Florence Dolowitz Dead at 94
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Florence Dolowitz Dead at 94

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Funeral services were held today for Florence Dolowitz, a founder and past president of Women’s American ORT, who died of a heart attack Saturday at her home in Brooklyn. She was 94 years old.

Mrs. Dolowitz came to the United States from Lithuania at the age of nine. She settled with relatives in Shenandoah, Pa., moving to New York City to attend school. She graduated from Hunter College in 1910. She later taught mathematics in the city schools.

While working with the Davison Society, a group dedicated to helping working people prepare for college entrance examinations, Mrs. Dolowitz met members of the World ORT Union, which provided equipment and training to help less developed areas of Europe.

Convinced that women should play a role in the organization, she called a meeting in 1927 that led to the establishment of Women’s American ORT, an auxiliary to the international.

Mrs. Dolowitz served as president of the auxiliary from 1932 to 1937. She continued to serve on the executive committee and as honorary president until her death. She also helped to establish a physics laboratory, named after her late husband, Alexander, in Ramat Gan, Israel.

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