FLORENCE ROSENBERG WISE of Miami Beach, Florida, passed away on January 11, 2013 at the age of 100. Florence Wise was born in Jacksonville, Florida on October 18, 1912 to parents Ruhama and Chaim Rosenberg. Florence travelled extensively all her life but her heart was always in Israel where she lived for a time as a young woman in the town of Ra'anana. Together with her late husband, George S. Wise, who became the first President and Chancellor of Tel-Aviv University in Israel, she worked tirelessly and unconditionally to support the State of Israel in the United States, Mexico and other countries. Tel-Aviv University houses several buildings, Faculties and Chairs named for both Florence and George Wise and her late father, Chaim Rosenberg. The Hebrew University is also home to the Florence and George Wise Auditorium. Numerous scholastic scholarships and Chairs have been designated in perpetuity by both Florence and her late husband at most institutions of higher learning in Israel. Florence was an accomplished artist who graduated from New York University with a degree in Fine Arts and she was subsequently appointed Assistant Professor of Art at New York University. She taught several well-known modern artists who, at that time, had recently emigrated from Russia after World War II. One of her former students was the renowned artist Larry Rivers who painted a portrait of her. She also produced an avant-garde film about art set to music which is housed in the Smithsonian Museum in Washington. She was a lifelong friend of the famous Israeli artist Reuven Rubin. Florence was a member of the Heritage Society of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation as well as a Founder of Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Florida. Florence Wise was a gracious, smart, funny and generous person and loved by many. She is preceeded in death by her cherished husband, George and sister, Naomi Sarlin. She is survived by her nephew, Dr. Jonathan Sarlin of New York, his wife Yosefa and their children Ehud and Avital. Services were held in Elmont, New York.
Published in Miami Herald on Jan. 13, 2013