Class of 1956
A 1956 graduate, Rohman went to work for a local florist after graduating from Ritenour High School. Together with a business partner, Rohman created George Waldbart Floral Company, one of the most successful floral companies in St. Louis.
Unfortunately, Rohman's business partner was diagnosed with ALS in 1985 and died a little more than a year after his diagnosis. In response to his friend's diagnosis, Rohman got involved with the ALS Association and sought to use his gifts in floral design to benefit those with the disease.
Rohman helped create a number of ALS Association patient programs, including a holiday gift to each patient, an award-winning respite-care program for caregivers, and an expanded equipment loan program for patients who cannot afford to purchase medical equipment. Thanks in part to his popular fundraiser, "Say It With Flowers," Rohman has also raised more than $3 million for the organization.
Today, Rohman continues to share his love of flowers with others. He's written three books on floral design and has appeared on numerous television shows, including NBC's Today Show, CNN's Morning News, Home Matters on the Discovery Channel, and Today at Home on cable's Home and Garden TV. Rohman travels throughout the country to participate in home and garden shows and has designed major events for companies including Anheuser-Busch, Neiman Marcus, Edward Jones and the Missouri Botanical Garden.
Rohman and his wife, Joan, live in Chesterfield, Mo.