Paul Amir, a longtime friend and supporter of Rambam Health Care Campus, passed away on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. He was 89 years old.
Born in Slovakia, Paul Amir survived the Holocaust and immigrated to Palestine in 1946, landing in Haifa. With the outbreak of Israel’s War of Independence, he was part of a group primarily from the Haifa region, sent to settle Kibbutz Yechiam, located in the Galilee. Paul lived there until 1960, when he moved to the United States and became a real estate developer in California. There he married Herta, and together, they founded Amir Development Company, a real estate company. A passionate art enthusiast, Paul was active at various art museums in the Los Angeles area. Herta and Paul also established an international foundation that helps support educational and cultural institutions worldwide—including in Israel, and particularly in Haifa, which holds a special place in Paul’s heart.
Paul and Herta’s legacy can be found throughout Rambam in facilities such as the Herta and Paul Amir Pediatric Cardiology Institute, the Herta and Paul Amir Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit, and the Movement Disorders Institute.
In 2014, Rambam Health Care Campus was proud and honored to bestow the Rambam Award upon the Amirs, in recognition of their extraordinary contributions to the arts and education, and of their leadership in the Los Angeles Jewish community, and with gratitude for their support of Rambam.
Paul leaves his beloved wife Herta, their two married daughters, Orna and Michal, and six grandchildren.
Rest in peace, dear friend.
Paul Amir (1931-2020).