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Civic leader, university supporter

David Falk worked in his family's business, a department store on Franklin Street.

By MICHAEL CANNING, Times Staff Writer
© St. Petersburg Times
published April 26, 2002

The 1928 theater, directly across Kennedy Boulevard from the University of Tampa, is named for the only son of a Polish immigrant father.

David A. Falk was born in Tampa in 1896. He graduated from Hillsborough High School, attended Washington and Lee University, and served in World War I. When he returned to Tampa, he joined his father in the family business, O. Falk's Department Store, which was downtown on Franklin Street.

Falk also served at the executive level of various real estate, banking and industrial concerns in the area. Among his numerous civic posts, he was president of the Tampa Chamber of Commerce, a member of the state welfare board, director of the Tampa Housing Authority and Florida State Fair, and head of the Florida Merchants Association for nine years.

But it was service on UT's board of trustees from 1948 until his death in 1960 that earned him the commemoration of the David Falk Memorial Theater.

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