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Tamara Fox Meyerson

September 11, 1969May 22, 2015

Tamara Fox Meyerson, 45, passed away on Friday, May 22, in Miami. Tammy was a beloved wife, mother, daughter and sister who devoted herself to her family and her community.

She is survived by her loving husband, Joel Meyerson, her sons Jared and Dean, her daughter Amber, mother Sylvia Urlich, six brothers and sisters – Jeffery, Susan, Jonathan, Gregory, Kevin and Candace – loving in-laws, 27 nephews and nieces, and a host of life-long friends. She was predeceased by her father, Dr. M.S. Fox.

Tammy was happiest among her family and was immensely proud of her children: Jared, a freshman at the University of Miami, is a hard worker and excels in sports; Dean, a recent high school graduate headed to the University of Miami in the fall, is an accomplished artist and aspiring actor; and Amber, a student at Gulliver Prep, is an honor roll student and talented dancer. Tammy loved and mentored Jimmy Graham as a son. They were all always the number one priority in her life.

Born and raised in Miami, Tammy loved her city and South Florida. She grew up in a loving house and was proud of her brothers and sisters, all of whom became physicians. True to her independent spirit, she chose another path, the life of a businesswoman. And in her case, it was a very successful path.

After earning her undergraduate degree from the University of Miami, she rose rapidly in the business world. At the time of her passing, she served as President, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Preferred Medical Plan. Beyond her day-to-day duties providing health coverage to individuals and families across her beloved South Florida, she made time to give back. Her numerous and varied community roles included serving as a member of the Florida Health Insurance Advisory Board and as a member of the Advisory Board for the Florida International University’s College of Medicine.

Tammy was tireless in her efforts to help improve health care policy at the local, state and federal levels. She was a trusted advisor and confidante to many elected officials who valued her insights and opinions, and she was widely credited with a number of health care innovations. The South Florida Business Journal named Tammy a “Power Leader in Health Care: Key Players in a Rapidly Changing Industry” in both 2011 and 2012. She held several leadership roles at the Florida Association of Health Plans, including as its Chairperson, and the organization honored her with its Lifetime Contribution award in 2008.

Tammy was extremely generous and was always available to help others succeed in their careers. When asked, she offered her best advice. Most followed her guidance – and those who did not often told her later they wished they had. Her personal style was such that all who interacted with her came away respecting and loving her. She is consistently and constantly described by her friends and family as being their “rock.”

Devoted to her faith, Tammy especially loved teaching others about Jewish traditions and customs. Her love of travel found her visiting her favorite places regularly. Tammy hiked in Colorado, shopped in New York and relaxed in the Bahamas and Las Vegas. She also loved red wine, sushi and University of Miami athletics. She was also known for her incredible sense of style.

Above all else, Tammy was the best mother to her children, wife to her husband and a devoted friend to those who were fortunate enough to have been in her life. Her wisdom, tenderness and loyalty will be missed tremendously by her family, friends and everyone touched by her warmth.

The family is eternally grateful for the outpouring of love and support. Services will be held Tuesday, May 26, at 1 p.m. at Lakeside Memorial Park, 10301 NW 25th Street, Miami, FL 33172. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine at the University of Miami.

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    Tuesday, May 26, 2015

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Dorothy Miller

May 16, 2016

im writing on behalf of my mother who is filled with much grief at this time. My mother found out just some months ago that Dr. Fox had passed and today that Tammy had passed as well. Westchester was her home for 40 some odd years. Dorothy Miller and Family sends our heart felt condolences. We are praying for your comfort and peace at this time. With much love Dorothy Miller and family!

Just A Friend

February 2, 2016

Dear Fox & Meyerson Family: I'm ashamed that almost eight months later is when I'm writing this. Where was I last May that it was not until yesterday that this sad news came my way. I've been a non-profit professional for 30 years. Always in the major and mega gifts arena and always in Miami Last night by coincidence I was looking where the services for Kevin Smith are going to be held at, when I came across this. Eight months later I don't have enough words to express my most sincere condolences for the loss of such a beautiful soul. I have met many, many generous people in 30 years. People who give millions to see their names in lights and people who give because its just the right thing to do. That's the club Tammy & Joel belonged to....its the right thing to do club. That's is why I'm for certain that heaven was made a little better the day Tammy entered through heavens door. I had the privilege and honor for 12 years to visit with Tammy 2 or 3 times a year.I can close my eyes and see her and Joel enter the home of Jodi and Bob Dickinson for their first fundraising dinner. They were the guest of Shelly and Steve Brodie. I think it was 2000 or 2001. Since then and until 2013 year-after-year I came to visit. She always gave a little more than prior year. I would always try to convince her to be on this committee or that committee. Or have Joel and her at some type of cruise or Gala etc...Some years I'd win and some I didn't. I knew I had a good chance when she would pick up the phone and call Joel and say....Hi honey the ______ guy is here and he wants us to go on _______. Whatever the outcome was, there was never a visit where she wouldn't talk about her kids and all that they were doing to make her proud. She simply adored them as she did Joel. She would often invite me to here her speak somewhere that other affluent individuals would be at so that I could expand my network and to try to figure out what side of the fence I played in. I was always amazed how when Tammy would walk in a room it was as if she was 8 feet tall. How liked and respected she was and will always be in the health care industry. Though she graced this earth for only 45 years. It was a heck of a meaningful 45 years. Some people live to be 100 and they leave as if they never entered. Not the case with Tammy Fox Meyerson. To know her was to never forget her. I can just imagine what it must feel like to have been able to call her mother, wife, sister, daughter. I'm thankful, humbled and grateful for the honor of calling her friend. I know that Joel and the kids will always and forever keep her name and her honor 8 ft tall. She was grand, she was beautiful and she was real. Regardless of wealth, position or stature. She was real and would kid with me and say....I put my shoes on the same way everyone else does. Its not my fault that they happen to be Pradas. I don't know if anyone will read this. That's besides the point. I just had to write it. Thank you Tammy where ever you are for always putting a smile on my face and for being so cool when you finally figured out what side of the fence I reside in. Rest in eternal peace beautiful soul!!!

September 29, 2015

We just heard and are all so sadden by your loss , Thinking of you, George Fersko and family (Nina & Lonnie, Susie & Ronnie , & Howie

July 30, 2015

My sincere condolences for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. M.Fernandez Farinas

Faye

July 9, 2015

I am so sorry for your loss. Losing a loved one is never easy. May you find comfort in God's promise that we can see our loved ones again. John 6:40 & 1Thessalonians 4:13.

July 9, 2015

Please accept my condolences. I am so sorry to hear of Tamara's passing. May the Fox and Meyerson Families find comfort in knowing that time and unexpected events overtake us all (Ecclesiastes 9:11), but we can draw close to God (Psalms 83:18) during our time of need and he will be there for us.

~Lisa McKnight, Jacksonville, Florida

Fely( Beth David School)

July 8, 2015

I was so sad and shock to hear about her passing. Tammy was a devoted mother to her children always at school attending to her children's functions. She was always helping, I personally was so thankful to her when without question she helped me with medical issue that needed prompt attention. Tammy, you will be missed!

July 4, 2015

Please accept my heartlfelt condolences to the family, words cannot begin to express the sadness you are feeling right now; but I am praying God will grant you the strength needed to get through this moment in your life. Throw your distress on Him because he cares for you (1 Peter 5: 6, 7).

July 3, 2015

Happy are those who mourn, since they will be comforted. Matt 5:4. May God comfort you during this most difficult time.

June 30, 2015

Draw close to God. Psalms 8 3: 1 8

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