Historic Markers Across Florida

Emerson Alumni Hall

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Location: 1938 W University Ave., Gainesville, FL
County: Alachua
Coordinates: N 29° 39.138    W 082° 20.961
  29.6523    -82.34935
Style: Mounted **
Waymark: WMRQAK


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Emerson Alumni Hall is made possible by William “Bill" & Jane Emerson, both of whom epitomize the Gator Spirit. Their vision was that “ Emerson Alumni Hall assist young people into the future & help many alumni find their way back to the present. It should remind us all of the matchless value of our experience at the University of Florida & inspire us to want to give back something of what we gained here."

Jane attended classes before UF officially became coeducational, While Bill worked towards a bachelor's degree in business administration. As a young married couple, they lived in Flavet village, alongside other married World War II veterans. Bill was, a committed student, active in Florida Blue Key & Phi Delta Theta fraternity.

Upon graduating in 1946, Bill joined Merrill Lynch, retiring 40 years later as the senior vice president of the UF Foundation Board of Directors & received UF's Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1989.

The Emersons provided a transformational gift to construct a much-needed alumni building. Emerson Elumni Hall opened its doors to the Gator Nation in 2002. Dubbed by then-UF president Charles Young as “the living room of the University of Florida." The building provides a multi-use meeting space for alumni, faculty, retired faculty, staff & students. It has become an architectural & campus landmark.

UF is grateful to Bill & Jane Emerson for their generous philanthropy & foresight to provide this important resource to Gators for many generations to come.

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