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Dr. John M. Bevan, college's founding dean

Dr. John M. "Jack" Bevan, the founding dean of Florida Presbyterian College, now Eckerd College, died Friday (Feb. 4, 2000) at 75.

Dr. Bevan, who served at Florida Presbyterian for almost a decade and helped recruit its initial faculty, died at a hospital in Sumter, S.C., near his home in Mayesville. Hospitalized for about a month, he died of lung and heart problems, his wife said.

"Much of what makes Eckerd College unique today bears his touch," said a statement from the college. "Many of the founding faculty credit Jack as the reason they came to the new, unproven school the year before classes started in 1960."

One of the first bright lights at Florida Presbyterian, Dr. Bevan led the college to develop independent studies and studies abroad and a one-month winter term, still used today at Eckerd College, as the school became known in 1972, and at other schools.

The school's academic vice president, he left in 1968 to become vice president for academic affairs at the University of the Pacific. He later served in similar posts at the College of Charleston in South Carolina and at Davidson College in North Carolina.

Dr. Bevan, a former professor of psychology at Heidelberg College, Davidson and Duke University, retired in 1986 after four years as the executive director of the Charleston Higher Education Consortium.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Louise Dabbs Bevan; a son, John Jr., Paris; three daughters, Brenda Remmes, Mayesville, Elizabeth Bevan, Charlotte, N.C., and Megan Bevan, Washington, D.C., six grandchildren, and three brothers.

Funeral services will be at 4 p.m. Sunday at Salem Black River Church near Mayesville. Elmore-Hill-McCreight Funeral Home, Sumter, is in charge.

The family suggests memorial contributions to the Jack Bevan Scholarship Fund at Eckerd College.

_ Information from Times files was used in this obituary.