Florence Beatrice SpungenMarch 20, 1928 - January 6, 2012
1928 - 2012
It was Florence Spungen's idea to start a foundation that would focus on the areas of health and Judaism. Diagnosed with both ovarian cancer and lymphoma in 2005, she envisioned trying to make a difference in the prevention and treatment of cancer and other health related issues. Florence was raised in a deeply rooted religious Jewish family from Staten Island, New York, where her passion for Jewish causes was nurtured and always close to the surface.
Florence, who described herself as being "obedient" as a child, always knew the importance of education. She received her bachelor's degree in Sociology (June 1949) and master's degree in Education (June 1951) from Hunter College in New York. This accomplishment required taking a bus, ferry, and 3 trains to attend
Florence's fiscal expertise was demonstrated in her ongoing zealousness for investments, including organizing and developing numerous investment clubs. She continued to be actively involved in her personal financial endeavors as well as the financial management of the Foundation up until her death.
It was often said that after a very short encounter, Florence would know more about one's background than their own longtime friends! According to Florence, it was dangerous to sit next to her at a dinner or luncheon. By the time you stood up, you were involved in either a stock or book club, maybe joined an "Adventures" club or became involved in a boggle or bridge group.
May her memory be a blessing. She will be missed.
To read a bit more, "on the lighter side of Flo," please download this PDF.
The Spungen family is grateful for the many words of condolence from our friends and community. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that those interested please consider making a contribution to the Foundation. Thank you.