Dr. Eva Wanton Dies at 79

By: Lanetra Bennett
August 28, 2014

Tallahassee, FL - Some call her a legend; some an inspiration; and all call her friend. Dr. Eva Wanton is a friend that is hard to say goodbye to.

Dr. Wanton died Monday at the age of 79.

She served FAMU for more than four decades as Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs and founding Dean of the School of General Studies.

Among her many accolades, she earned two Ph.D.'s, served as national president of the Jack and Jill organization, and served on the board of the international club, "Women Only."

Vivian Hobbs, Ph.D. met Dr. Wanton in 1964 when Wanton first came to work at FAMU to teach Spanish. She says, "She was a giving person. I never met a person that she didn't like. I never saw anyone who needed anything that she wouldn't give her very last to."

Hobbs adds, "She meant a lot to a lot of people and she made a lasting impact on so many. There will be a void felt because there is no one who can do all of the things that she did. She was brilliant, that's the first thing. She was charming. She was personable and she made people feel good about themselves. If I had to write her epithet, I would say, 'here lies a person who made everyone feel good about themselves.'"

Funeral plans are still in the works, but we're told it's expected to be next Wednesday at Bethel Baptist Church in Tallahassee.

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