G. Alan Stull, Ed.D.

January 26, 1933 – September 19, 2019

National Academy of Kinesiology – Fellow #257


The National Academy of Kinesiology has received word about the passing of G. Alan Stull on September 19, 2019 in Henderson, NV. Alan was devoted to his family and is survived by his beloved wife of 34 years, the former Jeanine Joosten Bader; a daughter, Bobbi Ann Johnson and her partner, Brian Garetson, of Verona, WI; a son, John David "JD" Stull and his partner, Tina Phillips, of Henderson, NV; four grandchildren, Michael Johnson, Eric Johnson, Lauren Johnson, and Alanna Stull; a great-granddaughter, Kate Johnson; three stepsons, Scott Bader (Margaret) of Rapid City, SD; Craig Bader (Cara) of Chanhassen, MN; and Steven Bader of Eagan, MN; and seven step-grandchildren.

Alan was born on Jan. 26, 1933, in Easton, NJ, spent his childhood in Warren Glen, NJ. He earned his bachelor's degree from East Stroudsburg State Teachers College and his master's and doctoral degrees from Penn State, all in physical education. Between his master's and doctoral studies, Alan served proudly in the U.S. Army, primarily in Seoul with the Korean Military Advisory Group. Alan especially enjoyed sports, travel, and photography. With the exception of Antarctica, he visited every continent but held a very special fondness for Southeast Asia. He was a member of the Green Valley United Methodist Church in Henderson.

During his 38-year professional career, Alan taught courses mainly in exercise physiology, statistics, and research methodology. He was a faculty member at Penn State, the University of Maryland, University of Kentucky, University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and the State University of New York at Buffalo. He also held administrative appointments at Kentucky, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Buffalo, concluding his professional career as Professor and Dean of the Schools of Allied Health Professions at both Wisconsin and Buffalo. Alan was inducted into the Academy in 1978 (Fellow # 257) and received the Clark W. Hetherington Award in 1997. He served as president of the Academy 1985-86.

Alan’s students benefited from his passion for teaching and research as he served on more than 200 graduate student committees of which he chaired 90. He published more than 50 scientific articles in refereed research journals, co-authored or edited five books, authored two chapters in edited books, and published an additional 15 articles in professional journals. 59 of his papers were presented at various professional meetings.

Alan was active member in several professional organizations and served as president for both  the Association for Research, Administration, and Professional Councils and Societies (ARAPCS) and the Research Consortium of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD). He was an associate editor of the Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport (RQES), Journal of Motor Behavior, and Clinical Kinesiology (CK) and a member of the editorial boards of CK and RQES, having served a term as chair of the RQES board. He also served as a manuscript reviewer for seven scholarly journals and as the statistical reviewer for the Physician and Sportsmedicine.

Among his many professional honors, Alan received honor awards from AAHPERD and ARAPCS. He was also the recipient of the Helen G. Brown Honor Award at East Stroudsburg University and the Alumni Recognition Award from the College of Health and Human Development at Penn State. He was also a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine and the Research Consortium of AAHPERD.

Memorial services were held on Sept. 24, 2019, in Henderson, NV. In lieu of flowers and to honor his memory, the family requested that memorial contributions be made to the National Academy of Kinesiology, 2001 Juniper Drive, Mahomet, IL 61853. 

Source of information for this obituary: The Express Times on Sept. 29, 2019