Obituaries

Waldo Proffitt, longtime Herald-Tribune editor, dies at 92

Waldo Proffitt – for many decades a Herald-Tribune editor, columnist, and gentle advocate for measured progress and environmental sustainability – died early Monday at the Pines of Sarasota nursing home at the age of 92.

In a newspaper career that spanned the Civil Rights era and Florida’s ongoing political struggle over population growth, he took on perpetrators of injustice and greed with arguments that were mild-mannered in tone but never unclear about where his sympathies lay. He wrote vigorously and effectively against what he saw as “bad business” practices – from pollution by the phosphate industry, to a 1974 move to place an oil refinery at Port Manatee, to a developer’s attempt to build condominiums at the south end of Lido Key, where Ted Sperling Park is today.

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