HARVEY, Frank, of Tampa, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 30th, 2012. He was 81. Born in Knoxville, Tennessee, Mr. Harvey was always the perfect gentleman and brought his own special blend of southern charm to everything he did. He lived in Columbus, OH and Nashville, TN before finding his beloved Tampa "home" in 1976. A graduate of Vanderbilt University, Mr. Harvey served in the U.S. Marine Corp, earning numerous commendations during his service in the Korean War. Mr. Harvey began his illustrious career in retail as a Christmas extra at the Nashville department store Cain-Sloan, where he quickly climbed the ranks to become President of the store. His distinguished career in retail spanned over 30 years and culminated with his roles as Vice President of Allied Corporation and President of Maas Brothers before his retirement in 1987. While he was widely recognized as a respected and charismatic retail leader, he was also a member of countless boards and committees. Education played a significant role in Mr. Harvey's work within the community as he felt it could change people's lives. Notably, he created scholarships at the University of South Florida for Maas Brothers employees and their children, which still continues today and is now open to any qualified students in the community. He also endowed the Frank Harvey Professor of Marketing at the USF School of Business and The Harvey Chair of Education at the University of Tennessee. Frank Harvey is survived by his wife Leslie Harvey, his son Whit Harvey and wife Mary Heather Harvey, his granddaughters Mary Preston and Layne Hampton Harvey, and his daughter Toby Fleischman. The family will honor Mr. Harvey's wish to celebrate his life privately. No public services are planned. Donations can be made in his name to the
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Published in TBO.com on July 5, 2012