In Memoriam of Tina Pepper, Director, Claude Pepper Foundation

Signed picture of Claude Pepper posing with Governor Bob Graham and family members

Tina Pepper with Claude and Gov. Bob Graham.

Tina Pepper passed away on September 30, 2016 following her 95th birthday.  Tina served as a Director of the Pepper Foundation for fifteen years beginning in 2001 following the death and board service of her husband, Frank Pepper, brother of Senator Claude Pepper.  Tina was born in Tampa, Florida to Raymond Toledo and Aurora Garcia who immigrated from Spain in the early 1900’s.  She attended school in Tampa and was valedictorian of her senior class.  In 1943, she moved to Miami, Florida to work in Passenger Services for Pan Am Airlines. On her first day at work at the Miami Airport she met Frank Pepper and they married three months later on Christmas Eve.  Frank and Tina were married for fifty-seven years and had two sons, Denson and Joe. Over forty years Tina worked for The Florida Lime Rock Institute, the Florida Road Builders Association, the Florida Department of Transportation, and the Florida Legislature.  Tina was a great admirer of Claude Pepper.  She traveled throughout Europe, the Mediterranean, and Africa with him on humanitarian trips, which developed her conviction to serve others.  Frank and Tina Pepper were both devoted to their board service and to the Claude Pepper Foundation and were a valuable part of the legacy of Claude Pepper that remained with us. 


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