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Harold Rogovin, the father of Brooklyn Paper Publisher Celia Weintrob and a metal-working master who participated in the restoration of the Statue of Liberty and the domes of Ellis Island two decades ago, died Saturday, June 30, in Tampa, Fla., after suffering a stroke in December. He was 81.

Prior to moving to Florida in 1987, he lived in New York City and Califon, NJ.

Rogovin was born on March 5, 1926, in the Bronx, the son of Mildred and Leo Rogovin. After graduating from DeWitt Clinton HS in 1943, he served in the Navy in World War II.

Rogovin then attended City College of New York, Brooklyn Polytechnic, and the Craft Students League before starting his own metal-smithing business.

In 1964, Rogovin founded Brass Artisans, where he fabricated reproductions of antique chandeliers and brass beds. At that time, the master metalsmith became most noted for his hand-raised hollowware, including a three-piece coffee service, a variety of bowls and trays, a candelabra, and a spectacular oval-fluted, two-foot-long punch bowl that were all later part of an exhibition at the New Jersey State Museum.

During this period, he was a silversmithing instructor at the Craft Students League, and an adjunct professor at Staten Island Community College. He was also part of the team that restored the Statue of Liberty and the domes of Ellis Island in the 1980s.

In addition to his daughter, Rogovin is survived by his wife, Katherine, and two other children — Kate Rogovin of Beacon, NY, and Alex Rogovin, of Flemington, NJ. — and five grandchildren: Zosia Kruk; Theresa Rogovin; and Paul, Rachel Leah and Sara Weintrob.

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dennis gilmore from califon nj says:
i miss harold.
Jan. 20, 2011, 6:36 am

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