HAROLD BROWN FALLS, JR., Ph.D.

December 16, 1934 – March 9, 2020

National Academy of Kinesiology – Fellow #284

Sadly, the National Academy of Kinesiology reports the passing of Harold Brown Falls, Jr. PhD. on Monday, March 9, 2020.  Dr. Falls lived in Springfield, MO and was 85 at the time of his passing. 

Dr. Falls was born December 16, 1934 in Savannah, TN and graduated from Charleston High School in Indiana. He completed his A.B at Morehead State University (1960), a M.P.E. at Purdue University, and a Ph.D. (1964) also from Purdue.  He was a professor at Missouri State University for 42 years, retiring in 2008 as the Department Head of Biomedical Sciences.

During his career Dr. Falls was selected as Distinguished Professor and Professor Emeritus.  In 1982 he was named a Fellow in the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education (Fellow # 284).  Dr. Falls served as Editor-in-Chief of The Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport of the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD).  He was President of AAHPERD’s Research Consortium and served as the President of the Central States Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine (CSACSM). He was an Emeritus Member of the FitnessGram Advisory Board of the Cooper Institute which speaks to his expertise in the area of fitness.

Dr. Falls received many awards throughout his career, including Honor Awards from the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD), the Central District of the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (CDAPERD), and the Physical Fitness Council of AAHPERD. Additionally, he was presented with the first Scholar Award ever given by the Missouri Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.

Dr. Falls is survived by his wife of 62 years, Anita (Myers) Falls; daughter, Karen (Dan) Knetzer and their children, Matthew, Caroline and Claire; son, Brian (Elizabeth) Falls and their children, Henry and Joseph; daughter, Elizabeth (Chris) Cline and their children, Andrew and Stephen; sisters Jenny (Larry) LaGrange and family; and Jean Cieminski.

A Celebration Visitation was held Saturday, March 14, 2020 at Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home, Springfield MO.  The family requested that memorial contributions be made to the American Heart Association, 2446 East Madrid, Springfield, MO 65804.