David Weisgal passed on December 23, 2009, after a lengthy illness.
Born May 27, 1932, in Toronto, Canada. His father, Meyer Weisgal, founded the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Isreal.
A graduate of Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School and Brandeis University, where David earned a degree in political science.
As a war veteran David served from 1954 to 1956 in Germany as a specialist first class.
From 1962 to 1974, he continued his father's vision as the head of the Weizmann Institute's fundraising efforts out of the New York offices. In 1975 he and his second wife, Florence Brooks-Dunay, purchased and transformed a 33 room mansion into what the New York Times refered to "as the most romantic inn in the Berkshires" located next to Tanglewood called Wheatleigh. In June 1980 Wheatleigh was sold and David and Florence moved to Palm Beach, where golf and tennis were his passions.
David is survived by his two sons, Benjamin and Jonathan; his grandchildren, Bryan and Leah; his stepchildren, Stephanie, Nicky, and Edward Brooks and Peter Dunay; his sister, Helen Amir and brother, Michael Wager; as well as by his wife, Florence, who cannot imagine life without the warmth of his love and who thanks him for illuminating her life and making her world a happier place.
Published in The Berkshire Eagle on Jan. 3, 2010.