Roger B. Oresman ’52 was a distinguished partner at Milbank, Tweed,
Hadley & McCloy for more than 50 years. Oresman passed away on April 2, 2010,
at the age of 89.
Born and raised in New York City, Oresman completed high school at the renowned Fieldston School. He majored in economics at Harvard College before receiving his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 1943. After serving in the Navy for several years, Oresman came to Columbia Law School, where he graduated in 1952.
Oresman spent his entire legal career in the New York City offices of Milbank, Tweed, where he specialized in corporate law. In his five decades at the firm, he developed a reputation for loyalty, integrity, fairness, and a strong sense of ethics.
In addition to his legal practice, Oresman dedicated much of his time to education-related endeavors, serving for many years on the Columbia Law School Board of Visitors, and he contributed generously to arts organizations across the city. Known for wearing snappy red bow ties, Oresman was an avid cyclist who rode almost daily through Central Park until the age of 86. He and his wife often took their bicycles to France, where they delighted in pedaling across the French countryside.
Oresman is survived by his wife of 35 years, Janice, as well as his two children, Sam Fortenbaugh and Cristina Carlson.