|Max Rosenn, 96, Federal Judge and Pennsylvania Icon
BY LARRY TEITELBAUM
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THE HONORABLE MAX ROSENN Lí32, a legendary judge on the U.S. Third Circuit Court of Appeals who was one of the oldest working jurists in the country, died on February 7, three days after his 96th birthday.
During his long career, he spent 36 years on the federal bench, served under two Pennsylvania governors, and practically willed his beloved Northeastern Pennsylvania back to life following the catastrophic flooding induced by Tropical Storm Agnes on June 23, 1972.
For his long service, he received the unusual honor during his lifetime of having the building in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania where he maintained an office renamed by the U.S. government as The Max Rosenn United States Courthouse. Former law clerks, together with family, friends and his former law firm, also established a high-profile annual lecture series in his name at Wilkes University, where he was a longtime trustee. And last year, the Northeastern Pennsylvania public television station produced a one-hour documentary on his life.