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Publisher Lynda Keever named to Hall of Fame


Revised November 29, 2001

© St. Petersburg Times,
published November 28, 2001

TALLAHASSEE -- Lynda Keever, publisher of Florida Trend magazine, was named Tuesday to the Florida Women's Hall of Fame.

Gov. Jeb Bush described Keever as a woman "who has done extraordinary things" during a lifetime filled with support for education and economic development.

Keever, 54, is a fifth-generation Floridian and the only woman to serve as publisher for the magazine during its 43-year history. She also serves as a board member of Enterprise Florida, the Florida Chamber of Commerce, the Collins Center for Public Policy, the Florida Council on Economic Education and the Florida Education Foundation.

"If something is related to economic development and education in Florida, there is a pretty good chance that Lynda Keever will be involved," Bush said.

Bush also praised the work of two other Floridians who were added to the Hall of Fame, which has a place of honor near the Capitol Rotunda.

Jesse Ball DuPont, wife and adviser to Alfred I. DuPont, used her personal wealth to endow scholarships, social service projects and the arts in Florida. She died in 1970, leaving behind a foundation that continues to provide money for many projects in Florida.

Leonore Carrero Nesbitt was the first woman appointed to serve as a federal judge in Florida. She was appointed to the federal court in 1983 by President Ronald Reagan and served until her death in October. She presided over the trial of five white police officers charged in the beating death of Arthur McDuffie, a black insurance salesman killed in Miami.

Her daughter, Sarah Artecona, said Nesbitt wanted to be remembered as "a good mother, wife and judge."

Bush said he believes people who are filled with "enlightened self-interest" surround themselves with bright women because they have "incredible judgment, good common sense" and have become masters of "multitasking" during lives that frequently include work, as well as child rearing "in ways that defy the imaginations of the weaker sex."

Others previously named to the Hall of Fame include former U.S. Attorney Janet Reno, tennis player Chris Evert, former state Sen. Helen Gordon Davis, former Education Commissioner Betty Castor and writer Zora Neale Hurston.

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