Rosenstock Hall is named for the late Samuel Heidelberger Rosenstock and Henrietta Kaufman Rosenstock, well-known local philanthropists and longtime residents of Frederick.
Mr. Rosenstock, affectionately known as Mr. Sam, was the son of Lewis and Ettie Rosenstock. Born on July 14, 1885, in Baltimore, he was educated in Baltimore’s public schools, and attended Marston University School in Baltimore, Stratton Business College, and Lehigh University. His father died when he was young and he was raised by his mother.
Mr. Rosenstock was a noted industrialist who reached national prominence in the canning industry. His first job was working in the canning business owned by his two uncles, Jacob and Aaron Rosenstock. His wages were four cents an hour. After leaving his uncles’ business, he got a job as a runner for a Wall Street investment firm for $5 a week. At age 19 he was named manager of the Frederick City Packing Company and the 662-acre Richland Farms. At 21 he purchased one third interest in the company and eventually became the sole owner. In 1946 he sold the company to the Jenkins Brothers. In 192 he purchased the Thurmont Canning Company which became known as the Western Maryland Packing Company. In 1941, to meet the needs of the war effort, he built the largest string bean canning plant in the United States in Belle Glade, Florida, which he operated until 1943.
Not only was he an expert in the canning industry, he was also an expert in raising leghorn chickens, breeding and raising trotting horses, and raising wolfhounds.
Samuel Rosenstock was married to Henrietta Kaufman, the only daughter of the three children of Michael D. and Pearl Morris Kaufman. She was born in Tarboro, North Carolina, on May 7, 1896. Mrs. Rosenstock, one of the first women to ever work on Wall Street, was a secretary/analyst in New York when she met Mr. Rosenstock. She also served in the U.S. Navy as one of eight women chief petty officers during World War I.
Mr. Rosenstock was interested in community affairs and was active in several civic organizations. He was a charter member of the Frederick Kiwanis Club, and a member of the Frederick Lodge BPOE, and served on the Advisory Council of the Visitation Academy. He served on the boards of many organizations including the Frederick County National Bank, Frederick Memorial Hospital, the Salvation Army the Girl Scouts, and the Royal Poinciana Chapel in Palm Beach, Florida. He helped launch the Board of Associates at Hood College and served on the Board for many years. Mr. Rosenstock was awarded the “Others” award by the Salvation Army, given to local business people whose service rises to the standard of William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army. During World War I he served on the U.S. Food Administration and was given a certificate of appreciation by the then food administrator, Herbert Hoover.
Mr. and Mrs. Rosenstock played an important part in the growth and development of Frederick County, providing financial support to a number of organizations including Frederick Memorial Hospital, Goodwill, Inc., and the Girl Scouts. They were major benefactors for an effort to build a Baptist college at Walkersville. Unfortunately, this effort failed and the chapel which they funded was sold as part of a housing development.
In recognition of his dedication to the College, Hood awarded Mr. Rosenstock an honorary doctor of humanities degree in 1976. A staunch supporter of education, he provided financial support to many college students.
In 1970 the Rosenstocks were honored when Rosenstock Hall was named in recognition of their gifts to the College. The building houses an auditorium, computer laboratories, faculty offices, and classrooms for the departments of economics and management, English and communication arts, psychology, and history and political science.
There are no direct descendants. Mr. Rosenstock died at age 95 on March 22, 1981; Mrs. Rosenstock died on April 18, 1975. Both are buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Frederick.