It is with great sadness, the University of Miami and University of Miami Alumni Association family mourn the loss of a dear and loyal friend, Audrey R. Finkelstein, A.B. '38.
"To know UM is to Love UM." Audrey R. Finkelstein.
Dedicated University of Miami Alumni Association Past President, Audrey R. Finkelstein, A.B. ’38, cum laude, English, (born January 4, 1916) passed away on December 22, 2010, at the age of 94.
Audrey, a proponent of life-long learning, passed on the virtue of education to others throughout her life founding several educational programs at the University of Miami. At the Otto G. Richter Library, she established the Audrey Finkelstein Library Endowment Fund for the acquisition of books by and about women. In 1978, she created “AlumNites,” an annual lecture series that showcased University faculty and alumni. In 1984, the “Alumni College Experience” (ACE) was created to bring alumni to campus to experience UM again. ACE demonstrated the University’s commitment to lifelong learning for alumni, created pride in the institution, offered intellectually stimulating subject matter studied only at a university, and showcased the distinction of the UM faculty. Audrey and her husband, Charles, established an endowment to fund the program in perpetuity. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Audrey’s graduation year, in 1988, the program was renamed the “Audrey R. Finkelstein Alumni College Experience.” Today the concept continues during Alumni Weekend as the Audrey R. Finkelstein UM Experience. UM Experience, as coined by participants, brings back more than 200 alumni each year to relive the classroom experience by attending a full day of lectures from University professors on timely lecture topics.
Audrey’s involvement at the University of Miami spans more than seven decades touching almost every area of the institution, from school-based volunteer projects, to athletic support, and university-wide homecoming and reunion activities. With more than a quarter million in personal donations to UM to support higher education, Audrey believed in the importance of alumni education programming and nurtured the institution that she believes invested so much in her.
Audrey personified exceptional volunteerism, devoted alumni involvement, and a woman who always remained young at heart. Audrey Finkelstein is a legend at the University of Miami and will remain as such. She has and will always be regarded by the University community, her peers and our South Florida community as one of the University of Miami’s top volunteer leaders.
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If you would like to make a memorial donation to honor Audrey Finkelstein, the family suggests donations to the Charles and Audrey Finkelstein Endowment Fund which supports the UM Experience lifelong learning program. To make your donation online please click here.
Miami Magazine (Winter 2006): Alumni Digest
University of Miami Campaign - Donor Profiles - Audrey Finkelstein
Mortar Board Alumni News - November 2007:Distinguished Mortar Board alumni