High Tech with a Human Touch
The Evans Library (1984)
Florence (Flossy) and John Evans, a prosperous citrus farmer, were great friends of the university. One of the dorms is named for Mrs. Evans. In the late 1970s it became clear that the university needed a new library. Jerry Keuper recalls going out to Mr. Evans grove and asking him to contribute to the new library. Mr. Evans asked, "How much do you have in mind?" Keuper said that he was hoping for a million dollars. Mr. Evans laughed, "I'm just an old Florida citrus farmer." When Mr. Evans died, his will revealed that he had left his entire estate to the university for the library's construction. The university sold the Evans property, worth more than four million dollars, and it became Melbourne Square Mall.