April 23, 1938 – November 15, 2014

National Academy of Kinesiology – Member #262

Jack H. Wilmore, NAK Fellow #252, Department of Kinesiology and Health Education Distinguished Professor and Professor Emeritus, born April 23 1938 in Ventura, CA, passed away on November 15, 2014 in Sun Lakes, AZ. He is survived by Dottie, his wife of 54 years, his three daughters, Wendy, Kristi, and Melissa, seven grandchildren and his two brothers, Jim and Art.

Dr. Wilmore received his B.A. and M.A. in Physical Education from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his Ph.D. from the University of Oregon in 1966, also in Physical Education. His career spanned 40+ years, and eight different institutions (Ithaca College; University of California, Berkley; Preventive Medicine Center, Palo Alto, California; University of California, Davis; University of Arizona; University of Texas at Austin; and Texas A&M University).

Dr. Wilmore served in the UT-Austin Department of Kinesiology and Health Education as the Margie Gurley Seay Centennial Professor from 1985-1997 and as the department chair from 1990-1991 during which time he published 73 peer reviewed research articles, 30 book chapters, and 5 books. His co-authored textbook, Physiology of Sport and Exercise, was revised several times during this time period and is now in its 6th edition. This text remains one of the leading exercise physiology textbooks in the world today. In 1996, he received the Dean’s Distinguished Faculty Award from the College of Education. While at UT, Dr. Wilmore was a co-PI for the HERITAGE Family Study, a multi-center, multi-million dollar research grant funded by the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute of the National Institutes of Health of the US government. Dr. Wilmore left UT-Austin to become Department Head of Health and Kinesiology at Texas A&M. He served as Department Head from 1997-2000 and Distinguished Professor until his retirement in 2004.

Dr. Wilmore was one of the pioneers who led the field of Physical Education to become more scientific and intellectually rigorous, resulting in our current day Kinesiology and Exercise Programs. In 2006 he received the Honor Award, the highest award given by the American College of Sports Medicine and was the 2010 recipient of the Hetherington Award, the highest award given by the National Academy of Kinesiology. Dr. Wilmore, Jack, is sorely missed by family, friends, and colleagues, but his legacy lives on through the lives of the thousands of individuals he inspired and influenced with his teaching, research, writing, and life.