Published: September 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.
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.
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
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.