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The Passing of Mr. Albert Bethune Jr., B-CU Archivist, Historian and Grandson of Dr. Bethune


Dear Wildcat Family: 
No words can express the depth of our sympathy and condolences after hearing of the passing of Mr. Albert McLeod Bethune Jr. on Wednesday, February 14, 2018. Mr. Bethune was grandson and adopted son to our beloved founder, Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, and he served as the first archivist and historian of Bethune Cookman University. 
Mr. Albert Bethune was a proud Wildcat! Throughout life, he has garnered respect as a stalwart for the legacy of Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, strengthening the University through timeless efforts to honor our core values and sacred heritage. He served as B-CU’s first mascot and was founder of the Bethune-Cookman University Inspirational Gospel Choir. 
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, faculty, staff and students, I extend heartfelt condolences to his wife, Marion and children and the entire Bethune family. Our prayer is that God will strengthen and encourage the family during this time of bereavement. I invite members of our community to pray for and offer signs of love and support for the Bethune family. 
God bless you, 
Dr. Hubert L. Grimes, Interim President

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About Bethune Cookman University:

Founded in 1904 by Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune, Bethune-Cookman University (B-CU) today sustains her legacy of faith, scholarship, and service through its relationship with the United Methodist Church and its commitment to academic excellence and civic engagement.  B-CU offers 38 degrees on its main campus and online college. Located in Daytona Beach, B-CU is one of three private, historically black colleges in the state of Florida. The institution boasts a diverse and international faculty and student body of nearly 4,000.  For more information, visit

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