In 1960 Isaac Olemberg arrived in Miami from Cuba with
only the five dollars the Castro government allowed him
to take out of the country. The Olemberg family did not
expect to stay permanently, but the Castro regime nationalized
his business and confiscated his holdings, making a return
to Havana impossible.
In Cuba Olemberg
had a shoe store, and so he turned to what he knew—working
diligently to regain what he had lost. In the early
years, the family of five lived
in a small apartment in an area that later was converted
into a subsidized housing development. Eventually, Isaac
built the extremely successful Olem Shoe Corporation
from the ground up.
The Olembergs have pledged a $1.5
million donation to the Department of Neurology at the
Miller School of Medicine.
An initial $500,000 will be given as a cash gift and
remainder will be a bequest.
Dedicated in honor
of Walter G. Bradley, D.M., F.R.C.P., professor and
chairman emeritus, Department
who has been Olemberg’s physician, this $1.5
million gift will endow the Olemberg Family Chair in
This generous gift is the first the
Olembergs have made to the Miller School of Medicine,
been steadfast philanthropists and magnanimous supporters
their community for many years.
“We are truly proud to be able
to honor Dr. Bradley’s
legacy by this endowment,” says Olemberg, “and
we hope this gift will serve our entire community in