PENSACOLA, Fla. — Greek legend has it that the Argonauts went
on a perilous journey to find the fabled golden fleece of immense
wealth, according to Britannica.com.
In late January, the University of West Florida Argonauts received
some wealth of their own, and without a hazardous trek having to be
Attorney Fredric G. Levin of the law firm Levin Papantonio donated
$100,000 to the university’s year-old football program on Jan. 26,
according to a report
by the Pensacola News Journal.
It was not Levin’s first act of philanthropy.
Just before the dawning of the millennium, Levin founded the
Fredric G. Levin College of Law at the University of Florida by
contributing $10 million to its creation, the largest donation ever
to a public institution. Following that, Levin honored the memory of
his father with the creation of an endowed professorship at the
University of West Florida that is reportedly
now worth $400,000.
Levin is considered a nationally-renowned leading trial attorney,
the News Journal reported,
and has been recognized internationally for his humanitarian
counseling. Levin was instrumental in the rewriting of the state’s
Florida Medicaid Third Party Recovery Act, which opened the door for
the state to sue the tobacco industry over illnesses caused by the
Levin spoke to the Florida Record about the motivation
behind his generosity with UWF’s new football team.
“They’re just starting and I thought it would be a good
thing,” he said.
The philanthropist was effusive with praise for the Argonauts.
“They got a great coach (Pete Shinnick), he’s a fine human
being and I think it will work out. I think he’s having a good
recruitment situation right now,” Levin said.
Levin was asked if he would continue with the contributions.
“I don’t know at this point,” Levin said the prominent
attorney, but later on added, “I doubt if I will do anymore for the
Levin told the Florida Record that he had just
agreed, days prior, to donating $550,000 for the establishment of the
Reubin O'D. Askew Institute for Multi-Discipline Studies to be built
on UWF, in honor of the former
Florida governor and law-firm partner
On Jan. 6, Levin was diagnosed with stage-four cancer after he
suffered a seizure at his office, according to InWeekly.net.
A brain tumor was removed, and it was determined that it was the
result of lung cancer that had metastasized.
The ailment, however, has not slowed Levin down. When he spoke to
the Florida Record, he was on the way to his Miami
office to continue his work.
Along with Levin, Gooden Homes founder Darrell Gooden of Pensacola
has also donated $100,000 to the UWF program, according to a news
release by the school.