May 4, 1921 – October 29, 2019

National Academy of Kinesiology – Member #148


Professor Henry J. Montoye, Jr., age 98, passed away Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at the Bickford of Okemos. Monty, as he was known to his friends and colleagues, lived over 98 years and most recently resided in Okemos, MI. He enjoyed bike riding, sailing and painting.

Dr. Montoye was born on May 4, 1921 in Chicago, IL to the late Henry and Clara (Harpling) Montoye, Sr. On June 10, 1944 he married Betty Anne Barnard and together raised 3 children. She later passed on January 2, 2014.

After Dr. Montoye completed a B.S. degree at Indiana University in 1943, he served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. Research suggests that he may have been involved in the Iwo Jima campaign on the USS LSM-201. He completed his service as Commanding Officer of the USS LSM-9. Upon returning from his service he completed M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at the University of Illinois and commenced an incredibly productive and influential career.

 After his doctoral studies, Professor Montoye moved through the academic ranks at Michigan State University from 1949 to 1961 within the Department of Physical Education, Health and Recreation. He was the first faculty member hired by the department in the area of Exercise Physiology. In the early 1950s he instituted the Human Energy Research Laboratory, which began in two converted storerooms within the basement of Jenison Fieldhouse, expanded to Quonset huts just south of the Fieldhouse, and then around 1957 was moved to the Women’s Gymnasium (now known as IM Sports Circle). The HERL remains in existence today and is directed by Professor Jim Pivarnik.

 In 1961, Professor Montoye moved to the University of Michigan as a Professor of Physical Education and a Research Associate of the Department of Epidemiology in the School of Public Health. He was one of the principal investigators of the large-scale and highly influential Tecumseh Community Health Study, serving as the lead exercise scientist involved with physical activity measurement and coronary heart disease risk. In 1971 he moved to the University of Tennessee as a Professor of Physical Education, and in 1977 moved to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. At Wisconsin he directed the Biodynamics Laboratory and served on two occasions as the Chairperson of the Department of Physical Education and Dance. Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin. Over his career he held various visiting professorships. In the mid-1990s, he returned to MSU as an adjunct professor.

 Professor Montoye’s career is marked by many contributions and recognitions. He published about 10 books, 15 book chapters, and 200 journal articles as well as abstracts and book reviews. I see a handwritten note on his brief CV that he received a Distinguished Teaching Award at MSU in 1955. He led thinking on the connection of physical activity and health as well as the measurement of physical activity and energy expenditure. He was a Charter Fellow and President of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM). In 2008 he was an Honor Award recipient, which is ACSM’s highest recognition of excellence. He was inducted as Fellow #148 of the American Academy of Physical Education (now the National Academy of Kinesiology), served as the Academy President in 1983-1984, and received the Academy’s highest recognition, the Hetherington Award, in 1989. The list goes on – one cannot understate Professor Montoye’s impact on scholarship in Kinesiology and on his many colleagues and students.   

Professor Montoye was preceded in death by his wife of 69 years, Betty Anne Montoye. Dr. Montoye is survived by his children: Richard (Cecelia) Montoye of Chelsea, MI; Allen (Mary) Montoye of Mt. Pleasant, MI; and Marilyn Montoye Ludwig of Moorpark, CA. He is also survived by six grandchildren: Pamela (John) Vincent, Brian (Sheri) Montoye, Alexander (Laura) Montoye, Eric (Madeleine) Montoye, Matt and Jake Ludwig, along with eleven great-grandchildren.