Former Moraine Mayor Bob Rosencrans was remembered again with affection and community spirit Saturday, March 28th as his family celebrated his birthday by hosting the fifth annual Bob Rosencrans Memorial Blood Drive at the Dayton Community Blood Center (CBC).
Rosencrans was 61 and serving his second term as mayor in 2010 when he was killed in a crash caused by a speeding driver. He was an active member of the Moraine community for more than 30 years, volunteering with the Crime Prevention and Neighborhood Watch program and serving on City Council. He was also a dedicated blood donor with more than 70 lifetime donations.
“As of midnight last night he has become a year older than me,” said Bob’s sister Joan Buckner. “We stayed the same age for a month and a half and then he’d be the older one. We had a lot of fun with that growing up, harassing each other!”
“I’m glad that we’re doing this in memory of him,” Joan said in an interview with ABC 22/FOX 45 TV. “He was a lifelong blood donor. He was helping people in his community and helping save lives. If he could help people, he would do it.”
The memorial blood drive was again sponsored by Bob’s daughter Megan and his son Wes. Their mom Lyn Cooper made her milestone 5th lifetime blood donation Saturday. Bob’s granddaughter Reese was born just days before the second annual Bob Rosencrans Memorial Blood Drive. She and her brother Carter enjoyed the cupcakes provided by the family in the Donor Café.
A year ago the buzz among family and friends at the Bob Rosencrans Blood Drive was the excitement over the University of Dayton’s advance to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. They all agreed they were equally proud of this year’s UD team for its surprising two-game run in the tournament.
“You know what else has happened since the last year?” said Bob’s former campaign manager and long-time friend Teri Murphy, who made her 5th lifetime blood donation Saturday in Bob’s honor. “I ended up on Moraine City Council and now I’m deputy mayor.”
It’s a fitting part of Bob’s legacy that his friend is serving the city he loved. “I’ve been going to city council meetings for years,” she said. “One of the council members would say ‘You know more about Moraine than anyone sitting up here.” That encouraged her to run for an open seat, and she will be up for re-election in November.
Teri noted that Bob’s friend Dave Miller, who retired as Moraine Parks and Rec Director, has returned to the city as the volunteer coordinator. His job includes supervising the Moraine 50th anniversary celebration. “It’s going to be a big event the weekend after Memorial Day,” she said. “We have a lot of anniversary observances going on this year, but this is going to be the biggest thing.”
Bigger than the anniversary celebration is the spirit of optimism in Moraine that Teri says has come with new companies and new hiring gradually filling the void caused by the closing of the Moraine GM assembly plant. It’s the kind of progress and resilience that Bob Rosencrans always believed represented the character of the community. “Things are looking up in Moraine,” she said.
By the end of the morning 75 donors had supported Saturday’s 5th annual Bob Rosencrans Memorial Blood Drive. There were more donors in the first hour of the blood drive than all that visited the Dayton CBC Donor Center the previous Saturday morning. The family said in unison: “Way to go Bob!”