UF awards Gainesville music legend Tom Petty a posthumous doctorate in music

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In a file photo from Sunday, September 17, 2017, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers perform at KAABOO 2017 at the Del Mar Racetrack and Fairgrounds in San Diego, California. A California real estate agent and self-proclaimed “super fan” says he’s extended an offer to buy Petty’s Florida home. Kevin Beauchamp told the Gainesville Sun that he quickly made an offer of $ 175,000 for the nearly 1,200-square-foot (111-square-meter) home after seeing the home’s current owner, Brandy Clark, mention on a Petty’s Facebook fan club that she could sell it. (Photo by Amy Harris / Invision / AP, file)

By Associated Press

Almost two decades after being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and more than four years after his death, rock icon Tom Petty received an honorary doctorate. from the University of Florida.

The school’s board of trustees unanimously voted to award Thomas Earl Petty a posthumous doctorate in music at a meeting on Friday.

A nomination form submitted to trustees said that Petty’s “presence remains significant” after her death in 2017. “On the UF campus, Petty’s famous” I will not back down “became a mantra during sporting events, “the document said.

Although he did not attend UF, “Petty’s famous ‘I won’t back down’ has become a mantra at sporting events,” the nomination form reads.

Born and raised in Gainesville, Petty once worked as a gardener at UF while trying to be successful in the music industry, but he was never enrolled.

Its “I Won’t Back Down” is an emblematic rallying point for UF sporting events.

Petty died of an accidental drug overdose in October 2017.


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