In Memoriam

Engineering Professor Emeritus Moiez Ahmedali Tapia Remembered as ‘Champion of Religious Tolerance’


Moiez Ahmedali Tapia

Moiez Ahmedali Tapia, professor emeritus in the College of Engineering’s Electrical and Computer Engineering Department who chaired UM’s Islamic Center for many years, passed away September 3.

“Dr. Tapia was a lifelong champion of religious tolerance and understanding in the community, devoting countless hours promoting interfaith peacemaking efforts,” Shihab Asfour, professor and chair of Industrial Engineering, recalled fondly. “His students and his family were his consuming passion, always caring and compassionate for all he encountered.”

A member of the Electrical and Computer Engineering Department for 35 years, Tapia joined the faculty in 1967 and served as associate department chair in 1987. He was a three-time recipient of the college’s Alexander J. Orr Excellence in Teaching Award.

Born in Surat, India, he received his B.E. from the University of Poona in 1960, his MS.E.E. from the University of Illinois in 1962, and his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame in 1966. His first academic appointment was as an assistant professor the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he taught from 1966-67 and again from 1968-72.

The author of six books and more than  75 refereed professional journal articles and presentations, Tapia concentrated his research on multivalued calculus and accuracy of computation and data mining.

In addition to UM’s Islamic Center, Tapia served as chairman of the Universal Heritage Institute and was a member of the board of directors of the Urban League of Greater Miami and of the Jewish Arab Dialogue Association (JADA). He is survived by his wife, Farzana, and numerous family members, including several nieces and nephews. His burial service was conducted the day after his passing at the Muslim Cemetery in Hialeah Gardens.




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Community Leader Stanley Arkin Passes Away

Stanley Arkin

Stanley Arkin

UM News

CORAL GABLES. Fla. (August 27, 2025)—Stanley Arkin, a lifelong Hurricane, civic leader, and volunteer who chaired the board of governors at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute’s Anne Bates Leach Eye Hospital (ABLEH), passed away August 22, leaving an enduring mark on the institutions and community he loved. He was 82.

A 1953 graduate of the University of Miami, Arkin was a life member of the University of Miami’s Board of Trustees. As chairman of ABLEH’s board of governors from 1995 to earlier this year, he oversaw initiatives that resulted in the expansion of the hospital’s surgical suites and the renovation of its patient care areas, lobby, and waiting rooms.

“Stanley will never be forgotten at Bascom Palmer,” said Eduardo Alfonso, chairman of Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. “He provided guidance and wisdom to all of us who had the good fortune to work with him.  First as a volunteer, and then as chairman of the board of governors, he dedicated his heart, time, and energy to the institute that he loved.”

As president of Arkin Construction, Arkin built many projects in South Florida, including parts of Mount Sinai Medical Center, the Miami Beach Hilton, and the Miami Beach Jewish Community Center. After his retirement, he formed Arkin Consulting and worked on such projects as the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts, Braman Management, and Jungle Island. He also served on the Miami Beach City Commission from 1984 to 1991.

“Stanley Arkin was just a wonderful human being with a passion for Bascom Palmer and a life member of the Board of Trustees,” former UM President Donna E. Shalala told The Miami Herald. “He was always the first to volunteer.”

Arkin was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Jill, who often accompanied him to Bascom Palmer and was known for her grace and elegance. He is survived by their three sons, Bradley, Robert and Gregory; three grandchildren; and his brother Jules.

Donations in Arkin’s memory may be sent to Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, to the attention of the Development Department, 900 NW 17th Street, Miami, FL 33136.





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Family, Friends, and ‘Canes Celebrate the Life of Former First Lady ‘Bosey’ Foote

By Robert C. Jones Jr.
UM News

Bosey Foote Celebration of Life

At last Friday’s memorial service, members of the Foote family perform a musical tribute to Roberta “Bosey” Foote.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. (May 29, 2015) – When Roberta “Bosey” Fulbright Foote arrived at the University of Miami in 1981 with her husband, the school’s newly appointed president, Edward “Tad” Foote II, she knew instantly that something needed to be done to beautify the school’s Coral Gables campus.

Back then, Memorial Drive was what UM Board of Trustees member Charles E. “Chuck” Cobb described as a “sea of asphalt,” an expansive area for faculty parking that Bosey Foote wanted to replace with green space. But doing so wouldn’t be easy. Her husband knew that eliminating those parking spaces would quite probably upset some of the faculty. Yet Mrs. Foote persisted, and the asphalt eventually met its end, giving way to the lush plant life that was part of a campus beautification program spearheaded by the University’s first lady.

Last Friday, with the Coral Gables campus in full bloom, family, friends, and members of the University community paid tribute to the woman who made it her mission to turn the school’s grounds into a “campus in a tropical garden.”

“She wasn’t a horticulturalist, but she had an innate ability to know what worked and looked right,” Thaddeus Foote said at the Celebration of Life for his mother, who died of complications from cancer on May 5 at the age of 76. “Thirty-five years later, this campus sings with beauty.”

More than 150 people, including President Emeritus Foote, attended the memorial service, gathering under a tent on what is now fittingly called the Foote University Green to listen to and share stories about the Arkansas-born mother, grandmother, and wife who always believed in making spaces beautiful.

Noting that she volunteered at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, Thaddeus Foote, who took a teaching job at the Coral Gables-based garden, described his mother as “elegant, even while sweating with pruning shears on the side of Old Cutler Road. I can’t tell you how grateful a son I am,” he said, holding back tears. He held up a mango, noting that it was one of his mother’s favorite fruits, and he encouraged everyone to take with them one of the Captiva Island seashells from her collection, which was displayed on a table at the memorial service.

Another son, William Foote, said his mother was “altruistic” and “cared deeply about making the world a better place.” She supported efforts such the Miami Coalition for a Safe and Drug-Free Community, which her husband founded in 1988, and long ago, she became a volunteer for the Frontier Nursing Service, helping to deliver health care to residents in rural communities in the Appalachian Mountains.

It should have come as no surprise that she wanted to help others, William Foote noted. Born Roberta Waugh Fulbright, she was the daughter of the late U.S. Senator J. William Fulbright, the prominent American statesman who initiated the international exchange program for scholars known as the Fulbright scholarship.

Music performed by the two sons and other Foote family members moved many of those in attendance, including Lynden B. Miller, who first met Bosey Foote 67 years ago when the two girls were in the fifth grade in Washington, D.C. Miller called her longtime friend “the sister of my heart.”

“We shared everything,” even the belief in using plants to improve public spaces, said Miller. “We talked on the telephone for hours…We were in each others weddings…We finished each others sentences,” she recalled. In the early 1970s, when Bosey Foote moved to St. Louis, where her husband became dean of the law school at Washington University, the two friends didn’t see much of each other. “But there was always the telephone,” said Miller. “I only wish there was a phone I could call her on now.”




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Feminist Scholar and Liberal Arts Champion Passes Away

Shari (Benstock) Gabrielson Goodmann copy

Shari Gabrielson Goodmann. Photo by Fritz Senn.

Shari Gabrielson Goodmann, a longtime University of Miami faculty member and champion of liberal arts who was widely known for her feminist scholarship and literary biography as Shari Benstock, passed away on May 26 from complications related to early-onset dementia. She was 70.

A faculty member at the University of Miami from 1986 to 2006, Gabrielson Goodmann founded the program in Women’s and Gender Studies and served as chair of the English Department and associate dean for faculty affairs in the College of Arts and Sciences. Read the full story

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Bosey Foote, UM’s Former First Lady, Passes Away

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Bosey and Tad Foote

Bosey Foote stands with her husband, Tad Foote, at the January 2010 ceremony where the University Green was renamed in President Foote’s honor.

In his inaugural address as president of the University of Miami, Edward “Tad” Foote II noted that he wanted to raise the profile of the University, both academically and aesthetically. And during his two decades in office, he often credited his wife, Bosey Foote, with helping in those accomplishments.

“Bosey’s contribution to the University has been tremendous,” Foote once said. “The most obvious example is the campus environment, but no one will ever truly know how important she has been to the University of Miami, except me. We’ve done this together.” Read the full story

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