University of South Alabama Gordon Moulton

University of South Alabama

The University of South Alabama is planning a campus memorial service for former president Gordon Moulton following his death over the weekend.

The event is set for Wednesday afternoon at Mitchell Center Arena. A candlelight vigil was planned for Monday evening.

The school says Moulton died Saturday at his home in Daphne after a yearlong fight with cancer. He was 73.

Survivors include Moulton's wife Geri, a brother and a sister.

Moulton retired July 1 after 15 years as president of South Alabama, which is located in Mobile.

The University of South Alabama is marking the 50th anniversary of its founding.

The school will hold a celebration on campus in Mobile on Friday night to commemorate its start in 1963.

Gov. Robert Bentley will attend, and officials are planning a special recognition for President Gordon Moulton, who is retiring on July 1.

State lawmakers approved legislation authorizing the school on May 3, 1963, and classes started the next year.

The university has since awarded more than 75,000 degrees, and it now has more than 15,000 students.