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Originally published: 2013-05-29 12:55:22
Last modified: 2013-05-29 14:04:47

Rowland Schaefer

Rowland Schaefer was an active philanthropist, involved in numerous charitable and community organizations in the United States and Israel. In 1986, Mr. Schaefer provided funding for the Rowland and Sylvia Schaefer Solar Research Complex at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovet, Israel, to further basic research into the accumulation, conversion and transportation of solar energy in order to reduce dependence on oil reserves. In 1995, funds donated by the Schaefers financed the Rowland and Sylvia Schaefer Building at the Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami. In 2003, he made a gift of $10 million to the Simon Wiesenthal Center of Human Dignity Museum of Tolerance, which is to be built in Jerusalem.

Other organizations in which Rowland Schaefer played a significant role include the Anti-Defamation League, the Miami Jewish Home and Hospital for the Aged, the Concert Association of Florida, and the Wien Center for Alzheimer's Disease and Memory Disorders at the Mount Sinai Medical Center where he was a Founder.

Rowland Schaefer was a recipient of various awards and honorary degrees during his lifetime. Included among those are: An Honorary Doctorate from the Weizmann Institute of Science (1994); a National Community Service Award from the Simon Wiesenthal Center (1999); the Nova Southeastern University Entrepreneur Hall of Fame Award (1999); the Friars Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award (2000); the Ernst & Young 2002 National Entrepreneur of the Year Award; the Ernst & Young Florida Entrepreneur of the Year-Consumer Products and Services Award (2002); the Simon Wiesenthal Center Humanitarian Award (2003); and the Joseph Wharton Business Statesman Award/The Wharton School Club of South Florida (2004).

Mr. Schaefer is survived by his three daughters, Marla (Steve), Bonnie (Jamie) and Roberta (Bruce). He is also survived by eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Mr. Schaefer was predeceased by his beloved wife, Sylvia, daughter, Diane, and son, Ronald.

Mourners Kaddish is being played by virtuoso violinist Gil Morgenstern as part of a benefit concert for the Temple of the High Country that will honor the lives of Rowland & Sylvia Schaefer. The event will be held at 8 p.m. Saturday, June 15, 2013, at the Temple of the High Country / Schaefer Jewish Community Center, 1043 King Street, Boone, NC 28607. Tickets and more information, please call (828) 266-9777.

Donations in memory of Rowland and Sylvia Schaefer can be made to the Temple of the High Country, P.O. Box 2895, Boone, NC 28607, or to the Wien Center for Alzheimer's Disease & Memory Disorders, Mount Sinai Medical Center, 4300 Alton Road, Miami Beach, FL 33140

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