Former President Floyd dies at 89

first_imgFormer President Floyd dies at 89 Robert L. Floyd, who served as president of The Florida Bar in 1978-79, passed away May 14 at the age of 89.A South Florida resident since 1925, his life’s work included stints as a legislator, FBI agent, circuit judge, sheriff, mayor, and lawyer.When Floyd took office as president of the Bar in 1978, his longtime friend and partner, Ray Pearson, described him this way: “Bob Floyd is the type of law partner you dream about. He is an aggressive hard-hitting advocate in court, a warm compassionate friend, and family man. The rest of us may have low spirits over a weighty problem or setback, but Bob has the talent of lifiting us up and making us see the bright side.”Of lawyers, Floyd once wrote in the Journal, “[I]t is not required that we be loved but that we be entitiled to respect for the significant examples of moral, ethical, and legal worth revealed in and by our labors.”After serving as Dade County circuit judge from 1954 – 1962, Floyd re-entered law practice in 1963 with the firm of Frates Fay & Floyd, now Richman Greer Weil Brumbaugh Mirabito & Christensen, P.A.Floyd previously served with the FBI until entering private practice in Miami in 1945. Two years later, at the age of 29, he became the youngest mayor of the City of Miami.Floyd was elected twice to the Florida Legislature, serving in the 1951 and 1953 sessions. He received the Allen Morris award as the outstanding first-term representative in 1951. He was elected a circuit judge in 1954, re-elected in 1960, and was chair-elect of the Florida Circuit Judges Conference in 1962.After returning to private practice, he served as city attorney for North Miami from 1963 to 1965. He is past president of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI and a former member of the Bar’s Board of Governors.He was a member of the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association, 1974 – 1976 and 1979 – 1984. Additionally, he served as interim sheriff of Dade County, and chaired the special Joint House/Senate Lay Committee on Legislative Ethics in 1966.Floyd attended the University of Florida and received his law degree from American University’s Washington College of Law, Washington, D.C., in 1941. Floyd also was an Eagle Scout and limited partner of the Miami Dolphins.Floyd married Rose Marie Norcross of Miami in 1946. Mrs. Floyd passed away in 1985. He is survived by his son Brig. Gen. Robert L. Floyd II (U.S. Army, Ret.) and wife Beverly of Manassas, VA, son Edward R. Floyd and wife Donna Allison of South Miami, daughter Rosemarie Floyd and husband Capt. Patrick J. Nemeth (USCG) of Crofton, MD, and son James N. Floyd and wife Robin of Tallahassee; and seven grandchildren.In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the First United Methodist Church of South Miami. Former President Floyd dies at 89center_img June 1, 2007 Regular Newslast_img