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Albert E. Dotson, Sr.

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1938-2021 Miami, Florida

& LEGACY OF
Albert E. Dotson, Sr.
Albert E. Dotson, Sr. passed away peacefully on May 29, 2021 at the age of 83. He will be remembered
as a devoted husband, a loving father and grandfather, a revered businessman, and a passionate member of the
South Florida community.
Born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1938, Dotson was raised by his mother, Alberta. When Dotson was 12 years
old, his mother married Fred Rowland and they both instilled in him the values of respect and hard work. His
family eventually moved to the Detroit area living in Hamtramck, Michigan where he completed his high
school education.
Soon after, Dotson met his future wife, Earlene Puryear, while attending church. The couple wed in 1959 and
remained married until he passed away, almost 62 years later. They were blessed with five children and 13
grandchildren.
At the start of his career, Dotson worked at Sears Roebuck and Company as a stock person in Detroit, Michi-
gan and gradually worked his way up to become the first Black assistant store manager before relocating to a
Sears store in Chicago. He eventually became the first Black store manager in the company’s history. Dotson
also served as store manager at Sears locations in Atlanta and Miami before he retired from the company.
Following three decades with Sears, Dotson and wife, Earlene, became entrepreneurs and launched several
businesses of their own across various industries. Dotson was an engaged member of the local community
throughout his 45 years in Miami, abiding by the scripture, “To whom much is given, much is required.”
(Luke 12:48)
He focused much of his civic service on advancing higher education in the South Florida community. He was
appointed by former Governor Jeb Bush to join the Florida International University Board of Trustees, and
served as Board Chair from 2009-2011 and was named Chair Emeritus. As Chair, Dotson was instrumental in
the founding of the Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine, as well as the FIU College of Law. In 2018, the
University’s International Pavilion was renamed the Earlene and Albert Dotson Pavilion in honor of his
legacy.
In 1989, Dotson joined the Orange Bowl Committee and was elected president in 1998, becoming the first
Black person to reach this position. He served on the Boards of Trustees for Barry University, Florida Memo-
rial University, United Way of Miami-Dade, Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, Miami Urban League,
Salvation Army, AvMed, SantaFe HealthCare, and Baptist Health South Florida. He was president of Mi-
ami-Dade County Fair and Exposition Committee from 1996 to 1998, and is a Life Member of 100 Black
Men of America, Inc., and NAACP, for which he served as Vice President of the Miami Chapter. He was a
proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity where he was initiated as a member of the Beta Beta Lambda
Chapter on March 20, 2004 and became a Life Member on December 28, 2004. He was inducted as a
member of Sigma Pi Phi fraternity on December 16, 2007. Through this fraternity, he is a Henry M. Minton
Fellow awardee.

  • 05/02/1938
  • 05/29/2021
  • USA
  • Albert
  • E.
  • Dotson, Sr.
  • Johnathan Dotson
  • johnathan@dswlogistics.net
  • F.I.U
    11200 SW 8th Street
    Miami, Florida

  • 06/10/2021 at 11:00 AM
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