Funeral arrangements made for former FAMU President Frederick Humphries

Published: Jun. 29, 2021 at 4:34 PM EDT
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - Funeral arrangements have been made for former Florida A&M University President Frederick Humphries.

FAMU announced Tuesday that Dr. Humphries will lie in repose at Lee Hall from 3 to 6 p.m. on Friday, July 9. His funeral is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday, July 10, at the Al Lawson Center.

A public wake is scheduled for 6 p.m. on Friday before an Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Omega Service at 7 p.m., which will also be open to the public.

Humphries died at his home in Orlando on June 24.

Dr. Humphries became the eighth president of FAMU in 1985. The Apalachicola native was the third longest-serving FAMU President, serving until 2001.

FAMU was named Time Magazine’s College of the Year under his leadership. During Dr. Humphries’ tenure, enrollment at FAMU rose from 5,100 in 1985 to 12,000 students in 1999.

Current FAMU President Dr. Larry Robinson released the following statement last week:

“We have been informed of the unfortunate passing of Dr. Frederick S. Humphries, the eighth president of Florida A&M University. The dark clouds have indeed gathered on the horizon. Dr. Humphries is one of FAMU’s favorite sons. He committed his life to the advancement of higher education, in particular within the HBCU community, and changed the trajectory of FAMU. We join the Humphries family, friends and Rattlers around the world in celebrating a life dedicated to service and one well-lived.”

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