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Tributes paid to University Honorary Fellow, former lecturer and Rotarian Tony Everett

Tony Everett, Education graduate, Honorary Fellow and Rotarian

Originally from Surrey, Tony Everett came to Sunderland in the late 60s to teach at the Sunderland Polytechnic, then moved on to the Sunderland College of Education as a Senior Lecturer where he stayed until he retired.

Tony was also a member of The Rotary Club of Sunderland for more than three decades, serving for many years as Secretary or Treasurer, and in other capacities at Club and District level. In 2014 he accepted an Honorary Fellowship from the University of Sunderland on behalf of The Rotary Club of Sunderland for longstanding support and outstanding charitable giving to the institution. 

The Rotary Club of Sunderland has a close relationship with the University of Sunderland and the Rotarians have collected funds from car parking at both University campuses in the City around major matches and concerts at the Stadium of Light. 

Volunteers from The Rotary Club of Sunderland operate the car parking system at the City Campus every Saturday, (outwith of the pandemic and university open days). Shoppers, football fans and Sunderland Empire matinee customers make use of the parking facilities at a reduced rate. Proceeds are shared between the University's Development Trust and a range of local and Rotary charities. The car park is also available for two hours before every Sunderland first team home game.

Since 2001 the luminous yellow bibbed gentlemen have collected over £116,000 to support the University’s Futures Fund.

The Rotary Club of Sunderland was founded in 1922 and is part of an international organisation whose purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world.

Tony Everett passed away suddenly at the age of 85 in December 2020. The University of Sunderland Development Trust would like to express their condolences to Tony’s family.

Rachel Smith, Head of Development and Alumni, said: “Tony Everett has been a brilliant supporter of the University of Sunderland through the Rotary Club of Sunderland and their tireless efforts manning the University’s car parks, come rain or shine. Their support has ensured we can continue to support our students.

“He was also well-known among Sunderland College of Education graduates and was involved with the Sunderland College of Education Entertainments Committee events.

“Our deepest sympathies go to his family at this very sad time”.

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