Claire Rosenbaum

Claire M. Rosenbaum, Ed.D.

Although Claire M. Rosenbaum is a graduate of Westhampton College, she was not allowed to enter as a freshman because she was only 15 years old. So she attended Randolph Macon Woman’s College for two years and then was allowed to enter Westhampton, graduating when she was 19 years old with a major in biology and minors in physics and mathematics. In 1973, she earned the Master of Education degree in Counseling from the University of Richmond, and in 1983 received an Ed.D. in Education Administration from the College of William and Mary.

Rosenbaum has worked as a special education teacher and counselor in Richmond city schools, bereavement care coordinator for St. Mary’s hospice program, director of the WILL program, interim dean of Westhampton College, adjunct faculty in the University of Richmond education department and in various capacities with numerous area museums.

Author of “Universal and Particular Obligations, a history of Congregation Beth Ahabah and A Gem of a College: The History of Westhampton College,” she has written several handbooks and guides for various organizations.

Rosenbaum is a past president of The National Conference of Christians and Jews, NCCJ, and a past president of Congregation Beth Ahabah. She also has served on the Bon Secours Health Care Foundation Board. Today, Rosenbaum serves on the Board of Trustees of the University of Richmond and as a trustee of her congregation. She is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Greater Richmond Chapter of the American Red Cross and serves on the board of the Virginia Institute of Pastoral Care.

Among the honors she has received include the Westhampton College Alumnae Association Distinguished Alumna Award, the University of Richmond Board of Trustees Distinguished Service award, the Alumni of the University of Richmond Award for Distinguished Service and the 1999 Humanitarian Award from the NCCJ.

She is married to Robert Rosenbaum, class of 1952. They have three children and two grandchildren.