Harry M. Rosenfeld, age 91, died at his Slingerlands residence on Friday, July 16, 2021.
Born in Berlin, Germany, he was the son of Sam and Esther Rosenfeld. He experienced Kristallnacht first- hand. The family would later immigrate to the Bronx.
Rosenfeld was a graduate of Syracuse University. He worked at the New York Herald Tribune and the Washington Post before becoming editor in 1978 of the Times Union and Knickerbocker News, retiring in 1996 and becoming the Times Union’s editor-at-large.
He came to Albany after serving as managing editor for metro news at the Washington Post and had helped direct its coverage of the Watergate scandal. The reporting of that story led to the resignation of President Richard M. Nixon in 1974.
Rosenfeld was a Korean War Veteran.
He enjoyed playing tennis, swimming, and vacationing with his family in Cape Cod and Bethany Beach.
He was a voracious reader, author of two memoirs, From Kristallnacht to Watergate: Memoirs of a Newspaperman and Battling Editor: The Albany Years.
Harry was the husband of 68 years, and high school sweetheart of Anne Hahn Rosenfeld, father of Susan Rosenfeld Wachter and her husband Dr. Stuart Wachter, Amy Rosenfeld Kaufman and her husband Daniel and Stefanie Rosenfeld and her late husband Paul Aiken; grandfather of Sarah Wachter, Jonathan Wachter, Dana Kaufman, Jake Kaufman, Melanie Aiken, Wil Aiken and A.J. Aiken. In addition to his parents, Harry was predeceased by his sister Rachel Damski.