Rosin’s next major public installation was in the sixties. In 1965, Rosin completed a six-foot statue of Olympic rower and Philadelphia native, John B. Kelly. The statue was installed on the east bank of the Schuylkill River and unveiled by Kelly’s widow.[1] Rosin’s statue is still exhibited behind the grandstands which face the finish line for the sculling races.

Of course, Kelly was not Rosin’s sole work during the sixties. He was in fact quite busy sculpting pieces that still decorate public buildings across the east coast. In 1966, he was asked to design a piece for the fountain for the state hospital in Ancora, New Jersey.[2] Interestingly, Rosin chose to create a more abstract piece for this commission, sculpting a girl releasing a bird from each hand.

Rosin, who had long been involved in the New Hope community, became the art editor for the Bucks County Gazette in March 1963. In 1964, he was invited to meet President Lyndon B. Johnson after designing the plaque of David G. Burnett, first president of Texas. Also in 1964, the Fellowship of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine arts awarded Rosin with the Percy M. Owens Award for a Distinguished Pennsylvania Artist.[3] From 1966-1967, he worked on another piece for Deerfield Academy, this time of Dr. Frank L. Boyden, who had been the school’s headmaster for sixty-six years. 1966 was also the year Rosin finished carving four large limestone panels depicting four centuries of history of Chester County, Pennsylvania. These panels adorn the West Chester Court House.

Shortly before his death, Rosin was approached to do two series of medals. The first was in 1970 for the Historic Mint of Long Island, which asked him to design nearly all of the plaques for a 158-coin series on the American Revolution. Unfortunately, the mint went bankrupt after releasing the 36th coin.[4] The second series was for the National Wildlife Federation to commemorate endangered species.

Rosin’s final years were, as would be expected, spent hard at work. In 1972, the then 74-year old Rosin met with his close friend, Tom Galbraith, and expressed an interest in getting the “old guard” back together for another show with a few newer artists. “New Hope Six Guys and a Gal” ran from October 20th into November of 1972. And, in 1973, the plan was to do it again. Sadly, on September 28, 1973, Rosin passed away in his studio while painting, a hobby of which he was ever fond. Subsequently, the show became a memoriam of his life; one spent living for all it was worth.[5]


[1]  Obituary.

[2]  Encyclopedia, handwritten notes, back of p 6.

[3] Obituary.

[4] Obituary.

[5] Obituary.