Former FAMU professor, athletic director Roosevelt Wilson dies

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By: WCTV Eyewitness News
October 22, 2018

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) -- Former Florida A&M University journalism professor and athletics director Roosevelt Wilson has died at the age of 78.

“I extend  condolences to Professor Wilson’s family, loved ones and many friends,” said FAMU President Larry Robinson, Ph.D. “He devoted himself to telling the stories of great Rattlers, and he will be included among those great Rattlers.”

A native of Bunnell, Florida, Wilson came to FAMU in 1969 as the director of Sports Information, following a lengthy stint as a high school English teacher, service station owner and sports writer in Ocala, Florida.

Wilson moved from the athletics department to director of University Publications in 1979 before returning to athletics in the summer of 1980 as the Rattlers' AD.

In 1985, Wilson left the position and moved to the FAMU School of Journalism, Media and Graphic Arts to become an instructor.

In the fall of 1999, FAMU honored him for his years of service to the university’s storied Athletics program by enshrining him into its Sports Hall of Fame.

Funeral services for “Prof.” Wilson will be held on Monday, October 29, at 11 a.m., at the Old West Florida Enrichment Center, located at 2344 Lake Bradford Road in Tallahassee, Florida.

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