In Memoriam: Frances Brody Tuesday, November 4, 2008
Los Angeles philanthropist
We mourn the passing of our cherished friend Frances Brody on Saturday, November 1, 2008 in Los Angeles.
Frances's generosity of spirit touched countless lives. Her philanthropy was heartfelt, wide-ranging and innovative. Deeply committed to the State of Israel and its role as a leader in global scholarship and scientific progress, she drew upon the lessons learned from her celebrated career in international commerce to honor Israel's leadership with a special legacy — endowing the Frances Brody Institute for Applied Diplomacy at Tel Aviv University.
The Institute will be a national center to teach the specific practical skills needed by those who officially advocate for Israel around the world — diplomats as well as trade, defense, and Jewish organization representatives. It will utilize TAU faculty with distinguished experience in diplomacy, government and the media.
Frances's devotion to Israel was grounded in her belief that Jewish continuity is precious.
"In 1950," she recounted a few years ago, "I went to Israel on a quest, hoping to find members of my family who might have survived the Holocaust. That visit sparked my love of Israel and my passionate dedication to the Jewish State."
Frances Brody's warmth and wisdom will be greatly missed by her American Friends and the extended Tel Aviv University family.