Botanical Gardens Donor Allen DeHart ’54 Dies at Age 90

//Botanical Gardens Donor Allen DeHart ’54 Dies at Age 90

Botanical Gardens Donor Allen DeHart ’54 Dies at Age 90

DeHart gifted the rare nature preserve in Patrick County to Ferrum College in 2012.

Ferrum, Va. (Oct. 19, 2016) – Educator, author, philanthropist and Ferrum College alumnus Allen DeHart of Louisburg, NC, who gifted the 172-acre DeHart Botanical Gardens in Patrick County to the College in 2012, died Oct. 14, 2016, after a brief illness at age 90.

A Patrick County native and a member of Ferrum College’s class of 1954, DeHart, held degrees from High Point University and the University of Virginia. DeHart also donated the 91-acre DeHart Botanical Gardens in Franklin County, NC, to nearby Louisburg College, where he served for 52 years as a full or part-time professor of American history, psychology and physical education. During his tenure he also served in a number of administrative roles, such as public affairs.

Funeral services for DeHart were held Wed., Oct. 19, 2016, in Stuart, Va., with burial following in the Woolwine Cemetery. DeHart was a U.S. Army veteran and the Patrick County Veterans Memorial Honor Guard presented a flag at the funeral.

Read Richard Stradling’s memorial article in The News & Observer here.

Read the Louisburg College memorial article here.