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Joseph Rosenfield

Born: May 16, 1904

Death: Jun 7, 2000

Profession: Lawyer

Nationality: United States

Joseph Rosenfield

Date of Birth : May 16, 1904
Date of Death : Jun 7, 2000

Joseph Frankel Rosenfield was an American lawyer, businessman and philanthropist. Rosenfield graduated from Grinnell College in 1925 and earned a J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1928. He practiced law with a Des Moines law firm until 1947. Upon the death of his father Meyer Rosenfield in 1929, Rosenfield became the head of Younkers department store, which had merged with his family's retail business, and retired in 1964 as president and chairman of the board. His work for Harold Hughes' election landed him on the master list of Nixon political opponents. Rosenfield and his sister, Louise Noun, helped finance the Tinker v. Des Moines Independent Community School District to promote free speech among students protesting the Vietnam War. His friendships with Warren Buffett and Robert Noyce were key factors in the growth of Grinnell College's endowment during his time as a Grinnell College trustee. Buffett described Rosenfield as an "extraordinarily generous and smart man" and father figure: "I'd never have wanted to replace my real father--but if after my dad's death I could have adopted Joe as my father, I would have."


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