June 18, 1939 – March 26, 2022

National Academy of Kinesiology – Fellow #266


Dr. Ted A. Baumgartner (NAK Fellow #266, inducted in 1980), age 82, of Athens, Georgia, died at home on March 26, 2022. Ted was born in Cushing, OK on June 18, 1939. He graduated from Stillwater High School in 1957, earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Oklahoma State University in 1961 and a Master of Science degree from Southern Illinois University in 1962. Ted taught public school for 2 years in Oklahoma before pursing his PhD from the University of Iowa – he completed his doctoral studies in 1967. Ted then joined the faculty at Indiana University and rose through the ranks to become a Professor in 1975. In 1977 he joined the faculty of the University of Georgia and retired in 2017, then holding the rank of Emeritus Professor – with 50 years of experience as a professor of exercise science. 

Dr. Baumgartner had many noteworthy professional accomplishments. He co-authored 2 textbooks which were in the 9th and 5th editions when he retired as an author. His book, Measurement for Evaluation in Physical Education and Exercise Science was frequently cited in the field. Ted also started the Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science Journal. He was elected to the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education, and he received 3 honor awards and the Lifetime Achievement award from his national professional organization. 

In addition to his academic accomplishment, Ted was also an eagle scout, a distinction he earned when he was only 14 years old. He was also the President of the Athens Ballet Theater for 10 years. 

Ted is survived by his wife of 54 years, Gloria Baumgartner (nee Cody), children Paula Baumgartner and Karla Baumgartner, and siblings William M. Baumgartner, Karl H. Baumgartner, and Barbara Baumgartner. 

Dr. Ted A. Baumgartner is fondly remembered and has left a lasting legacy in the field of Exercise Science and Physical Education.