"Some would say that the reaon I have gotten so involved with these public efforts...is now that I'm getting older, I'm looking for a straight shot into heaven...well, okay, as long as the Everglades are protected first."
Thom Rumberger, co-founder of the Rumberger Kirk & Caldwell law firm, where I worked for a dozen years, passed away last night.
Thom relished his stature as a green Republican in the great tradition of Teddy Roosevelt. The Everglades are cleaner and Florida has more manatees thanks to him. He made having an environmental conscience a requirement for elected officials of both parties. Thom's influence in Florida's environmental policies is immeasurable.
Admiration for Thom transcended political party lines: