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Remembering the ‘magical’ life of Marvelle Koffler

Marvelle Koffler passed away on January 14, 2020. She leaves a lasting legacy with her commitment to women's health, the arts and science – for the benefit of humanity.

Weizmann Canada mourns the loss of dear friend and visionary philanthropist Marvelle Koffler, O.Ontz”l who passed away peacefully on January 14, 2020 at the age of 90. Marvelle is pre-deceased by her husband Murray Koffler in November 2017, who served as the first chair of Weizmann Canada and was a driving force in building the organization. 

Marvelle’s described her life as ‘magical, adventurous and like a dream.’ Her lifelong commitment was to push the boundaries for the betterment of women’s health, the arts and science. 

As part of her commitment to science, the Koffler family generously supported the Weizmann Institute of Science through many gifts, including the establishment of the Koffler Accelerator of the Canada Centre of Nuclear Physics. The centre is an iconic landmark of the Weizmann Institute and of Israeli science. Marvelle’s commitment also extended to women’s health with the launch of the Marvelle Koffler Program for Breast Cancer Research on the Weizmann campus. After becoming aware of the need, she also founded the International Weizmann Women for Science program to champion women in the scientific world. With Marvelle setting the stage, her legacy continues through national Wonderful Women and Women In Science events. 

Marvelle’s passion, devotion, and grace was commendable and her ability to push the boundaries leaves a truly lasting legacy for the benefit of humanity. 

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