Ethics Award Honors Former Lawyer and Public Servant

Published: Sep 12, 2008
Frederick B. Karl, namesake of the Hillsborough County Government building, will receive the Tampa Bay Ethics Award at a breakfast and ceremony on Friday, Sept. 26, from 7:30-9 a.m. in the Vaughn Center Crescent Club on The University of Tampa campus. The Award is presented by UT’s Center for Ethics.

Karl has served the public for more than 50 years through his law career and in his public service. He has served in all three branches of the Florida government, and he was the first chairman of the City of Tampa Ethics Commission.

He attended the University of Florida before enlisting in the Army as a private in 1942. He served as a tank platoon leader in the European Theater of Operations for 19 months and was wounded at the Battle of the Bulge. He was awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star and a Purple Heart medal. Karl later received his law degree in 1949 from Stetson University College of Law.

A member of numerous corporate boards, Karl also was a member of the American Bar Association, The Florida Bar and the Hillsborough County Bar Association. He was a state senator for four years and a state representative for Volusia County for eight years. He served as the CEO of Tampa General Hospital for two years and was City Attorney of Tampa for one.

He is the author of My War, and most recently, The Power to Suspend: An Important Process for Fighting Corruption in Public Office.

Karl was elected to the Florida Supreme Court in 1976.

In their nomination for the ethics award, the City of Tampa Ethics Commission wrote: “It was a tenuous time for the court justices as many faced allegations of corruption, bribery and scandal. During a time when justices were facing disbarment and/or prison sentences, Fred Karl’s ethics were never questioned.”

The price to attend the Tampa Bay Ethics Awards is $25 per person or $150 per table of eight. For more information, contact Angie Ballard, UT’s coordinator of centers and institutes, at (813) 257-3782 or aballard@ut.edu.

This is the eighteenth annual Business Ethics Breakfast put on by the Center for Ethics at The University of Tampa. The Center for Ethics conducts many programs throughout the year that combine education and business services, and is supported by an advisory board of business and community leaders. Faculty and staff associated with the center conduct research that aids in ethics curriculum development and usable information for the professional community.