Laurel Hill Florida, Okaloosa County - est. 1905


The FSU Tyner Tower was dedicated September 16, 1995. Pearl invited her friends from Laurel Hill to enjoy a week-end of events in Tallahassee. The most exciting moment was when the president walked her onto the football field amidst 72,800 fans! The biggest task he had to do all day was "get Pearl off the field"! She delighted in waving and smiling as she turned from side to side.
~Photo submitted by Estelle Rogers



About Pearl Tyner

Pearl Tyner was born near Laurel Hill in 1908. She descended from two area pioneer families, the Tyner and Campbell clans.

She attended Laurel Hill School and graduated in 1930 from the Florida Women’s College (now Florida State University) in Tallahassee.

Pearl’s background includes a teaching stint and working as a dietician for both the Florida Power and Light Company and the Veterans’ Administration. She enlisted in the Medical Corps during World War II and served in the European Theater of War near the front lines. She received an honorable discharge from the U.S. Army after attaining the rank of captain.

Tyner was a strong advocate for education and donated generously to numerous scholarship funds in Okaloosa County Schools during her lifetime

Her attachment to Florida State University was shown by her donations to and support of the University. She established scholarships for needy students, contributed heavily to the Southern Scholarship Foundation of Florida Colleges and Universities. Her endowments include nearly two million dollars to the Southern Scholarship houses and more than a million dollars to the FSU Foundation. The establishment of the $1 million Effie and Mack Tyner Eminent Scholars Chair was one of the first at Florida State University. One of the two towers leading into the Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee bears her name in recognition of her contributions. .The Alumni Center at Florida State University also bears her name.

She was also a strong supporter of historic preservation and financed several historical restoration projects in Okaloosa County and south Alabama.

Tyner died in 2006 at the age of 97 years old.

~ Ann Spann - Crestview News Bulletin



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