Remembering Mike Gannon

Michael Gannon’s remarkable life touched many thousands of Floridians. A school dropout who grew up in historic St. Augustine, he went on to become an eminent Florida historian. Along the way he was a radio sportscaster, a Catholic priest, a distinguished professor at the University of Florida, a civil rights activist, and an award-winning teacher and writer. For decades, he enriched the programs of the Florida Humanities Council by sharing his knowledge, always leavened with his signature wit. Gannon died April 10, 2017, at age 89.

Gannon’s Strategy for Floridians

To entice newcomers to become Floridians, Gannon wrote a short, easily read history of the state. He explains why:

More on Mike Gannon

  • Read this 2010 FORUM article, when Gannon was named the first recipient of the Florida Humanities Lifetime Achievement Award for Writing | Here
  • The color of Gannon’s life is captured in this remembrance by historian Gary Mormino, Florida Humanities Council scholar-in-residence | Here