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Updated: May 31, 2021

Intermountain Jewish News

It always amazed Denverite Paul Shamon how many people — including Jews, even rabbis, even physicians who practiced there — thought Rose Medical Center was named after a flower.

It wasn’t.

The venerable Denver hospital, originally known as General Rose Memorial Hospital, was actually named after a man whose name was Maurice Rose.

He was raised in Denver, a member of an observant Jewish family, and became a war hero, a general whose combat death in the waning days of WW II made him a celebrity in his hometown, causing Jewish activists here to memorialize him by conferring his name on a hospital created to provide a place for Jewish physicians to practice medicine.

The Denver Jewish community mourned him in 1945. The US Army honored him with a host of medals, including the Distinguished Service Cross, Silver and Bronze Stars and Purple Heart. The US Navy named a ship in his honor. The French government presented him with their coveted Legion of Honor and Croix de Guerre decorations.

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