March 24, 2006: Buddy Nevins Political Writer
South Florida pioneer Charles Forman helped found a political dynasty by delivering candidate brochures with milk bottles from his family's dairy. He went on to help remake Broward County.
Dr. Forman, 91, died Wednesday.
Dr. Forman and his brother Hamilton Forman, 87, were Broward's most powerful political figures from the 1950s to the 1990s. Charles Forman was on the School Board, then the state Board of Regents.
Appointed to the state Board of Regents by Gov. Farris Bryant, Dr. Forman was a strong supporter of putting a community college in driving distance of every student in Florida. That plan is a reality today.
"They were the key players here for a long time and Doc Forman was Dr. Education," said Hugh Anderson, a county commissioner from 1975 to 1978.
Dr. Forman studied veterinary medicine at Iowa State University. After obtaining a doctorate, he was known in the political world by the nickname, Doc Forman.
Dr. Forman ministered to his family's herd until the dairy was shut when Florida's Turnpike was built through their pasture in the mid-1950s. At that point, he turned to education.
The Forman brothers were among the biggest campaign donors in South Florida, so when Dr. Forman turned his attention to higher education, he could count on his high-powered state political connection to get support for his dream: building a world-class education complex on what was once his family farm.
When local bankers refused to put up $1.5 million in seed money for his plan, Dr. Forman flew to Tallahassee and got $350,000 from North Florida banks. He shamed local bankers into putting up the rest.
Some of the former farm became the campuses of the Florida Atlantic University, Florida International and the University of Florida's Broward complexes, Nova elementary, middle and high schools, Broward Community College and Nova Southeastern University.
Hamilton McClure Forman (1886 - 1961)
Blanche Collins Forman (1885 - 1959)
Lucille Watson Forman (1918 - 1997)
Charles Richard Forman (1914 - 2006)
Hamilton Collins Forman (1919 - 2010)*
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