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Tallahassee - Robert A. Harper, beloved husband, father, and grandfather, preeminent lawyer passed away on April 23, 2013. A courageous fighter in the courtroom, as well as in life. Robert was born on August 15, 1946 in Milton, Florida. Robert, a soft spoken southern gentleman, and will be forever remembered for his kindness, wit, and generosity. A brilliant lawyer, he was respected by judges, his peers and clients alike. After graduating from the University of Florida Levin College of Law, where he was recognized in Who's Who in Florida Blue Key, President of Alpha Tau Omega, founder of a law clerk program, and participated with Legal Aid and Defender Clinic, Robert became a Board Certified Appellate/Criminal Lawyer. His accomplishments in the legal field have been recognized by Who's Who in America (1997-present), " Florida's Top Lawyers", Florida's Legal Elite, and Florida Trend Magazine's "Super Lawyers." His public service included The Innocence Projects (Board of Directors), Judicial Nominating Commission, and the Guardian Ad Litem program. He served as a Founding Officer of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
He always said his children were his greatest blessing. Love and laughter prevailed in the Harper home. Robert was a dedicated Rosarian and served as the past President of the Tallahassee Rose Society. He also enjoyed hand-raising koi. He was a history buff and researched deeply the lives of the founding fathers of this country with whom he felt a kinship. Robert leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 35 years, Jill, and his three children, Robert Augustus Harper III (Adria), Myriah (John) and Alexandra (Christopher) and his grandchildren Greyson Lee, Robert Ethan, Camden Michael and Juliet Rose, who melted him when they called him "Grandbobby."
We would like to thank all of our friends who selflessly shared in our lives and our children's lives. Bob was preceded in death by his parents, Robert A. Harper, Sr., and Ida Frances Allen, and his sister, Betsy Harper. He is survived by his sister Nan Harper and numerous relatives.
Services will be held at First Presbyterian Church and followed by a grave-side service at Culley Memorial Garden. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Innocence Project of Florida (1100 Park Avenue East Tallahassee, Florida 32301) in Robert's name, which will support his belief that the judicial system must be challenged, or to the Tallahassee Rose Society (7020 Apalachee Parkway Tallahassee, Florida 32311).
Published in Gainesville Sun from Apr. 25 to Apr. 26, 2013