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September 24, 2010  RSS feed

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Franci Rudolph; Jewish, civic philanthropist

Franci Golman Rudolph, 60, of Tampa, died Sept. 18. Born in Chicago, IL she attended Niles West High School and graduated from Syracuse University Summa Cum Laude with a B.S. in Special Education, Elementary Education and Psychology. She started her career as a special education teacher working with mentally disabled and neurologically challenged children. In 1996 she became the Executive Director of the Tampa Bay Business Committee for the Arts. She then went to work as a National Workshop Coordinator and Consultant for the New York City Business Committee for the Arts. She also served as an arbitrator for FINRA.

She was a longtime, active supporter of the Tampa Jewish Federation and its Women’s Philanthropy.

In 2008 she received the American Jewish Committee Human Relations Award. Additionally, Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio declared Sept. 25, 2008 “Franci Golman Rudolph Day” in honor of her commitment and dedication to the City of Tampa.

She has also received the Bank of America “Local Hero” award, Cultural Contributor of the Year from the Tampa Chamber of Commerce, Woman of Distinction Award from the Tampa Jewish Federation Women’s Philanthropy, Tampa Bay Business in the Arts Award, Women of Reform Judaism Distinguished Service Award, JNF “Tree of Life” award and the Salvation Army “People of Dedication” award.

She participated on numerous boards and committees, including the Foundation of St. Joseph’s Hospitals, Berkeley Preparatory School where she served as chair, the David A. Straz Jr. Center for Performing Arts, Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, Tampa Museum of Art, Florida Holocaust Museum, Florida Bar Grievance Committee, Florida Orchestra, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Arts Council of Hillsborough County, Congregation Schaarai Zedek and Junior League of Tampa.

Survivors include her husband, Richard; son, Benjamin Rudolph; daughter, Dr. Lesley Rudolph; sister and brother-in-law, Gail Golman Holtzman and Steve Holtzman; brother and sister-inlaw, Jeffrey and Cidney Golman. The family suggests memorials to St. Joseph’s Hospital Foundation of Tampa Bay, David A. Straz, Jr. Center for Performing Arts, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Florida Holocaust Museum, Congregation Schaarai Zedek or the Tampa Museum of Art. (Segal Funeral Home, Beth David Chapel)

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