a charter member of the Cincinnati Community Orchestra and was active in the Civic Orchestra and Queen City Concert Band. He was a skilled arranger, and organized and directed many musical concerts and special events at church, at Procter & Gamble, and in the community. Fran was a dedicated leader in Boy Scouts. He served as Advisor to Explorer Post 3 in Clifton, and as Scoutmaster of Troop 119 in Mt. Auburn from 1964 until late in the 1990's. The Dan Beard Council awarded him its highest honor, the Silver Beaver Award. Fran loved the Adirondack Mountains in New York. Over fifty years he made many mountain hikes and climbs there with family and Boy Scout groups. He researched and authored a book summarizing the famous local surveyor, "Colvin in the Adirondacks, A Chronology and Index." Fran was a student and lover of railway history and technology, travelling by train whenever possible and seeking out abandoned railroad routes and artifacts. Fran's curiosity led him to astronomy. He made detailed studies of star maps and the evolution of star nomenclature, spending many evenings at the Cincinnati Observatory library. His sons are grateful to Fran for passing on his love of music, mountains, trains and trolley cars, scouting, maps, his spirit of adventure, and total lack of prejudice. Fran is survived by his loving wife and companion of 73 years Ruth; sons Allan of Irvine, California, and Lloyd of Dover, New Hampshire; brother Robert of De Land, Florida; as well as four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A daughter Eleanor and brother Edward are deceased. His wit and wry humor will be missed. His quiet generosity touched many lives. All are welcome to a memorial service, followed by dinner provided by church members and a celebration of life, at 4:00 PM on August 21, 2010 at Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Church, 103 William Howard Taft Road, Cincinnati.


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Funeral Date:
08-21-2010

Funeral Time(s):
All are welcome to a memorial service, followed by dinner provided by church members and a celebration of life, at 4:00 PM on August 21, 2010 at Mt. Auburn Presbyterian Church