National Institute on Aging

In Memoriam: Roosevelt Wilson, 1940-2018

Roosevelt Wilson, former journalism professor and director of athletics at Florida A&M University, died on October 21 at the age of 78.

Wilson spent six years as a high school English teacher and professional journalist in Ocala, Florida, before starting at FAMU in 1969 as the director of sports information. He held various roles during his tenure at the university including director of university publications, director of athletics, and professor in the School of Journalism, Media, and Graphic Arts (now the School of Journalism & Graphic Communication). In 1999, the university honored him by inducting him to its Sports Hall of Fame.

In 1991, Wilson’s family acquired the Capital Outlook weekly newspaper. During his years as publisher, the paper became an award-winning publication that provided incisive political and social commentary. Wilson was able to provide many of his journalism students with work experience through the paper. Additionally, Wilson wrote a weekly column called “Against The Grain” that discussed local and national issues. Eventually, Wilson was able to turn “Against The Grain” into a radio show where he was able to reach a much larger audience.

Wilson earned his bachelor’s degree in English from Bethune-Cookman University in Daytona Beach, Florida, and a master’s degree in mass communication from Florida State University. He retired from his university post in 2003.


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