DC Mayor and City Council Honor Peter D. Rosenstein

Photo by Judith Beermann
Peter Rosenstein and Jack Evans
Peter Rosenstein and Jack Evans

January 31st is now officially Peter D. Rosenstein Day in Washington, DC. 

Cubby, Mary Rose, AJ with Dr. James D'Orta (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Cubby, Mary Rose, AJ with Dr. James D'Orta

Tuesday evening, Dr. James D'Orta, Jed Ross and their children (triplets Mary Rose, AJ and Cubby) welcomed neighbors and longtime friends into their elegant Georgetown home, a mansion once owned by Averell Harriman.

Peter Rosenstein and Jack Evans (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Peter Rosenstein and Jack Evans

Several hundred revelers enjoyed a piano concert, cocktails and passed hors d'oeuvres as Councilmember Jack Evans congratulated Peter on his birthday.

Dr. James D' Orta, Peter Rosenstein and Jed Ross (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Dr. James D' Orta, Peter Rosenstein and Jed Ross

Approved unanimously by the city council, Evans proudly read the "Peter D. Rosenstein Recognition Resolution of 2017."

Mayor Bowser honors Peter as Dr. D'Orta and his children look on (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Mayor Bowser honors Peter as Dr. D'Orta and his children look on

Citing his early years as a teacher in New York City before working for Congresswoman Bella Abzug and coming to Washington, DC, Evans spoke about Peter's distinguished service in governement, education, healthcare and as an advocate for LGBT rights.

Peter Rosenstein thanks his friends (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Peter Rosenstein thanks his friends

Rosenstein has been CEO of national associations including the American Academy of Physician Assistants, Accounts for the Public Interests, National Association for Gifted Children and the American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists.

Claire Lucas, Martin Murray, Kut Vorndran, Jeff Marootian, Marvin Bowser (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Claire Lucas, Martin Murray, Kut Vorndran, Jeff Marootian, Marvin Bowser

"It's 1965 all over again," added Evans, explaining that they still had work to do together.  

Mayor Muriel Bowser and Peter Rosenstein (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Mayor Muriel Bowser and Peter Rosenstein

"Happy to celebrate your 25th birthday," Mayor Muriel Bowser praised Peter, "Through your longtime work in support of your adopted city, you have counseled leaders and advocates--myself included--on matters concerning LGBTQ affairs, healthcare, and education, among many others, thereby becoming a role model and setting a wonderful example for the residents of Washington, DC."

Jack Evans, Beth Solomon and Peter Rosenstein (Photo by: Judith Beermann) Jack Evans, Beth Solomon and Peter Rosenstein

After thanking his hosts and friends, Peter said "I met Dr. Martin Luther King ... and I can't believe we have to march again." 

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

After expressing appreciation for his family and long friendship with Peter, Dr. D'Orta echoed Bowser and Evans about the need to remain vigilant in protecting civil liberties. Sharing with celebrants about his home's original owners, "They were two Jewish brothers from France who were forced out of Paris ... With a dream to come to DC, they started a dry goods store on M Street and built this house." 

(Photo by: Judith Beermann)

When the lavish cake was brought out, guests sang "Happy Birthday" as Peter quipped, "At a certain age, the candles just extinguish on their own."

2 Comments For This Article

John Capozzi

Well deserved!

Patricia McHugh

Tireless energy for the great cause.
So proud of your achievements and especially your recognition.
Peter your THE MAN,