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John Germany, one of USF's 'Founding Fathers,' dies at 92

John Germany played a pivotal role in the founding of the University of South Florida in 1956, and will be remembered as one of Tampa’s most influential visionaries.


USF System President Judy Genshaft describes John Germany's long-time commitment and dedication to the development of the University of South Florida:

“John Germany played a pivotal role in the founding of the University of South Florida in 1956, and will be remembered as one of Tampa’s most influential visionaries. As one of USF’s three ‘Founding Fathers’ – with Sam Gibbons and LeRoy Collins – their mission was to create a great urban university that would educate hard-working students with ambitions for a better life, and we are very proud that in many visits to campus over the years Mr. Germany could see that goal realized. Mr. Germany’s dedication to learning; his devotion to community and family; and his guiding values of equality and justice are a legacy that will live on in this great institution. We are forever grateful."

Learn more about John Germany and his contributions to the USF community in this biography from when he was awarded the President's Fellow Medallion in 2012.

Read more about John Germany's connection to the Tampa Bay region here.


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