Former Florida State University president and politician Talbot “Sandy” D’Alemberte, widely regarded as one of Florida’s most prominent statesmen and a leader on issues from open government to higher education, died Monday afternoon. He was 85.
A lawyer and professor for much of his career, D’Alemberte’s influence on state politics was nothing short of titanic, from pushing the state Supreme Court to allow video cameras into the courtroom to guiding criminal justice reform policy as a state representative from Miami-Dade County. He went on to a broadly praised second act as a leader at Florida State University, amid which he also served as president of the American Bar Association.
I refused to name a source. He came to the rescue and forever championed press freedoms and free speech.
by Lucy Morgan, Tampa Bay Times