Walter Etling

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    - Jen Cassisi

Walter B. Etling, Jr. 88, passed away on Friday, April 25, 2014 in Gainesville, FL. Walter was born in Newark, NJ to Walter Sr. and Elsie Etling in 1926. A long-time Miami real estate broker and true "renaissance man," he left behind a rich legacy. As President of the Walter Etling Company he secured the old Miami News Tower as the central Cuban refugee center, named it the "Freedom Tower" and managed it for many years. A Trustee of the University, member of Iron Arrow and President of the UM Alumni Association (Alumnus of the Year in 1971), Athletic Federation and Sports Hall of Fame, he was instrumental in developing the "U" logo for the school. He served two terms as foreman of the Dade County Grand Jury and helped raise funds for a numerous. He was a longtime Director of the Key Biscayne Bank and a member of the Orange Bowl Committee, Miami Club (President) and Riviera Country Club, where he loved to play golf. A painter, musician and former drum major of the UM Band of the Hour, he was active in many cultural organizations and served as president or chairman of the Miami Museum of Science, Chopin Society and Napoleonic Society of America Foundation. Walter was predeceased by a sister Carol Thompson. He is survived by his daughter Tina Banner (Michael), son Russell, former wife Ann, granddaughter Jennifer Cassisi (Chris), 2 great-grandchildren Reese and Rex Cassisi, brother-in-law Art Thompson, and nephews and niece Scott Thompson (Daryl), Mark Thompson, Curt Thompson (Heather) and Heidi Nosich (Jim). There will be no services but the family ask that contributions be made in his memory to Haven Hospice, 4200 NW 90th Blvd., Gainesville, FL 32606

Published in Miami Herald on Apr. 29, 2014
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