Jacksonville State University Mourns the Loss of Esteemed Educators Robert P. Felgar and Teresa Suco


The Jacksonville State University community is profoundly saddened by the recent passing of two esteemed educators, Professor Robert P. Felgar and Assistant Professor Teresa Suco. Their insightful contributions to academia and unwavering dedication to their students have not just left an indelible mark on our institution but have also shaped the very fabric of our community.

Professor Robert P. Felgar, a distinguished member of the English Department, passed away on May 7, 2024. With a career spanning decades, Professor Felgar was renowned for his scholarly pursuits and passion for teaching. His commitment to African American literature, long before it gained widespread recognition, was a testament to his pioneering spirit. His colleagues held him in high regard for his fairness, professionalism, and unique dry humor. Though he retired in 2019, his legacy continues to illuminate the minds of students and colleagues, a testament to his irreplaceable presence.

Alongside Professor Felgar, the Jax State community also mourns the loss of retired Spanish Assistant Professor Teresa Suco, who passed away on May 13. A beloved professor for more than 40 years, her infectious love for the Spanish language and culture inspired countless students throughout her tenure. Beyond the classroom, she was a mentor, a friend, and a beacon of kindness to all who knew her. Assistant Professor Suco, who retired in 2016, upheld the highest academic standards while tirelessly assisting Spanish majors in earning their degrees and securing jobs, thereby enriching the community with skilled professionals. The entire Jax State community will fondly remember her unwavering commitment to excellence and genuine care for others.

As we honor the legacies of Professor Felgar and Assistant Professor Suco, may their memories continue to inspire us all, and may their spirits forever live on in the hearts and minds of those they touched.