From his humble beginnings, George Rothman rose to great heights. A graduate of Rutgers University and Columbia University School of Law, he not only fought alongside General George S. Patton in WWII, but later became a successful real estate developer and philanthropist.
George’s real estate career began when he foresaw the housing boom that occurred as he and his fellow servicemen came home and started families. He continued his success by building shopping centers, malls, garden apartments, high rise apartments and developing land across the country.
Having witnessed the horrors of concentration camps during his military service, George was an active supporter of the State of Israel and its people. Beginning with the Kennedy Presidency and continuing for several administrations, he worked to develop programs to promote strong ties between the United States and Israel.
Not only was George a savvy businessman and devoted family man, he believed in giving back to the community. He created the Rothman Foundation, which founded the George Rothman School of Entrepreneurial Studies (now a part of Fairleigh Dickinson University), which continues today with several campuses abroad. Several universities in Israel also became recipients of his generosity. The Rothman Foundation also funded major universities, built hospital wings (Miami’s Children’s Hospital, JFK Medical Center Rothman Women’s Center, A.I.P.A.C. (Miami Beach, FL)), the George Rothman Institute of the Zionist Organization of America and countless other worthy causes and charities.
George was an avid swimmer and athlete and, at age 70, was a medalist in the Senior Olympics. In remembrance of his devotion to the sport, the Rothman Foundation’s new “pride” is the George Rothman Aquatic Swimming Center at the new Jewish Community Center in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
George worked hard, played hard and loved his family. He taught his two daughters humility, honesty and a genuine appreciation for life. His two daughters continue to proudly carry on their father’s legacy.