Former Executive Director and FHSAA Hall of Famer Fred E. Rozelle Passes Away
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The Florida High School Athletic Association mourns the loss of former Executive Director and Hall of Fame member Fred E. Rozelle, who passed away unexpectedly August 28. He was 89.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 59 years, Charlotte; daughter, Nancy; and son, Rick. He is survived by his son, Randy and his family; his sister, Marie Kennon and her family; many nieces and nephews; and his loving companion, Pat Lucas.
Rozelle led the FHSAA from 1980-1991 as the Executive Director before being inducted into the FHSAA Hall of Fame in 1991. The FHSAA Board of Directors honored the University of Florida distinguished alumnus by naming the organization’s sportsmanship program after him. The Fred E. Rozelle Sportsmanship Award is given annually to a school in each classification that has best exhibited a high degree of sportsmanship in its athletic program.
Prior to his time as the leader of the FHSAA, Rozelle was elected to the FHSAA Board of Directors in 1974, and in 1977 he was appointed to the Executive Committee. In 1978 he was elected vice-president and in 1979, elected to the office of president of FHSAA.
Rozelle was born and raised in Lake City and graduated from Columbia High School in 1945. He lettered for the University of Florida football team in 1950.
A service will be held at Pasadena Community Church in St. Petersburg, Fla., at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 11.