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Murray Rothstein

December 31, 1918 September 9, 2019
Murray Rothstein
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Obituary for Murray Rothstein

Murray Rothstein, musician, was born in the Bronx, NYC on December 31, 1918. When he was age 14, the family moved to Bensonhurst, Brooklyn where he lived and attended public schools until World War II. He enlisted in the National Guard, field artillery regiment, where he played first trumpet then transferred to the US Army Air Force Corps where he served as an aviation cadet. He was sent to communication and radar school where he became an instructor as a first lieutenant.

At war’s end, Murray was discharged with the rank of captain and returned to the music profession. While playing in a Broadway show, he studied with Benny Baker and several other Luminaries. He also studied composition with the internationally famous composer Stefan Wolpe and later enrolled at NYU where he received his first master’s degree, in musicology, under the eminent composer and teacher Philip James. Always fascinated by mathematics, Murray received his second master’s degree in that field from NYU’s Courant Institute and also taught there for a while.

He played professionally for many years, until he retired from the music business. Until his death, he also pursued another lifetime interest, photography; in particular, nature photography.

Murray is survived by his second wife, Muriel, and his son, Gregg Rothstein.

At the request of the family, services will be private


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