Mrs. Florette Guggenheim, widow of Benjamin Guggenheim, who perished on the Titanic, died yesterday in her apartment in the Hotel Plaza, after a brief illness, at the age of 66. Her husband, the fifth of the seven sons of Meyer Guggenheim, founder of the family in the United States, was credited with interesting his father and brothers in the smelting industry, in which they have played a leading part in this country.
Mrs. Guggenheim was a daughter of the late James Seligman, New York banker, founder of J. and W. Seligman. Two daughters, Hazel King-Farlow and Marguerite Guggenheim of London, survive. The funeral service will be held in Temple Emanu-El, Sixty-fifth Street and Fifth Avenue, at 10 A. M. tomorrow.
A cabin steward on the Titanic, who had cared for Mr. Guggenheim on the fatal voyage, later brought to his widow this farewell message: "If anything should happen to me tell my wife in New York that I've done my best to do my duty."
Mrs. Guggenheim, a graduate of Hunter College, was honorary president and a founder of Camp Emanu-El at Long Branch, N. J., a trustee of the Emanu-El Sisterhood of Personal Service and a director of the Brightside Day Nursery.