Palm Beach Atlantic University has honored many wonderful and special Women of Distinction through the years, but on March 15, 2012, Rose Sachs took a special place in that pantheon as she turned 100 years old.
"Rose Sachs exudes elegance and grace," PBA Interim President William M.B. Fleming, Jr. said. "Rose is a jewel of Palm Beach Atlantic University, and we celebrate her 100th birthday."
Born in Memphis, Tenn., the youngest of 10 children, Mrs. Sachs grew up on a farm where she learned the value of hard work. She and her late husband Mortimer Sachs married in 1935. They enjoyed 47 years together, first in New York City and later in Palm Beach, where they moved in the early 1940s.
In partnership with her husband, Mrs. Sachs played an integral role in building an outstanding Palm Beach real estate firm. Mr. and Mrs. Sachs were once the largest property owners on Worth Avenue in Palm Beach.
"In addition to being a Palm Beach icon, she is a champion of the free enterprise system," said President Fleming, who welcomed Mrs. Sachs and her extended family for a visit to PBA just one day prior to her 100th birthday.
Recognizing that God has entrusted her with the resources to make a difference in her world, Mrs. Sachs has given generously to many charitable organizations. Sachs Hall, Palm Beach Atlantic University's administrative complex at the corner of Flagler Drive and Okeechobee Boulevard, is named in honor of Rose and Mortimer Sachs.
In 1993, Mrs. Sachs became a PBA Women of Distinction honoree.
"I am convinced that almost anything can be accomplished if one does his or her very best and perseveres," said Mrs. Sachs.