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David Aaron Rosin, M.D.

November 21, 1938 June 30, 2019
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Durham, NC — David Aaron Rosin, M.D. 80, died Sunday, June 30, 2019. He had a long career as a psychiatrist with a specialization in Adult, Adolescent, and Child Psychiatry, Alcohol and Chemical Dependency as well as Pain Management Treatment.

Dr. Rosin was raised in Cleveland, Ohio and, the son of Ira and Betty Rosin. He attended Oberlin college on a vocal scholarship, and went on to Case Western Reserve Medical school, completing an internship and residency at The Cleveland Clinic/University Hospitals of Cleveland and UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. During this time, he joined the United States Navy and was later stationed in Portsmouth, Virginia as a Staff Psychiatrist at Portsmouth’s Naval Hospital. It was in Portsmouth that he set down his roots, started a family, and began his career in private practice at Psychiatric Associates at the Pass House in downtown Portsmouth, VA.

During his career in private practice, Dr. Rosin served the Hampton Roads community in the roles of Medical Director of The Suicide Crisis Center of Tidewater, Director of The Pain Treatment Center at Portsmouth General Hospital, Director of Behavioral Medicine and Chemical Dependency Treatment Program at DePaul Hospital, Director of The Harbors Chemical Dependency Treatment Program and Pain Management Services at Norfolk Psychiatric Center, Director of The Beacon Chemical Dependency Program and Pain Management Services at Tidewater Psychiatric Services and Director of The Partial Hospital Program of Norfolk Psychiatric Center, as well as working in several hospitals throughout southeastern Virginia.

In his 50’s, Dr. Rosin ended his private practice, joined a local aid group and traveled to Zaire, Africa where he served as Volunteer Director of The Emergency Medical Strike Force. In this role he built field hospitals and provided medical support to refugees from civil war and genocide. Dr. Rosin considered this volunteer experience to be one of the highlights of his professional career, and indeed a defining time in his personal life.

After returning from Africa, Dr. Rosin began working on the administrative side of the medical field, moving to Nevada to serve as State Medical Director Mental Health and Developmental Services. In this position he played an instrumental role in the design and construction of Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital. As an administrator, he also served as Deputy Director Mental Health Services in Colombia, South Carolina, Chief Medical Officer of The Division of Mental Hygiene of New York City and finished his career as Director of Public Mental Health for the City of Virginia Beach.

Dr. Rosin served on boards and volunteered in many leadership capacities including The Suicide Crisis Center of Tidewater, Narcotic Addicts of The Rehabilitation Center Organization Inc. and Mental Health/Mental Retardation Community Services in Portsmouth, Virginia, Western State Psychiatric Hospital Association, Nevada Alcohol and Substance Abuse Council, Clark County Health Department and Medical and Facility Advisory Board in Las Vegas, Nevada, He was an representative of SNAMHS to the Department of Psychiatry UNLV, Professor of Department of Psychiatry, University of South Carolina School of Medicine, Associate Professor of The Department of Psychiatry at The University of Nevada School of Medicine, Associate Professor of The Department of Psychiatry at The Eastern Virginia Medical School, Chairman of The Department of Psychiatry, Executive Committee of Sentara/Norfolk General Hospital, and Chairman of The Department of Psychiatry of Maryview Hospital. He and his wife Barbara proudly cofounded The Angel Kiss Foundation, which supported children with life threatening blood diseases. The couple was very active and supportive of the AA community.

Dr. Rosin served the medical community and thousands of patients with pride and success. He had a passion for dogs, photography, horses, music and his family.

He leaves his wife of 35 years, Barbara Ford Rosin; his sons, Jon Rosin, Danny Rosin, Christian Werness; his daughters, Katherine Break, Nanette Ford; his stepchildren, Walter Werness, Maury Werness, Nina Sandot, as well as thirteen amazing grandchildren: Jessica, Kaitlin, Brooke, Tyler, Jarryd, Sam, Tesia, James, Amelia, Aude, Noah, Eli, Kellan, Ben.

The Life Celebration of David Rosin will be August 10, 2019 at 4pm at Clements Funeral Service in Durham for family and friends. Please contact Clements for further information.

In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association at

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4:00 PM 8/10/2019 4:00:00 PM
Gathering Room at Clements Funeral Home

1117 Broad St
Durham, NC 27705

Gathering Room at Clements Funeral Home
1117 Broad St Durham 27705 NC
United States

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