Professor Myron Rosenblum, beloved husband of Rachel and devoted father of Miriam, Jonathan and Leah, passed away at his home in Lexington, MA on January 29, 2016. Myron, with his wife, Rachel, was a landowner of an Ausbon Sargent protected property in Danbury. Myron was born in New York in 1925. He served in the Army for three years before returning to receive his BA in Chemistry from Columbia University and later, his PhD from Harvard University. In 1958, Myron began his work at Brandeis University as an assistant professor of chemistry, receiving full professorship in 1966, a position he held until he formally retired from teaching in 1997.
In 1984, Myron and Rachel purchased their farmhouse and acreage in Danbury, Spear Hill Farm, from Kenneth and Bernice Huberman, relatives of Rachel’s extended family. It quickly became the Rosenblum family homestead. They spent full summers and weekends in other seasons at the farm, celebrating many formal and informal events there. The Rosenblum family enjoyed all aspects of the property, both recreational and the many chores required to keep the farm going.
The Ausbon Sargent Land Preservation Trust began its association with the Rosenblums in 2006 when Myron and Rachel made the decision to put Spear Hill Farm into conservation. At this time, Rachel wrote, “Our children share with us a strong emotional tie to Spear Hill Farm and a sense of being stewards of the land and of the memory of the Hubermans and other family members for whom this was such an important place. It is in that spirit that we are putting Spear Hill Farm into conservation that it may be saved in perpetuity (or at least until the next ice age) in a manner that embodies our values and sense of legacy.”