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Steven D. Rosen, businessman

Armed ForcesGreater Baltimore Medical CenterFort Hood (military base)

Steven D. Rosen, a sales manager for a Cockeysville furniture company, died Saturday at Greater Baltimore Medical Center after being injured in a fall. He was 61.

"He was on a ladder pulling down an old sign from a building near the old Mark Downs furniture store when he fell. He was taken to Greater Baltimore Medical Center where he later died," said his daughter, Rebecca Mercado of Hampden.

Steven David Rosen, whose parents owned and operated the Towson Economy Store on York Road in Towson, was born in Baltimore and attended Pikesville High School. He later moved to Miramar, Fla., where he graduated from Miramar High School in 1970.

After graduating from high school, he enlisted in the Army and served at Fort Hood, Texas, with the 1st Cavalry Division, where he was in charge of armored maintenance.

While serving in the Army, where he attained the rank of captain, Mr. Rosen earned a bachelor's degree in Soviet studies in 1974 from the University of Florida in Gainesville.

After leaving the service, he and his wife, the former Wendy Workman, whom he married in 1972, returned to Baltimore.

In 1980, he joined his father and stepbrother at Mark Downs office furniture — formerly the Towson Economy Store — that moved to the 11000 block of York Road in Cockeysville.

Mr. Rosen was president of the business, which closed late last year but had reopened under new management this year and in a new location in the 10900 block of York Road in Cockeysville. At his death, the Cockeysville resident had been working as Mark Downs' sales manager.

In addition to his work with the furniture store, Mr. Rosen was a founding partner of the Mill Centre in Hampden.

An avid reader and filmgoer, Mr. Rosen was a photographer and a collector of science fiction. He was also a trivia expert, family members said.

"Though he often spoke brashly, those who knew him will remember his sharp wit and fierce desire to help nearly everyone he met," said Ms. Mercado. "He was among the most fun, generous and resourceful people one could know."

He was a member of Baltimore Hebrew Congregation.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Sol Levinson & Bros., 8900 Reisterstown Road, Pikesville.

In addition to his wife and daughter, Mr. Rosen is survived by a son, Jeffrey Rosen of Washington; his father, Herbert Rosen of Lutherville; a stepbrother, Marc Rosen of Phoenix, Baltimore County; and a granddaughter.

fred.rasmussen@baltsun.com

Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun
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