Syde Deeb’s home was the beautiful southern of Tallahassee, Florida. Born and raised in the community decorated with thick oaks dripping of Spanish moss, Syde cared deeply for Tallahassee, The Florida State University and the people who were a part of it.
A graduate of Leon High School and the University of Florida, Deeb is remembered for his gracious generosity toward The Florida State University. He was a true philanthropist whose charitable contributions were wide-ranging.
He endowed a one million dollar chair to the Political Science school along with establishing a memorial scholarship at FSU for his late son, Joseph. In addition, Deeb gave substantially to the Center Treatment Center in Tallahassee.
Syde Deeb was a charter member of the FSU Alumni Association Century Club. In 1966 he was selected as one of the first “Friends of Florida State University,” an award bestowed by FSU students to those who have made major contributions to their university.
Deeb’s generosity was felt on the campus of Florida A&M, as well, with donations to that university’s scholarship fund. In 1973 his financial contribution helped FSU initiate construction of a new athletic facility.
Deeb’s interest in athletics was evident around his beloved Tallahassee. He served as President and Director of Seminole Boosters. He was also a member of the Gator Bowl Committee. For three decades he personally financed trips for the entire Leon High School football team and coaches to Gator Bowl games.
Syde Deeb’s friendship knew no boundaries and included the likes of governors, university personnel, state officials…and especially FSU coaches and players.