NATHAN M. BISK, 76, of Tampa, died March 6. Born in Newark, NJ, his family later moved to Maplewood, NJ. He earned a bachelor of arts in accounting from Franklin and Marshall College and later joined the National Guard. He served on the auditing staff of Ernst and Young, S.D. Leidersdorf & Co. and Arthur Anderson, from 1962-1966. Additionally, from 1966-1971, he worked for Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, where he served in sales as well as a merger and acquisition specialist. After graduating from the firm’s two-year Executive Management program, he began law school at the University of Florida, where he received his Juris Doctorate in 1973. While attending law school, he took and passed the CPA exam. Finding access to good test prep materials difficult, he founded Bisk Education in 1971 to help students prepare for the exam and pioneered distance education. In 1987 he moved the company’s headquarters to Tampa and in 1996 he expanded and partnered with Regis University to launch one of the first fully online MBA programs in the country. With over 750 employees, Bisk has facilitated more than one million enrollments for university partners including Villanova, Notre Dame and Michigan State. He was a member of the Florida Institute of CPAs, AICPA, American Association of Attorney-CPAs, Florida Bar and American Bar Association. He served on the Board of Governors of the Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad Law School and the Board of Trustees at the Florida Institute of Technology (Florida Tech). He also served on the Board of Overseers at the Nathan M. Bisk College of Business at Florida Tech, which was named in his honor in 2009. An active member of Congregation Rodeph Sholom, he was involved in numerous charitable organizations. Survivors include his son and daughter-in-law, Michael and Catherine Bisk; daughter and son-in-law, Alison and Brian Turkel; sister and brother-in-law, Irene and Marshall Weinerman; and two grandchildren. The family suggests memorials be made to Goodwill Industries, The Salvation Army, or Tampa Jewish Family Services. (Segal Funeral Home, Beth David Chapel)
SANFORD IRA COPPERSMITH, 82, of Tampa, died March 5. A successful life-long salesman, in his early consulting career in New York, he was a pioneer in the leasing business. He used that expertise in helping Florida’s Barnett Bank establish its Leasing Corporation. He was also Vice President of Sales for Friendly Computer Services for over 13 years and he and his wife ran a well-known travel agency, Travels Unlimited, for over 18 years in South Tampa. He worked at Exchange Bank and Barnett as a senior officer for many years in both Tampa and Miami. Survivors include his wife of 36 years, Binnie; his children; Randall Scott and Elizabeth May Coppersmith, of Middleburg, VA; Robin Ann and C. Alan Miller, of Scottsdale, AZ; Henry Newman and his wife Lisa Belvito, of St. Paul, MN; and Max Mitchell and Carolina Newman, of Tampa; brother, Noel Coppersmith, of New York; and nine grandchildren. The family suggests memorials be made to the Hollymar Foundation of Middleburg. (Segal Funeral Home, Beth David Chapel)
MYER (MICKEY) FRANK, 91, of Tampa, died March 7. He was born in Burlington, VT, and was a United States Army veteran of World War II. He graduated from the University of Vermont and moved to Tampa in 1949. Survivors include his wife of 67 years, Patti; daughter, Allison, of Asheville, NC; son and daughter-in-law, Joe and Jill Frank; and three grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to Suncoast Hospice. (Segal Funeral Home, Beth David Chapel)
TREZA J. MILLER, 69, of Tampa, died Feb. 25. She was a member of Congregation Kol Ami and a volunteer and member of its Sisterhood. She was a recipient of the Sisterhood’s Torah Fund Award and life member of Hadassah Ameet Chapter and Keepers of the Gate. Survivors include her husband of 46 years, Ira; daughters and sons-in-law, Jessica and Christopher Berger, of Thornwood, NJ, and Deborah and Daniel Switzen, of Pleasantville, NY; and three grandchildren. The family suggests memorials to Congregation Kol Ami. (Segal Funeral Home, Beth David Chapel)
SAMARA L. ROUTENBERG, 39, of Brandon, formerly of Sunrise, died Feb. 24. Born in Harvey, IL, she graduated Magna Cum Laude from Nova University with a master’s degree. She was a math teacher and quickly grew her career through coaching math and working for Florida Department of Education for several years, and most recently serving as an Assistant Principal at Lake Gibson Middle School. Survivors include her parents, David and Kerri Routenberg; sister and brother-in-law, Jennifer and Nicholas; and two nephews. The family suggests memorials be made to the Broward Education Foundation. (www.browardedfoundation.org) (Segal Funeral home, Beth David Chapel)
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