Laurence “Laurie” Rossbach was born in Manhattan to Laurence Bache Rossbach and Edith Lowenstein Rossbach and died in hospice at the Peconic Bay Hospital in Riverhead. He was educated at the New Lincoln School, Deerfield Academy ‘45, and, after one year in the Army, Harvard College ‘50 and Harvard Law ‘53.
Mr. Rossbach practiced law briefly, transitioned to banking at Manufacturers Hanover Trust, moved to investment banking at Drexel Burnham Lambert, and finished his career as an investment advisor at Smith Barney/Morgan Stanley, from which he retired in 2017.
In 1952, when the head waiter at the Tre Scalini restaurant in the Piazza Navona in Rome seated two American boys directly next to three American girls, Laurie met Pamela vanEgmond Schilthuis, and the result was a 64 year marriage. He was a devoted father to his son, Peter vanEgmond Rossbach of Portsmouth, N.H., and daughter, Janet Bache Rossbach of Manhattan, and loved spending time with his grandchildren, William and Nina. He also remained close to his older brother, Alain Leigh Rossbach, his nephews Andrew and Thomas, and members of his extended family.
Mr. and Mrs. Rossbach came to Sag Harbor the late 1960’s when it was still possible to buy a piece of land overlooking Noyac Bay with just a handshake and a small down payment. Five years later they built their house and it has been their prime residence for the past 20 years. Mr. Rossbach delivered Meals on Wheels in East Hampton, was active with the John Jermain Memorial Library building project in Sag Harbor, played tennis at the East Hampton Tennis Club, and spent as much time as possible on the ocean beaches.
Mr. Rossbach will be remembered for his wit and kindness, his love of books, his moral compass, and for seeing the glass at least half full at all times. Contributions may be made in his memory to the John Jermain Memorial Library or the ACLU. A memorial gathering will be held in the spring.