Dr. Julian E. Compton, 70, of Tallahassee, died Thursday, April 1, 2010. He was born on February 29, 1940 and raised in Lexington, Kentucky. He received a B.A. in Religion from Georgetown College, an M.S.T. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and an M.A. in English and Ph.D. in Modern Humanities from Florida State University. He was a humanities professor at Florida A&M University for 39 years before retiring in 2007. He was committed to teaching his students to think critically and to appreciate arts and ideas. He traveled extensively, visiting five continents. He was published in poetry, data analysis, and many aspects of Modern and Post Modern Culture. Dr. Compton co-authored The World Champion Boxing Quiz and was a contributor to All Sports Digest, Boxing Illustrated, and Table Top Sports. He conducted computer statistical analysis of sports and co-authored the book, Computer Sports Matchups, in 1981. He also invented the computer game Data Boxing. In addition to his wife, Lan, he is survived by a sister, Carol Keith, of Reston, VA; son and daughter-in-law, Julian E. (Woody) Compton and Kim Harris of Gainesville; Daughter and Son-in-law, Lynn and Chris Chapman of Birmingham, AL, and 2 grandchildren. A visitation will be held Monday, April 5, from 6-8pm EST at Culley’s MeadowWood Timberlane Road Chapel. Private family services will be held. Memorial Contributions may be made to Doctors Without Borders.
Dr. Compton was also a long time member of IBRO.