On Monday, July 10, we at The Arc Minnesota were devastated to learn that Bud Rosenfield, the State’s Ombudsman for Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, and former Supervising attorney at the Minnesota Disability Law Center, passed away this weekend due to a sudden heart attack. Bud was an extraordinary human, a valued member of the disability community and a dedicated advocate for persons with disabilities in Minnesota. His life’s work made a huge impact – for the better – for Minnesotan’s with disabilities.
I am fortunate enough to have been able to call Bud a friend and I learned so much from him over the span of my career. He was SO smart, such a passionate activist and understood more about the disability field – past, present and future – than most. He was funny, sweet and tough, all at the same time. He had a strong spirit, and his passing leaves a huge hole – in our community – and in my heart.
As the sibling of a brother with IDD, Bud believed in and fought tirelessly for a better future for people with IDD. He was a strong supporter of The Arc Minnesota and partnered with us on countless efforts over the past 25 years, providing training and consultation, as well as supporting the advocacy we do at the individual, family and legislative level. He was powerful thought partner and we looked to him for so many things. I feel so fortunate to have had Bud in my life, personally and professionally. He will be so missed.
I know we at The Arc Minnesota will continue to build on his legacy and advance towards belonging, justice, liberation and freedom for people with disabilities. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Bud’s family and friends as they grieve and honor his life.
Andrea L. Zuber
Chief Executive Officer
The Arc Minnesota