L.A. Technion Society leaders honored by university

Two Los Angeles-area American Technion Society (ATS) leaders received honors from the Technion — Israel Institute of Technology during the university’s International Board of Governors meeting, held June 10-13 in Haifa.

Joan Seidel, who chairs the ATS Board of Directors, was awarded an honorary doctorate, and Ruth Flinkman-Marandy, a national ATS board member, received an honorary fellowship.

Seidel, who served as treasurer of the City of Beverly Hills from 1990 to 2001, previously received an honorary fellowship from Technion. She also serves on the Technion International Board of Governors, the ATS Western Region’s President’s Advisory Council and the Board of Governors for Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

“The dream of combining my passion for education and Israel is being realized today,” Seidel said at the meeting. “Giving back to Israel, the Technion and the ATS provides purpose and brings us great satisfaction.”

Flinkman-Marandy, president of the property management firm Flinkman Management Inc., has served on the ATS board and is an avid supporter of Technion’s Ruth and Stan Flinkman Genetic Networks lab in the Polak Cancer and Vascular Biology Research Center. She is also active in Hadassah, American Friends of Hebrew University and Ben-Gurion University.

Technion President Peretz Lavie acknowledged Flinkman-Marandy’s contributions to the university and praised her “understanding of the Technion’s vital role in Israel’s future.”

Both women were honored along with 14 other honorary doctorate and fellowship recipients at the Board of Governors meeting.