I was saddened to hear that Columbus businessman and community leader David Rothchild had died. He valiantly fought a long battle with cancer. I can remember when he came back from treatment at the Mayo Clinic and was honored by the Rotary Club of Columbus for his contributions to the community. Among those contributions were his years as a member of the Muscogee County School District School Board. When he spoke to the club his spirits were high and his sense of humor intact even though he had been through extensive surgery and chemotherapy. He said that was he doing fine even if he did “look like hell.” The audience laughed a loving laugh.
He was a caring man, not only for his dear wife Barbara and his family, but for his community. I have always liked and respected him and Barbara. We lost a true contributor to his community. I agree with Rabbi Tom Friedman, who recently retired as Rabbi of Temple Israel, who told the Ledger-Enquirer, “He was a gentle soul with incredible integrity.”