Dr. Tony Floda
1960 – 2020
Dr. Tony Floda, 60, passed away on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. He was born on March 11, 1960 in Pensacola, FL. Tony served in the Air Force from 1978 to 1999. He excelled in academics. Dr. Tony earned a BA in Psychology in 1984, a MD in Counseling Psychology in 1986, and finally a Clinical Psychology PhD in 2002.
Dr. Floda started his career by working closely with those in need of mental health services at Prehab of Arizona in 1989. After receiving his PhD, he moved up to VP/QI Director at La Frontera EMPACT and finally found his calling teaching and directing the Clinical Psychology Department at the University of Phoenix. Dr. Floda was loved by his peers, students, and many kept in touch over the years. He cherished the fact that his wisdom was passed to so many.
Dr. Tony always found time to read, usually while eating. He loved the philosophy of Nietzsche, Sartre, and Plato but enjoyed sci-fi and fantasy novels as well. Any who could quote great philosophers earned his respect immediately, along with those that could keep up with his witty humor. Dr. Tony could always be spotted drinking Diet Mountain Dew or eating Junior Mints at the movie theater with his daughters. He had many passions including kickboxing and earning his Black Belt in karate. In his later years, Dr. Tony picked up the trombone again after not playing since high school, proving to his daughters that he did not have talents in everything. He also enjoyed jazz, dancing, and socializing with friends.
Dr. Tony Floda is survived by his mother, Judy Bledsoe of Pensacola; three daughters, Melissa, Nicole, and Stephanie; two grandsons, Lloyd and Milo; and his father, Jerry Floda of Cantonment.