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GARDEN 458

Thomas Farrar Fleming, Jr., Community Leader

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Thomas Farrar Fleming, Jr., Community Leader

(1916–1976)

Fleming moved to Boca Raton in 1938 to manage Butts Farms. After holding several civil positions, Fleming founded what would later become First Bank and Trust Company and secured a portion of the bank’s profits to support higher education in Florida. He was responsible for making Florida Atlantic University a reality.


Florida Atlantic University Community Park 

NW 6th Ave 9451 

Boca Raton, FL 


Harriet Mary Bedell by Anabel Alfonso

 Thomas Farrar Fleming, Jr., Community Leader, State Archives of Florida, Florida Memory, http://floridamemory.com/items/show/146474  

 

Dedication of garden to honoree by Alexandra Castillo


This Garden is dedicated to Thomas F. Fleming, Jr. To all his hard work for the city of Boca Raton, we dedicate this butterfly weed flower; a flower grown in the area of South Florida. Thomas Farrar Fleming, Jr. was born in Sparta, Georgia in 1916. Later in his life he came to Florida and graduated in 1938 from the University of Florida. After his education career finished in Florida he later went on to received his Masters degree from Harvard Business School. After he completed his education he moved back to Florida (Boca Raton specifically) in 1940. Fleming was founder and president of First Bank and Trust, that is now named NationsBank, has become Boca Raton's first permanent bank. Under his management, the bank pledged one percent of its profits, to better education in Florida. He campaigned throughout the state for a constitutional amendment allowing a $75 million bond issue to improve higher education. He also campaigned for a state university in Boca Raton. When he finally received what he campaigned sp hard for, the amendment passed in November 1963. Fleming was formally recognized by President John F. Kennedy, and devoted one of his last speeches to praising Fleming's work to the community. Florida Atlantic University opened in 1964. The Thomas F. Fleming, Jr. Memorial Scholarship was established by Florida Atlantic's Board of Directors, and The College of Business building, Fleming Hall, is named in his honor. Thomas Fleming will always be remembered as a great Floridian, also very important among the community in Boca Raton. He may have been born in Georgia but he will always be Florida at heart.  

 

Quilt by Caroline Werner and Natalia Fernandez

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Planting of Garden by Glades Middle School Students

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