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William 'Doc' Myers dies at 79

From Mike Peltier at the News Service of Florida: Sen. William “Doc” Myers, a former Republican state legislator and Hobe Sound physician who became an influential leader on children's and human service issues during his 22-year legislative career died Tuesday. He was 79.

Myers, who served in both chambers, rose to the rank of Senate Majority Leader as the chamber made the transition from Democratic to Republican control.

“He was a true champion and servant of the people,” said former Sen. Ken Pruitt, who succeeded Myers in the Senate.

Myers was elected to the House in 1978 and moved to the Senate in 1982, where he served for 18 years. Myers became a leading member on health care and human services issues.

He was named Senate Majority Leader in 1994 when Republicans took over the chamber, but he had worked across the aisle as well. He had been one of the few GOP members to chair a committee while in the minority, having headed up the Health and Rehabilitative Services Committee from 1986 to 1988.