Lorne Elkin Rozovsky, lawyer, author, educator, and human rights advocate, died August 5 at his home in Bloomfield, after a 15-month battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 70. A native of Timmins, Ontario Mr. Rozovsky spent his latter years in the United States after a distinguished career in Canada, where he was made Queen’s Counsel in Nova Scotia. He authored 18 books and more than 600 articles on health law. He also wrote on Jewish customs and laws, published online by Chabad.org. Before entering private practice, Mr. Rozovsky served as Legal Counsel to the Ministry of Health in Nova Scotia. A past member of the faculties of Law, Medicine and Dentistry at Dalhousie University in Halifax, he was instrumental in establishing the Health Law Institute. A student writing award at the Institute was recently established to honor Mr. Rozovsky and his wife. Among his books were The Canadian Patient’s Book of Rights, AIDS and Canadian Law, and Canadian Hospital Law, the first book on the subject published in Canada. He was the only Canadian to be named an honorary fellow for life by the American College of Legal Medicine. In 2012, he was named an honorary Kentucky Colonel by the governor of that state. Mr. Rozovsky believed in serving every community in which he lived. In Canada, he gave “Concerts in Historic Settings,” worked with special needs children in the Halifax Junior Bengal Lancers, and served as the Atlantic representative to the National Ballet of Canada. In the United States, Mr. Rozovsky served on town committees in Bloomfield and was a past President of Temple Beth-El in Richmond, VA. Mr. Rozovsky was facile at creating ecumenical bonds; among his close friends were faculty members at Providence College in Rhode Island, a Catholic, Dominican school and the alma mater of his wife and sons. A son of the late Hyman and Gladys (Freiman) Rozovsky, Mr. Rozovsky was a graduate of the University of New Brunswick and the University of Toronto. He is survived by his wife, Fay (Frank) Rozovsky; and their two sons, Joshua and Aaron; and his beloved beagles, Tevye and Motl.
A memorial service celebrating Mr. Rozovsky’s life will be held on Thursday, Aug. 29, at 11 a.m. at Farmington Valley Jewish Congregation- Emek Shalom in Simsbury, CT. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Mr. Rozovsky’s honor to the Saint John Jewish Museum, Beagles of New England States (B.O.N.E.S), the Rozovsky Memorial Lecture Series at the Farmington Valley Jewish Congregation-Emek Shalom, The Theological Exchange Between Catholics and Jews at Providence College, or a charity of your choice.