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A note from FIBA on the sad news of the passing of Gwen Margolis, former Florida Senate President

Thursday, June 11, 2020   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Pedro Luis Lantigua
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On behalf of FIBA, the Florida International Bankers Association, our Board of Directors and members, we would like to express our deepest condolences to the family of a dear friend to our organization, Gwen Margolis, former Florida Senate President who passed away June 09th 2020 at the age of 85.

Gwen was the first woman Senate President in our state’s history, pioneer and a leader. Gwen´s absence is one to be felt.

We remember Gwen, together with former State Representative Elaine Bloom, and others, as a supporter of our core mission, promoting International Banking in the state of Florida. She was a dear friend to FIBA and many of our Directors and members. On more than one occasion during her days in the state legislature, Gwen was a guest speaker to our membership community during our gatherings; what a privilege to hear her speak. Her passion for breaking barriers and challenging the status quo made her an unforgettable and remarkable human being. 

We will always cherish a resolution Gwen signed in 1991 as President of the Senate regarding International Days where the efforts of our organization were recognized. This document has been included in the first edition of our FIBA-Leading the Way History book published in 2004.

Gwen was a restless public servant and contributor to the great State of Florida. An inspiring role model and game changer. Her friendship and warm smile will be missed. Our heartfelt condolences go to her entire family.

Rest in Peace, Gwen.