Memory Hold The Door
Morris D. Rosen
1919 - 2012
Morris D. Rosen was born on October 21, 1919, in
Charleston, SC, to parents Sol Rosen and Annie Blatt
Rosen. He graduated from the College of Charleston
in 1942. He received his law degree from the USC
School of Law in 1947, where he was a member of the
Wig and Robe Society and Congregation Kahal
Kadosh Beth Elohim.
Rosen served in the Coast Guard during World War
II and worked on a landing ship tank in the Pacific
Theater. He had achieved the rank of full lieutenant at
the time of his discharge in 1945.
In 1947, he began his law practice and later was joined by his sons, Robert and
Richard Rosen. He was senior partner of Rosen, Rosen & Hagood, LLC until 2009,
when he retired at age 90. He served as Corporation Counsel for the City of
Charleston from 1959 to 1975 and was a member of the S.C. Board of Law
Examiners from 1960 to 1975. Rosen was instrumental in leading the peaceful
desegregation in Charleston.
He served as president of the S.C. Municipal Attorneys Association, S.C. Bar
and Charleston County Bar Association. He was a fellow of the American College
of Trial Lawyers and an advocate in the American Board of Trial Advocates.
Rosen received an array of prestigious awards, including the Compleat Lawyer
Award in 1994 from the USC School of Law; the Bar Foundation DuRant
Distringuished Public Service Award in 1994; and the Founders Award from the S.C.
Trial Lawyers Association in 1999. In 1997, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of
Humane Letters degree by the College of Charleston. In 2011, he was honored by the
Charleston County Bar Association with the James Louis Petigru Award.
Morris D. Rosen died on October 15, 2012. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth
"Betty" Rosen, and his three children, Robert N. Rosen (daughter-in-law, Susan),
Richard S. Rosen (daughter-in-law, Marianne) and Debra Rosen.