Gilda Smithline Block
Gilda Smithline Block
Gilda Smithline Block was born March 19, 1927 and passed suddenly on July 27, 2021. As a young woman, she attended Tobe Coburn school of Fashion Careers on a scholarship, setting a lifelong commitment to enrich the lives of students in need.
Gilda had impeccable style, artistic flair, deep loving friendships and a serious commitment to numerous Jewish institutions. She loved beautiful spaces and places and lived life to the fullest in her many homes around the world, most recently in Palm Beach and the Hamptons.
Predeceased by Henry, her husband of 69 years, they supported many philanthropies including the Block-Kolker Center for Spiritual Arts at The Jewish Theological Seminary, the Gilda and Henry Block School of the Arts at the 92nd Street Y, Temple Emanu-El of Palm Beach, Sutton Place Synagogue, the Conservative
Synagogue of the Hamptons and the Lincoln Center Film School. Over the years, Gilda sponsored a host of art exhibits and concerts in New York and Palm Beach.
Gilda traveled the world as executive vice president of Abraham & Strauss for 33 years, where she had 120 artists, writers and photographers on her staff and then moved onto an executive position at The May Company for 18 years. Later in life she became an artist herself with a studio and gallery space in West Palm Beach. She will be deeply missed by her cousins, many friends, nieces, and nephews. Donations in her memory can be made to any of the charities she supported.
Published by Palm Beach Daily News from Aug. 4 to Aug. 8, 2021.
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