Hundreds show for funeral of former Florida State president

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Hundreds of people from state and local politics, higher education and the business community have gathered to pay their final respects to former Florida State president and former Florida House speaker T.K. Wetherell.

The Tallahassee Democrat reports that services were held Friday at a Tallahassee concert hall. The 72-year-old died last weekend following a 16-year battle with cancer.

Current FSU President John Thrasher spoke of his predecessor as a man of true courage and tenacity, who was a driving force in advancing higher education in Florida.

Wetherell was the first Florida State graduate to serve as the university’s president. He attended Florida State on a football scholarship and earned bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees from the school.

Before getting hired by Florida State, Wetherell served as president of Tallahassee Community College.

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