Published in Houston Chronicle on January 18, 2012
Rose Our dear brother Phillip Rothstein Rose died peacefully in hospice
in Palm Springs on Saturday, January 14, 2012, after a prolonged illness.
Phil lived life to the fullest and brightened the spirits of all who knew
Born to Meyer and Mickey Rose on November 22, 1947, he lost his mother
to brain cancer at age 5. A year later, his father re-married a widow,
Frances Levy Kalman, who raised their combined family as one (six siblings).
Phillip adored Frances and readily accepted her as his maternal figure.
The children, who ranged in age from infancy to pre-teen, fondly known
as the "Ashwood Indians," became a solid, family unit.
Phillip was endowed with extraordinary athletic prowess. At an early age,
he excelled in baseball skills; he played for Bellaire High School, graduating
in 1965. Later, as a catcher for the University of Houston College World
Series finalists1967, he was recognized as one of the Outstanding College
Athletes (Third Team All American). After graduating with a BA, he was
drafted by the California Angels and played professional baseball in Iowa,
Idaho, and Bakersfield CA, reaching as high as AAA in the Angel minor
When he retired from professional baseball in the early 1970s, he began
a career in the insurance industry as a claims adjustor with Allstate
Insurance. During nights and weekends, he attended law school in Southern
California and was admitted to the California State Bar.
Phil entered law practice, establishing a thriving personal injury practice
in Beverly Hills. Utilizing his "people skills," he showed compassion
for the maimed and injured, achieving substantial financial compensation
for their losses. Their partnership dissolved in the early 1990s, when
Phil relocated his solo practice to Woodland Hills, CA.
Phil's other interests were broad and eclectic: In the late 1980s, he
owned the popular restaurant "Picasso," and numerous real estate
holdings. Phil was a rock concert promoter in venues around the country,
including Yankee Stadium, hosting such talents as The Beach Boys and Willie
Nelson. Phil was part owner and co-manager of baseball operations for
the AAA Fresno Grizzlies, a farm team for the San Francisco Giants. He
was co-partner of a casino in Costa Rico and legitimized sports betting
in that Central American country.
After retiring from law, he settled in Palm Springs where he was active
in daytime derivative trading and sports wagering.
Phil will be sorely missed by his friends and family. Twice married, he
had no natural children. He was a caring and lovable uncle to his numerous
nieces and nephews. His loyal friendships from college and early adulthood
continued throughout his entire life. Phil's "twinkle" and half-smile
endeared him to all. Even in death, his stamina and zest for life defied
the odds and medical expectations.
Phillip is survived by his siblings and their spouses: Dr. Elliott and
Susan Rose, Herb and Jill Kalman, Steve and Dr. Diane Rose, and Dr. Joel
Rose, and Drs. Miriam Kalman and Robert H. Friedman, and numerous nieces
Funeral services will be held at the Allen Parkway Beth Yeshurun Cemetery
at 1:00 PM, on Thursday, January 19, in Houston. Donations in his memory
should be directed to Cougar Pride/U of H Athletics or The City of Hope,
in Duarte, CA.