Morton Rosenthal, one of the founders of Warner Communications Inc., now Time Warner Inc., died May 15 in Chappaqua, N.Y., of congestive heart failure. He was 89.
Rosenthal began his career in the funeral business, and with members of his family built a family-owned funeral chapel business into the largest funeral services business in the country. Through a series of mergers and acquisitions (including Abbey-Rent-a-Car, Kinney Parking Systems and Warner Bros.-Seven Arts), Rosenthal teamed with his brother, Edward Rosenthal, and his son-in-law, Steven Ross, to build the original business into Warner Communications. Morton Rosenthal served as a vice president, director and head of the executive committee at Warner.
Rosenthal was also a horse racing enthusiast; after retiring from Warner, he relocated to Ocala, Fla., to breed race horses. During his more than 50 years of involvement in thoroughbred horse racing and breeding, he bred and raced many horses that won at noted stakes races including the two-year-old colt Maria's Mon, the 1995 Eclipse Award champion.
Rosenthal is survived by his wife of 63 years, Rosalind; three daughters, a son, a sister and six grandchildren.