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Mrs. Janice Kaminis Platt

September 27, 1936November 3, 2017
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Jan Kaminis Platt passed away on November 3, 2017 at the age of 81. Preceded in death by her parents, Adele and Peter Kaminis, and her sister Bobbie Lou Kaminis, she is survived by her husband of 55 years, William R. “Bill” Platt, their son Kevin Platt, his wife, Michele, and their daughter Emma. Jan was born in St. Petersburg Florida, September 27, 1936 but lived most of her life in Tampa. After graduating from Hillsborough High School in 1954, Jan attended Florida State University where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa. She was also chosen for Mortar Board and Garnet Key, was President of the Student Senate, Vice President of the student body and selected as the “Most Outstanding Senior Woman” in the class of 1958. She attended the University of Florida Law School for one year where she was the only female student, before returning to Tampa where she taught American history at both Hillsborough and Plant High Schools. After her younger sister, died at age 31, Jan was moved to reevaluate her life goals which resulted in her decision to run for public office. In 1974, Jan was elected to the Tampa City Council where she served for four years and then to the Hillsborough County Commission where she served for 24 years. Jan’s accomplishments and public service, however, went far beyond her elected offices. She served on numerous community boards including the Environmental Protection Commission, the Hospital and Welfare Board, the Hillsborough County Hospital Authority, the Sports Authority, the Arts Council, the Performing Arts Center Board, the Florida Aquarium and the Florida Council on Aging. Her community service and philanthropy were as extensive and varied as her public service. Early in her career she served as President of the Suncoast Girl Scout Council and remained active with the Girl Scouts throughout her life. She founded and served as president of the Hillsborough County Head Start Community Foundation. She helped found the “Ybor City Farmer’s Market.” She was an avid supporter of the libraries until her death and was an active member of the Friends of the Library. In 2000 the “Jan Kaminis Platt Regional Library,” was named in her honor. In 2016, Jan endowed a scholarship at the Florida State University School of Music in honor of her sister Bobbie Lou. Jan was an active member of the League of Women Voters (and the recipient of the League’s 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award), a member of the Athena Society, Tampa Yacht & Country Club (where she sailed for many years with the Mainsheet Mamas.) and the Tampa Bay Phi Beta Kappa Alumni Association. Jan was also the recipient of numerous awards including the Hillsborough County Bar Association’s Liberty Bell Award, the Hillsborough County’s Women’s Hall of Fame, and the University of South Florida’s Women in Leadership and Philanthropy Lifetime Achievement Award. Above and beyond all else she did, however, Jan’s greatest passion was for the environment. She loved the water and would choose to be out in the bay fishing over anything else in the world. She enjoyed sharing her passion with her family and friends, but most especially with her granddaughter, Emma. Much of her community service reflected that love. She was instrumental in the creation of the Agency on Bay Management, the Tampa Bay Estuary Program and the Environmental Lands Acquisition and Protection Program (now known as the Jan K Platt ELAP Program in recognition of her commitment). She chaired the Environmental Protection Commission numerous times, and was an active member of the Sierra Club, the Florida Wildlife Federation and the Audubon Society. Jan leaves a legacy of a lifetime of love and service to her community. Hillsborough County and all its citizens will forever be better off for her dedication to good government, to preservation of the environment and to a strong library system. Funeral services will be held at St John’s Episcopal Church, 906 S. Orleans Ave., Friday, November 10th at 1:00 pm. Visitation will be at the Blount & Curry Funeral Home. 605 S. MacDill Ave., Thursday evening, November 9th from 5:00 to 7:00. In lieu of flowers, please remember Jan with a memorial contribution to the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida (www.gswcf.org), Coastal Conservation Association of Florida (www.ccaflorida.org), or Friends of the Library of Tampa-Hillsborough County (www.hcplc.org or c/o the Jan Kaminis Platt Library, 3910 S. Manhattan, Tampa, 33611).

Services

  • Visitation

    Thursday, November 9, 2017

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, November 10, 2017

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Ben Wacksman

November 26, 2017

The heavens have gained an Angel. Jan led by example. She was uncompromising in her defense of our environment and a wonderful friend and colleague. She brought honor to public service. Our family''s deepest sympathies extend to the Platt and Kaminis families.

Jane Hamblin, writing from the Mortar Board National Office

November 14, 2017

Mortar Board was proud to claim Jan as a member. Please accept our deep sympathy and know of our most sincere regard for the way that she lived Mortar Board's Ideals of scholarship, leadership and service.

November 12, 2017

Bill

We were so sorry to hear of Jan's passing and will remember you both in our prayers. Mack and Susan Hicks (Saint Petersburg, FL)

JOE CHILLURA

November 10, 2017

SUNSHINE ON HER SHOULDERS ALWAYS MADE HER HAPPY.
BILL, KEVIN AND FAMILY, MAY GOD COMFORT YOU DURING THIS SAD TIME.
JOE, MARY HELEN AND OUR FAMILY.

Harry McCoy

November 10, 2017

Sorry for your loss and Praying for the Family and Friends of Commissioner Jan Platt. Harry & Chinita McCoyAmen.

Peter and Ann Dawson

November 9, 2017

Ann and I have long valued our friendship with you both. We greatly admired Jan's spunk and integrity. Ann is ever grateful for her support on children's issues We know you both enjoyed the Florida outdoors and that you, Bill will miss her so much. Jan left an indelible mark on this community. She will be sorely missed. You are both in our prayers. Fondly, Ann and Peter Dawson

Norene Copeland Miller

November 9, 2017

Condolences to the Platt Family. I had the pleasure of working with Jan on the Hillsborough Head Start Community Foundation for many years. Her Leadership will be missed.

Steve Samaha

November 9, 2017

Jan was a rare and great public servant. Tampa Bay (the area and the estuary) was very fortunate to benefit from her contributions. When I think of Jan the public servant I can't help but think of Fred Karl too. Two of the best! Tight lines.

James J Harkins IV

November 8, 2017

The death of Janis Kaminis Platt has evoked profound sadness among Hillsborough citizens whose lives she touched. She mentored me to get personally involved in public service; and, my 'guiding star' in creating the SouthShore Roundtable think-tank that successfully lobbied for a Regional Library, HCC, etc., which have benefited all citizens south of the Alafia. Her openly unpolitical get-the-job-done approach earned the respect and admiration of all the citizenry of Hillsborough County. Jan, we will always hold you in our hearts, Requiescat in pace my dear friend

Rebecca Buehrle

November 8, 2017

Sincere condolences to Bill and to Jan's entire family and friends. What an incredible woman, mentor, advocate, environmentalist, educator, friend ... and the list goes on. You will be dearly missed, Jan.

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