Lois Rosenthal (1938/1939 – July 20, 2014) was an American publisher and arts patron in Cincinnati, Ohio. She served on the boards of the Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Freestore Foodbank, Art Links, Cincinnati Museum Center, and the Mercantile Library of Cincinnati.
She and her husband, Richard H. Rosenthal established The Rosenthal Foundation and through it donated $5 million for the $35.7M Contemporary Arts Center (CAC), built in downtown Cincinnati. Designed by celebrated architect Zaha Hadid the center has become a mecca for emerging artists and patrons in the mid-west. In recognition for their contribution and deep involvement in its creation, the center was named The Lois and Richard Rosenthal CAC.
Together with her husband, Lois co-founded the Lois and Richard Rosenthal Institute for Justice (RIJ), based at the University of Cincinnati School of Law, to "harness the idealism, energy and intellect of law students, turning those qualities into a vehicle for positive social and legal change in Cincinnati, the state of Ohio, and beyond."
The couple also founded Uptown Arts, an Over-the-Rhine arts academy that offers free lessons to 300 inner-city children each year in such disciplines as art, music and dance. Uptown arts is housed in a restored three-story, 12,000-square-foot (1,100 m2) Liberty Street building that also houses The Rosenthal Foundation.
Lois launched the Rosey Reader Program, which distributes free books to inner-city schools.
With her husband, she co-founded the Rosenthal Next Generation Theater Series at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park which introduces children to plays.
Her work at the Cincinnati Freestore Foodbank enables distribution of fresh foods to the needy.
In their effort to fund emerging artists, she and her husband sponsored a ballet called "Blue Until June" that was choreographed to the music of Etta James.
In 1988 Lois and Richard Rosenthal established the New Play Prize at the Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park. The prize, which funds full production of a new play each year, has become one of the most important theater honors in the U.S. The 2003 production of Carson Kreitzer's "The Love Song of J. Robert Oppenheimer," epitomizes the emerging art this prize makes possible.
In the 1970s as a Planned Parenthood trustee, she escorted troubled young women through crowds of protesters.
She worked for the benefit of exotic animals and brought education programs to the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden.
Her work on behalf of California lettuce field workers led to a friendship with union leader Cesar Chavez.
She grew up in largely Jewish South Avondale, Ohio where her family owned Bilker's, a successful family-owned neighborhood delicatessen.
Lois made her career working closely with her husband at their family owned publishing business, F&W Publications  for over 40 years. Her husband ran the publishing end of specialty books and magazines, and she edited "Story," a magazine focused on new fiction. The Rosenthals sold the business in December 1999 to concentrate on their charitable foundation.
Birthplace: Cincinnati. Residence: Hyde Park. Family: Married to Richard Rosenthal; daughter, Jennie Rosenthal Berliant, Cincinnati; son, David Rosenthal, Cincinnati; four grandchildren, Liz Berliant (22), Andrew Berliant (20), Eva Rosenthal-(18), and Mae Rosenthal-(16). Education: University of Cincinnati, bachelor of arts with major in economics (1960). Occupation: Author, Publisher, Arts & Humanities Philanthropist, Community volunteer. Awards: National Magazine Award, 1992 and 1995 (finalist five times), YWCA Career Woman of Achievement, Cincinnati Enquirer Woman of the Year (1999).
- May, Lucy (July 22, 2014). "Lois Rosenthal: Greater Cincinnati philanthropist dies at age 75". WCPO. Retrieved September 26, 2014.