Thursday, January 4, 2024
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Thursday, January 4, 2024
Age 96, of Audubon PA, formerly of Rydal, PA, on January 1, 2024. Devoted husband to the late Carol Rosenthal. Beloved father of Susan (Howard) Gallop and the late Ellen Rosenthal. Cherished grandfather of Amy and David Gallop.
Music was Al’s first passion, learning to play the violin at age 7. He graduated from Peabody Conservatory of Music, and he spent summers studying music at Interlochen and at Tanglewood where he studied choral conducting under Leonard Bernstein. Eventually, he was drawn to the new field of broadcast TV, embarking on a fascinating and varied career path, always with music at the forefront. He worked at WFIL-TV first as a cameraman and then as director of programming for WFIL's classical music station. He then went on to produce the American Bandstand show, working side by side with Dick Clark. He then pursued an opportunity to head Chip's record distributing company for several years, then going on to become President of Cameo Parkway Records. As the music industry changed, Al decided to go into business for himself, starting a small company from the basement of his home, which grew to become AI Rosenthal Associates, a nationwide distributor of recording tapes and accessories. In his free time, he loved woodworking and built many beautiful pieces of furniture. After retirement, his hobbies continued to reflect his varied interests and creativity, pursuing photography, wood carving, billiards... and watching MSNBC. Al always had an interesting project brewing.
Along with a lifetime of accomplishments, he remained an extraordinarily devoted father to his two daughters, a dedicated husband, and a cherished grandfather. He stayed in close touch with a dedicated group of childhood friends well into their 90s, and treasured the joy and humor of each of his friendships over the years. Al looked for humor in unassuming places and loved to solve seemingly unsolvable puzzles. He will be remembered always for his sharp and creative mind, and a deeply kind spirit.
Relatives and friends are invited to services on Thurs, January 4 at 1pm, Joseph Levine & Sons, 4737 Street Rd, Trevose PA. Chapel services may be viewed live at https://www.levinefuneral.com/trevose-webcam.html. Internment at Roosevelt Memorial Park, followed by shiva at the residence of Susan and Howard Gallop. A memorial service will be held at Shannondell, TBA. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to a charity of the donor's choice.