May 29

Ron Rosenbaum

It is with tremendous sadness that I have to report the passing of our spokesman of many years, Ron Rosenbaum.

Ron was a Renaissance man. Teacher at Central High School, Assistant Headmaster of South Boston High School during court ordered desegregation, a journalist for the Boston Globe, attorney, and talk show host, his curmudgeonly on-air persona was offset by his true, good hearted nature. Ron’s knowledge, both presumed and actual, about the intersection of sports and legal issues made him an a fascinating interviewer and interviewee.

A radio talk show host for many years, he frequently corralled other high-profile attorneys to join him on the air to dissect the topics of the day. In recent years, Ron and his wife, Lucy Quinlivan, produced The Holding Court Podcast, on the Tom Bernard Network and Ron was a regular contributor to Dan Barriero’s Bumper-to-Bumper show on KFAN.

Ron’s strong pubic stance on drinking and driving, and other DWI related issues made him a natural fit to be the public voice of Smart Start MN.

Ron has been a mentor, collaborator and friend to me personally, and to Smart Start MN’s for many years. He claimed to have been honored by the fact that we asked him to be our spokesman, but the truth was that we were so lucky to have him.

Ron’s reputation and integrity were instrumental in making SmartStart MN Minnesota’s Ignition Interlock leader. The entire Smart Start MN family is deeply saddened by this loss, and we offer our deepest condolences to his wife, Lucy and his son Nick, and the extended Rosenbaum family.

Godspeed, Ron. You will be missed.

Ed Cohen
May 29, 2016