Suwannee Democrat

Mayo Free Press

May 16, 2007

Former Mayo resident receives special recognition

John Foye Sessions, a former graduate of Lafayette High School, and baseball enthusiast, was surrounded by his family, friends, fans, and fellow Jacksonville University alumni at his namesake baseball stadium on Friday, May 4.

JU honored Sessions for his outstanding contributions and dedication to the school by renaming their baseball arena “John Sessions Baseball Stadium.” “He’s been a longtime supporter of our athletic programs, mainly the baseball team, and he made a generous donation that JU was honored to accept and in return honored him by naming the stadium after him,” Joel Lamp, Assistant Athletic Department/Media Relations spokesperson, said.

When the new name of the stadium was revealed, the crowd stood up and gave rousing applauses and cheers. After the pregame ceremony, Sessions threw the first pitch to open the JU vs. University of North Florida baseball game.

In the small county of Lafayette, there are several places named after Mayo residents: Edward Perry Sports Complex, Dorothy Hart Lafayette High School Gymnasium, Harlow H. Land, Jr., courtroom, and, most recently, R. O. Ranch, named after Frank “Red” and Olive Schulte.

Sessions met his wife, Elizabeth Carson, at LHS, where he played baseball and basketball. According to Lamp, she was the Valedictorian of her senior class.

The Sessions will be celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this summer. They have two children and three grandchildren, one of whom, is a graduate of JU.

“The university has always meant a lot to me and my family. We feel extremely fortunate to be able to give back to a school that means so much to us,” Sessions said.

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