Peter J. Arnold
1931 – 2010
National Academy of Kinesiology – International Fellow
Peter J. Arnold
1931 – 2010
National Academy of Kinesiology – International Fellow
Peter J. Arnold was born in 1931 in Cambridge and died on September 27th, 2010. Peter was sent as a boarder to Bedford Modern School for 8 years where he distinguished himself in various forms of athletics. From school Peter went into the army to complete his two years of compulsory national service. Thereafter he went to Loughborough College to study physical education. It was at Loughborough he became interested in the body as a form of communication and expression and he went on to develop aspects of this theme at the London Institute of Education from 1961-63. Peter earned his M.Ed. degree at Leicester University from 1964-65. Peter completed his doctoral program and dissertation at Birmingham University from 1974-77 on the Phenomenology of Human Movement as it applies to such cultural pursuits as sport and dance.
On leaving Loughborough Peter taught at Cheltenham Grammer school for 3 years before moving on to become Director of physical Education at Dover College from 1957-64. On completing his Master’s thesis at Leicester he obtained a post at Chelsea College, Eastbourne, which specialized in the professional preparation of physical education teachers.
Peter was appointed the Head of the Education Department at Dunfermline College in Edinburgh in 1971.Soon after, he was asked to chair a committee which was to pioneer the first B. Ed degree in Human Movement Studies in Scotland.
Throughout his professional career and after he retired in 1987, Peter continued to write about such topics as Sport and Dance and how they related to issues and problems of education. Peter wrote over 80 articles in a variety of professional journals including the British Journal of Educational Studies, Journal of Aesthetic Education, Journal of Moral Education, Journal of the Philosophy of Education, Journal of the Philosophy of Sport, International Review of Sports Sociology, and Quest. His four main book titles were: Education, Physical Education and Personality Development, Meaning in Movement, Sport, and Physical Education, Education, movement and the Curriculum, and Sport, Ethics, and Education.
Peter was elected as an international Fellow of the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education (now NAK) in 1979.
This material was extracted from a longer obituary notice from the International Association for the Philosophy of Sport.
Harold M. Barrow
August 8, 1909 – May 15, 2005
National Academy of Kinesiology – Fellow #216
Harold M. Barrow, Fellow # 216, died on May 15, 2005. Harold was 95 years of age at the time of his death.
Harold was born August 8, 1909, in New Bloomfield, Missouri. While growing up on a farm during the Great Depression, Harold attended New Bloomfield (Missouri) High School before receiving an A.B. degree from Westminster College in 1936, where he starred in basketball and track. In 1942 he earned an M.A. from the University of Missouri and then obtained a P.E.D. from Indiana University in 1953.
Harold M. Barrow began his 47-year service in education teaching in a one-room schoolhouse from 1930 to 1934. He later worked as a high school coach and director of physical education in Fulton, Missouri, from 1936 to 1943 before serving a two-year stint in the Navy. He then spent three years as the head football and basketball coach, as well as Director of Athletics and Physical Education, at Eureka College in Eureka, Illinois. Harold spent the majority of his esteemed career at Wake Forest University, where he served as a professor of physical education from 1948 to 1977, as well as chairman of the Physical Education Department from 1957 to 1975. He received many awards during his distinguished career. Among these were the Medallion of Merit from Wake Forest University, the Kingdom of Callaway Award in 1958, Distinguished Alumni Achievement Award from Westminster College in 1975, Distinguished Alumni Award from Indiana University in 1988, and the Hetherington Award from the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education in 1995. He served a president of the American Academy of Physical Education in 1979.
Harold wrote a number of highly regarded and widely used articles and books on health and physical education including Man and Movement: Principles of Physical Education, which was published in three editions from 1971 to 1982, and A Practical Approach to Measurement in Physical Education, which he co-authored with Dr. Rosemary McGee from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
Harold and his five brothers were a dominant, nearly unbeatable independent basketball team in the 1930s and early 1940s, in an era before professional basketball was established and the elite college players played on independent teams. Harold was the brothers’ star forward and leading scorer. The Barrow brothers were the first team of brothers to be inducted into Missouri’s Basketball Hall of Fame in 1992. A man of many talents, Harold was musical, artistic and poetic. He learned to play the organ without ever taking a lesson.
Prepared by John Shea, Fellow # 403, who would like to express appreciation to Harold M. Barrow’s wife, Mrs. Kate D. Barrow, who provided information and the photo for this memorial.
Ted A. Baumgartner, Ph.D.
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.
Gaston P. Beunen
1945 – 2011
National Academy of Kinesiology – International Fellow
After a rich and fulfilling academic career, Professor Gaston P. Beunen passed away unexpectedly on August 13, 2011 at the age of 66. He was Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Leuven, Belgium. Gaston Beunen earned his doctoral degree from the Katholieke University Leuven in 1973. Professor Beunen was an expert researcher in the fields of kinanthropometry, physical growth and motor development, and physical fitness and health in youth. He made his early mark in the first large-scale study into the physical fitness of youngsters in Belgian schools. The “Leuven Growth Study of Belgian Boys” resulted in the “Leuven Longitudinal Study on Lifestyle, Physical Fitness, and Health” which stimulated many similar longitudinal investigations around the world on growth, basic motor skills, performance, physical fitness, and health.
Gaston Beunen published hundreds of scientific articles, many of which emanated from close cooperation with Belgian and international colleagues. The scope of his scientific knowledge made him a sought-after authority in the epidemiology of physical activity in relation to health as well as a pioneer of the Health Enhancing Physical Activity Concept (HEPA), which would become a staple of both research and public policy. He was one of the first to point out the health-related issues that result from a sedentary lifestyle in diverse populations long before this universally acknowledged epidemic problem received widespread attention.
Professor Beunen’s international career was distinguished by excellent research and executive offices in the world of international academia. He was a board member of the International Council for Physical Activity and Fitness Research, and was also active in the European Group of Pediatric Work Physiology. He was president of the international Society of for the Advancement of Kinanthropometry from 1988-1992. He was elected as an international fellow in our American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education in 1985. He was also an elected fellow of both the European College of Sport Science and the American College of Sport Medicine. In 2001, he received the prestigious Citation Award of the American College of Sports Medicine. He served on many distinguished journal editorial review boards. He is survived by his wife Kris, his children and grandchildren.
This statement was adapted from the obituary published in the Journal of Sports Sciences and the Memoriam developed by colleagues in the Faculty of Kinesiology and Rehabilitation Sciences at the Katholieke University Leuven.
Steven Noel Blair
July 4, 1939 – October 6, 2023
National Academy of Kinesiology – Fellow #302
On October 6, 2023, the world lost Dr. Steven Noel Blair, Fellow # 302, an eminent American exercise scientist.
Steven was born on July 4, 1939, on a Kansas farm. Steven received his B.A. in Physical education from Kansas Wesleyan University, Salina, Kansas, in 1957. He received his M.S. (1965) and P.E.D. (1968) in Physical education at Indiana University – Bloomington. He received his post-doctoral training (1978-1980) in preventive cardiology at Stanford University School of Medicine.
Steven was a long-time faculty of the University of South Carolina, starting in 1966 until his retirement in 2016 as a distinguished professor Emeritus with a 22-year (1984-2006) break at the Cooper Institute. He was the Director of Epidemiology and Clinical Applications and Director of Research at the Cooper Institute (part-time 1980 – May 1984, full-time after May 1984), where he was responsible for the trailblazing Aerobics Center Longitudinal Study. He served as CEO of the Institute from 2002 to 2006 before rejoining the Department of Exercise Science at the University of South Carolina.
Dr. Blair dedicated his career to researching physical activity and health. He conducted numerous studies documenting that the risk factors of physical inactivity and low physical fitness are major contemporary health problems. His work also resulted in outcomes, strategies, and practices that help people maintain healthy levels of physical activity. His influence extended across various domains ranging from academia to public health. Dr. Blair’s remarkable career involved notable contributions to understanding physical activity and its impact on public health. His legacy includes groundbreaking work on fitness and mortality, particularly in the Aerobics Center Longitudinal Study. As a distinguished member of the academic community, he left an indelible mark on the National Academy of Kinesiology.
Besides his academic endeavors, Dr. Blair played a significant role in shaping public health policies. He was the founding president of the US National Coalition to Promote Physical Activity, demonstrating his commitment to advancing public well-being through active lifestyles. Dr. Blair’s influence also extended to editorial roles, serving as the Senior Scientific Editor of the first US Surgeon General’s Report on Physical Activity and Health. His numerous honors include serving as Fellow in the American Epidemiological Society, American Heart Association, American College of Sports Medicine, the Society of Behavioral Medicine, the National Academy of Kinesiology, and Retired Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine, London, UK. Dr. Blair was awarded several honorary doctorates and a host of awards and recognitions for his body of work.
His passing is a profound loss, and the tributes and remembrances underscore his impact on exercise science and public health. However, his legacy lives on through the findings of his research, his impact on his colleagues and the young researchers that were fortunate enough to experience his mentorship. As we remember Dr. Steven Blair, we acknowledge his lasting contributions and the impactful legacy he leaves behind.
James Salvatore Bosco
October 5, 1927 – April, 2011
National Academy of Kinesiology – Fellow #218
In April of 2011 Jim had been playing in his third match in a badminton tournament in North Carolina, winning as usual, when his incredible life came to a sudden end at the age of 84. A descendant of Italian immigrant parents, Jim was born in Lawrence, MA on October 5, 1927, with a passion for learning . . . higher education was inevitable for him.
Dr. Bosco attended Springfield College in Springfield, MA, where he met his lifelong partner and wife, Mariana who was to become his constant travel companion, his ever-present dance partner, and confidant. After receiving his BA in physical education, Jim earned his MS from the University of Illinois, and his PhD from the University of Massachusetts in exercise physiology in 1957. Jim then went to work as a faculty member at San Jose State University in California. For the next 10 years he taught at San Jose State while consulting and conducting research with aerospace researchers at the nearby National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). Specifically, he studied methods to improve the exercise regimen for astronauts. He was a pioneer in the science behind exercising and a long-standing and vocal advocate for the benefits of physical activity.
In 1971, Jim became Dean for the college of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation at California State University-Sacramento, where he was instrumental in unionizing faculty and the implementation of the California Faculty Association. He also created the James S. Bosco Underrepresented Incentive Graduate Endowment scholarship.
Perhaps most importantly, as a result of his passionate approach to teaching, Jim was an inspiration. Jim was beloved by all for his passion, integrity, competitiveness, fabulous stories, tenacious quest for what he believed was right, and his undying dedication to education, especially higher education. He was a quintessential role model for education and physical activity and an incredible academic.
Throughout the course of his career, Jim taught, coached, and administrated at the elementary, junior high, high school, and university levels for 40 years. He held many offices and received numerous awards. In the California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, he was elected President, 1976-77, received their Honor Award in 1981, and their highest honor, the Verne Landreth Award, in 1986. He was a Fellow of the America College of Sports Medicine and the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education, now the National Academy of Kinesiology. Jim published and presented extensively.
Upon retirement, Jim focused on his lifelong passion, badminton, becoming masters world champion on several occasions beating some of finest players on the globe. From 2002 through 2010, Jim earned rankings in 18 different badminton categories and from 2008 through 1010 was undefeated in eight consecutive men’s singles events. He was inducted into the Senior Badminton Hall of Fame in 2005. Aside from academics, research, and education, Dr. Bosco’s avocation was badminton. According to former protégée and current Sac State Dean Fred Baldini “No one could play with him. He was phenomenal! He could play with people half his age and just toy with them.”
Moreover, Baldini said, “I think most of us can look back in our past and come up with a handful of people that had a significant impact on our lives. People who help shape us, who opened doors for us, who cared about us. Jim Bosco was one of those people; he has had a lasting impact on so many in so many ways. He modeled so many traits that I aspire to emulate today. He had high expectations for his students, the faculty in the department, and himself. He knew right from wrong and would not hesitate to take a stand for what he believed was right.
Dr. Bosco will be missed, but not forgotten. His legacy lives on through the thousands of people he touched; he was one of a kind.” Jim Bosco had one son, three grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Roger K. Burke
1920 – 2008
National Academy of Kinesiology – Fellow #201
Dr. Roger K. Burke, Professor Emeritus, University of Southern California (USC), died on July 7, 2008 in Los Angeles. Dr. Burke taught in the Department of Kinesiology and Exercise Science from 1974 until his retirement in 1982. He was an internationally noted kinesiologist and authored publications on kinesiology and the history of physical education. He is widely known for the textbook he co-authored, Kinesiology and Applied Anatomy (with Dr. Phillip Rasch). Dr. Burke was active in several professional organizations including the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (Southwest District), the California Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance and the Western Society of Physical Education for College Men. In 1969, he was elected as an active Fellow in the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education.
Dr. Burke was born in 1920 in Medford, Massachusetts, and grew up in Wakefield, Mass. He attended Springfield College and participated on the gymnastics and hand balancing team. In 1942, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in physical Education and Health. Following college graduation, he enlisted in the U.S. Coast Guard and was stationed at the Manhattan Beach Training Station, Brooklyn, New York, where he taught “rough and tumble” fighting. He taught high school physical education for two years in Vermont before moving to California in 1947. He earned a Master of Science degree in physical education at the University of California (1950) and a Doctor of Philosophy in physical education at USC (1957). He was a professor at Occidental College, in Los Angeles, from1947 to 1974, where he was also chairman of the Department of Physical Education before joining the USC faculty.
Dr. Burke is survived by his wife, Dr. Dolores Geddes Burke of Cape Coral, Florida, who is a retired professor from the Kinesiology and Exercise Science Department, USC, and was active in AAHPERD groups. His daughter, Kimble Burke Morton, a member of AAHPERD and CAHPERD, lives in Altadena, CA. His son, Brad M. Burke lives in Fort Collins, CO. His daughter, Lynne Geddes Joslyn, lives in Cape Coral, FL. In addition, he is survived by eight grandchildren. His family and former colleagues will reflect, rather than mourn, the joy of having him part of their lives. According to his wishes, there was no funeral or memorial service. His cremated ashes were scattered at sea near Los Angeles.
Elsworth Robert Buskirk, Ph.D.
1925 – 2010
National Academy of Kinesiology
Elsworth (Buz) Buskirk was born in 1925 in Beloit, Wisconsin and died in 2010 in University Park, Pennsylvania. At the time of his untimely death, he was an Emeritus Professor of Applied Physiology and Human Nutrition at Pennsylvania State University and a former recipient of an Endowed Chair in Human Performance. He earned his B.A. degree from St. Olaf College in Minnesota with majors in physical education and biology. After receiving an M. A. from the University of Minnesota, he was accepted into their Physiological Hygiene Ph.D. program under the leadership of Dr. Ancel Keys who during and after World War II had become renowned for developing the “K“ ration and for his studies on human starvation. Buskirk’s tenure as a graduate student was eventful because he was given the opportunity to collaborate with scholars as Henry Taylor, Josef Brozek, Ernst Simonson, and Joseph Anderson. Thus, it was no surprise that, after receiving the Ph.D. degree in 1954, his research with Henry Taylor on measuring VO2 max became a methodology cornerstone for exercise physiologists for decades to follow.
He left Minnesota to accept a position as a physiologist with the U.S. Army Quartermaster Research and Development Center in Natick, MA where he became Chief of the Environmental Physiology Section. Besides becoming involved in a myriad of studies one of which became a classic because he demonstrated that conditioned dehydrated subjects could improve performance whereas a conditioned and acclimatized subjects could not. Later on, NIH officials recruited Buskirk for the purpose of establishing a “state of the art” metabolic climatic laboratory, and to lead a research programs in the area. For Fellows who are familiar with the functioning and use of the Beckman Metabolic Cart in laboratory research, think Buskirk, as he developed the template that became the commercial product. Perhaps his most important contribution was his lobbying for an NIH study section that addressed the issues and problems of environmental and exercise physiology. In 1964, his efforts bore fruit with the establishment of an Applied Physiology Study Section.
During 1963, he accepted the opportunity to become a Professor of Applied Physiology and the Director of the Laboratory of Human Performance at Pennsylvania State University, where he built one of the premier programs in the exercise sciences within North America. At the time of his death, he had trained 28 Ph.D. students, and supervised 27 post-doctoral trainees. Buskirk conducted research in body composition and assessment, obesity and its ramification, thermoregulation and performance, performance at high altitude, exercise as an intervention against cardiovascular disease, and pulmonary function. Emerging from these research endeavors were more than 250 publications and 5 books.
During his career, Buskirk served as an Associate Editor (Journal of Applied Physiology), Editor–In–Chief (Medicine and Science in Sport and Exercise), member and Chair of an NIH Study Section (Applied Physiology and Bioengineering), Chair of Environmental and Exercise Section (American Physiological Society) and a reviewer for 14 different scientific journals. He was the 8th president of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and received the Honor Award for Research by ACSM and by the APS Section on Environmental and Exercise Physiology.
While Buskirk’s contributions to and involvement with the Academy were limited, his contributions to AAKPE’s ideals of scholarship, mentoring, research, and contributions to the profession have been maximal. Thus, it is for this reason that we mourn his death on March 28th of this year.
Albert V. Carron
1941 – 2014
National Academy of Kinesiology – International Fellow
Albert V. Carron, EdD, NAK International Fellow, after successfully living with multiple myeloma during his work and his short-lived retirement, succumbed to the effects of this cancer on June 02, 2014 at the age of 71. With the exception of his last few months, he was an energetic senior scholar and grandfather. Despite his diagnosis in 2008 and stem cell transplant in 2009, he continued his career with the same energetic intentions into retirement in 2012. A celebrated scholar, mentor, teacher, and international leader in sport and exercise psychology, he was the pre-eminent investigator in group dynamics as applied to sport and exercise. He is survived by his family: wife Marcella, her daughter Michelle, his tight-knit family of four children and several grandchildren, and his siblings. A scholar to the end, “Bert” supervised the defense of his final PhD student, hosted the student’s and committee’s celebration and entered the hospital almost immediately thereafter. He mentored during his brief retirement, a short but well-earned 18 months before his passing. He was a man passionate about life, family, friendship, scholarship and its quality, and of course, sport. This passion for learning, and in turn, teaching, naturally evolved over his 40 year career at Western University, London, Ontario such that he was acknowledged as THE international leader in sport group dynamics. While his recognition in this field was without peer, he was also acknowledged as a leader in the applied study of group dynamics by the parent discipline of social psychology. To recognize his many contributions at his 2012 retirement, Western University hosted a Carron Group Dynamics Scientific Symposium and Tribute day at which many of his former graduate students and colleagues presented their latest research to honour their esteemed mentor, colleague and friend.
While Bert recognized his leadership in sport psychology, he could be characterized as the leader by action rather than by seeking out awards and honours. However, national and international honours of that were special to him because his peers had nominated and supported him were those of which he was most proud. Two key examples serve to illustrate. Bert was awarded the International Council of Sport Science and Physical Education’s Prize and Sport Science Award of the IOC President (1996) by IOC President – Juan Antonio Samaranch . A more recent example in 2004 was the establishment of a permanent lecture in Bert’s honour in the annual conference program of the Canadian Society for Psychomotor Learning and Sport Psychology: “the Albert Carron Lecture.”
Bert completed his Bachelor of Physical Education and Master of Arts degrees at the University of Alberta, then underwent rigorous Ed.D., training under the tutelage of Dr. Franklin Henry at the University of California , Berkeley. Armed with the critical research eye fostered by Dr. Henry, Bert began his career at the University of Saskatchewan where he worked with Dr. Don Bailey, another NAK international fellow on the well-known longitudinal growth and development study. In his first seven years, he moved through the ranks to Associate Professor, then was hired at the University of Western Ontario where he rapidly achieved full professor status and spent the remainder of his career.
As a scholar whose career spanned more than four decades, Bert’s research focus underwent changes. In each decade, there were highlights from his multiple publications that reflected his changing interest. However, one thing that did not change was his desire to conduct curiosity-driven research of high quality.
In his first decade (1967 -76) as a scholar he was very proud of his research concerning the effects of physical fatigue on learning and performance. The second decade (1976-85) found his interest swing to group dynamics. A pillar of that work was his contribution to the development of a conceptual model of group cohesion and an accompanying measure. Both have been acknowledged to have made a major contribution to cohesion measurement not only in sport, but in multiple areas of psychology. It has been translated into multiple languages and used in many cultures. To date, it is still regarded as one of the gold standard measures of group cohesion. Bert’s third decade (1987-1996) continued to be characterized by his excellent work in group cohesion with the continuing investigation of sport group dynamics and the addition of the study of groups and their influence in the area of adherence to physical activity and such correlates as exercise intention and satisfaction. His interest was partly driven by the applied idea of capitalizing on the powerful motivational forces of the group as one means to promote physical activity and counter the disease-related effects of physical inactivity. As well, he added the investigation of the home advantage to the mix of group dynamics. The latter contribution moved the research from an atheoretical, descriptive state to being guided by a conceptual framework that continues to be cited by researchers studying different forms of home advantage.
The final 15 years leading to his retirement was characterized by a steady stream of publications, and importantly, three editions of landmark texts that are considered as the international bibles about group dynamics in sport and exercise. Ironically, during his retirement (2012-14), Bert contributed a chapter to an edited book in group dynamics in sport and exercise along with his many graduate students and research colleagues. It was one of his final contributions as the 2014 book appeared in print just prior to his death.
In a variety of disciplines, we often pay tribute to our leaders by citing the number of their published works and Bert’s tally exceeded 225 articles, books, chapters and monographs . However, at his retirement tribute and symposium in 2012, his graduate students surprised the audience by expressing this differently. They produced a banner of front pages of all his publications each year of his career which stretched across the auditorium, close to 25 feet. The effect was impressive and visually suggested an impact a single number never could.
Dedicated scholarly and administrative service was also a hallmark of Bert’s career. His philosophy was to give back to the field and his university through his belief that “a good scholar should also be a good citizen”. He was a leader and builder in the larger domain of Kinesiology and in sport psychology generally and played many key roles in scientific societies. He was a charter member of the Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology and a Distinguished Scholar of the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity. He provided 14 years of longstanding, continuous service contributions to the field (1993 – 2004) as Editor of journals, editorial board member of International and North American Sport Psychology journals, and an editorial board member of psychology’s journal “Small Group Research”. The universities of Saskatchewan and Western also benefited from his service contributions as a Chair of their Graduate programs over multiple years and during those years passing along his enjoyment of guiding and mentoring all graduate students in their programs.
Bert was a man passionate about many things – his family, his friends, his research and giving back to the things in which he believed. Striving for quality and being the best because of that striving was a foundation that characterized his life. He was empathetic toward others and it was his pleasure to listen, give strong opinion, and to help. Bert has moved on but has provided a memory and legacy not soon forgotten and a lofty standard for his many colleagues and students to follow.
Prepared by Larry Brawley, NAK International Fellow
Marguerite Ann (Mickey) Clifton
1925 – 2009
National Academy of Kinesiology – Fellow #177
Mickey earned her BA degree from the University of Redlands, her MA degree from the University of Southern California, and her EdD from Stanford University. Mickey held faculty positions at UCLA (where she also served as the head of the undergraduate men’s and women’s physical education major unit) and Purdue University (where she was the chair of the Department of Physical Education for Women). She also served as department chair of Physical Education at California State University-Long Beach, where she was awarded Professor Emeritus status in 1987. She was passionate in her efforts to improve and promote the field of women’s physical education.
As early as 1964, Professor Clifton was speaking out publicly for intercollegiate sport opportunities for women. She was the first woman to deliver an address to the NCAA on this topic titled “Extending the Horizons for Interscholastic Sports Competition.” Throughout her long career, Mickey took on numerous leadership positions in physical education-related organizations. For example, she served as president of AAPE, AAHPER, AAPAR, and NAPEHE. In her research, Mickey specialized in childhood motor skill development and devoted her career to promoting women’s physical education. Along with Hope Smith, Mickey authored the text Introduction to Human Movement. Both authors agreed to donate one-third of the royalties from their book to help expand the Department of Physical Education for Women.
Mickey was recognized for her contributions in 1965 by being elected to the American Academy of Physical Education. She also became a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, a member of Sigma Xi, a member of the Research Council of AAHPER, associate editor of Research Quarterly, a member of the Athletic Board of Stanford University, a member of the International Society of Sport Psychology, and the North American Society of Sports Psychology.
In 1980, Mickey Clifton delivered the inaugural Dudley Allen Sargent Commemorative Lecture. In his introduction of Mickey, Bruce Bennett probably best described her. He noted, “We rejoice in the presence of Dr. Marguerite Clifton, who is all of the things that Dr. Sargent was—a teacher, an administrator, an athlete, a scientist—and devoted to her students and to her profession. In addition, she possesses one virtue which Dr. Sargent had only in short supply. He could be rather blunt and gruff; Dr. Clifton is always gracious, tactful, and considerate.” Mickey was an accomplished golfer. She enjoyed gardening and participated regularly in film and book clubs. On September 9, 2009, Dr. Marguerite Ann (Mickey) Clifton passed away, and the Academy lost a compassionate and true leader.
Priscilla M. Clarkson
April 16, 1946 – August 26, 2013
National Academy of Kinesiology – Fellow #339
Priscilla M. Clarkson, NAK Fellow #339, Dean of the UMass Amherst Commonwealth Honors College, Distinguished University of Massachusetts Amherst Professor of Kinesiology, nationally recognized researcher in muscle function and alumna of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, died peacefully at home on Aug. 26, 2013, at the age of 66, after a long battle with breast cancer. She leaves her husband Ronald Pipkin, professor emeritus of legal studies at UMass Amherst; her mother Mary Massei and her brother Jay Massei Jr. of Millbury, Massachusetts. Born April 16, 1947, in Worcester, MA, Priscilla received a bachelor’s degree in zoology in 1969, a master’s degree in marine science and zoology in 1973, and a Ph.D. in exercise science and human movement in 1977, all from UMass Amherst.
In her 36-year career at UMass, Priscilla Clarkson rose to the top in her field, authoring more than 200 scientific publications and becoming a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, where she also served multiple roles, including national president and foundation president. She founded and ran the Muscle Biology and Imaging Lab at UMass and was well known for her work in muscle function and dysfunction. As a researcher and faculty member, she mentored countless graduate and undergraduate students.
Early in her career, Dr. Clarkson took a pioneering approach to looking at every aspect of muscle function. As research techniques became more sophisticated, Dr. Clarkson delved deeper into muscles and added molecular biology to her areas of expertise, never forgetting the importance of how exercise could help inform the understanding of muscle physiology. In her research, she always maintained a vision for direct application to real-life situations. NASA sought Dr. Clarkson’s opinion about how to ensure the health of astronauts whose muscles are little used in zero gravity and yet she was quick to respond to an e-mail from a weight lifter who could not overcome a bout of muscle soreness.
UMass awarded Priscilla the Chancellor’s Medal in 1997 and the UMass Amherst Graduate School Centennial Award in 2008. The university named her a Distinguished Professor of Kinesiology in 2008. She served as Associate Dean for the UMass Amherst School of Public Health and Health Sciences for several years and she was appointed Dean of the UMass Commonwealth Honors College in 2006.
She served on the Massachusetts Governor’s Panel to improve police training practices to prevent cases of rhabdomyolysis leading to kidney failure during training. She served as a scientific adviser to the International Life Sciences Institute, as a member of the Science Working Group at NASA to develop laboratories for the space station, and as a scientific advisor to the National Space Biomedical Research Institute. She also served as a member of the NCAA Competitive and Medical Safeguards Committee, the National Commission on Sports and Substance Abuse, and a subcommittee of the Committee for Military Nutrition at the Institute of Medicine. She was a member of the Research Review Board of the Gatorade Sports Science Institute, the National Lipid Association Statin Safety Muscle Expert Panel, and the Scientific Advisory Committee for the Cooperative International Neuromuscular Research Group. She was editor of the International Journal of Sport Nutrition and Exercise Metabolism for eight years, and editor-in-chief of Exercise and Sport Science Reviews. Priscilla received the 1997 American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Citation Award, the 1999 New England ACSM Honor Award, the 2001 Excellence in Education Award from the Gatorade Sports Science Institute, and the 2005 National ACSM Honor Award. In 2007, she gave the keynote Wolffe Memorial Lecture at the National ACSM meeting. She was highly involved with the New England Chapter of ACSM and served as its president in 1995. In recognition for her service to the chapter, the New England Chapter of ACSM named one of the annual meeting’s lectures the Clarkson Keynote Lecture.
She maintained a lifelong involvement in classical ballet, as a performer, choreographer, board member and president of Pioneer Valley Ballet, and co-author/editor of books in dance medicine. She also held a deep love of animals, especially her three dogs and two cats.
She was the consummate teacher, researcher and scholar whose passion for learning and discovery greatly influenced the lives of her students and colleagues. Her work ethic was extraordinary and she carried out her work with grace and dignity which were woven into the fabric of her warm and humble personality. May she rest in peace knowing that her professional accomplishments and her influence in teaching, learning and scholarship will be her legacy.
John M. Cooper
1912 – 2010
National Academy of Kinesiology – Fellow #173
Dr. John Miller Cooper was born in 1912 in Smith Mills, Kentucky. Having served as teacher, coach, administrator, and researcher in biomechanics, kinesiology, and track and field, died on September 18, 2010, in Studio City, California, at the age of 98. A perhaps lesser known fact is that John is credited with having been the first player to have ever performed a jump shot in Basketball, and thus became known as “hop John Cooper”. The first time he shot a jump shot at the University of Missouri, his coach asked him where he had learned that shot. Before he could respond, his coach said, “At this university we shoot with both feet on the floor. Do you understand?” “Yes, sir,” John replied, and tried to do what the coach wanted. However, when his team was playing Ohio State, someone threw the ball to him, and he jumped up to catch it. “I got ready to pass the ball and couldn’t find anyone,” John said, “so I aimed at the basket, and the ball went in.” From then on, the coach tried to get other players to shoot the same way!
One of John’s protégées Daryl Siedentop, noted: John loved sports and was always available for a good talk about current sport issues. Of course, he was one of the early biomechanists and likely played a significant role in developing that new approach to research on physical activity.” John asked Daryl Siedentop to co-author the 1969 Lea & Febiger text titled The Theory and Science of Basketball with him. Siedentop noted ”The way this book got done is that I’d go to John’s office or home and he would talk and I would take notes . . . I did all the writing . . . One of the interesting things about the book is that the publisher wanted coverage of women’s basketball as well as men’s . . .”
After a brief stint with an oil company he applied for a teaching position. Initially hired to teach history and coach basketball at Centralia High School in Centralia, Missouri, he was later assigned some physical education classes. He became certified in physical education, and for a total of eight years he taught and coached in high schools across Missouri. In 1937 he earned an M.A. and in 1946 a Doctor of Education degree from the University of Missouri, where he served as a physical education instructor for two years.
During the Second World War, while serving as Assistant Director of the Army Air Forces Training Command Physical-Training Program, Dr. Cooper developed the training protocols and oversaw its faithful implementation. In addition, he also helped invent a landing device used by pilots when having to eject from a plane.
From 1945 to 1966, Dr. Cooper taught at the University of Southern California, after which was named director of graduate studies at Indiana University. He was instrumental in designing equipment for use in early biomechanics research projects. From 1968 until his retirement in 1982, Dr. Cooper served as Associate Dean in the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation.
Known internationally as the father of modern biomechanics and human movement, Dr. Cooper authored numerous research articles and textbooks in collaboration with professional colleagues. From 1969 to 1970 he served as president of the Alliance (then the American Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation), received the AAHPER Honor Award in 1955, and was the 1991 recipient of the prestigious Luther Halsey Gulick Medal.
In honor of Dr. Cooper’s accomplishments, Indiana University offers the Cooper Scholarship in Biomechanics, and from 1984 on its Graduate program in Kinesiology has been the Dr. John M. Cooper Graduate Program in Kinesiology. John will be deeply missed by family, friends, colleagues and the countless students he influenced and mentored.
Barbara Lee Drinkwater, Ph.D.
November 8, 1926 – September 30, 2019
National Academy of Kinesiology – Fellow #268
On Monday, September 30th, Barbara Lee Drinkwater, Ph.D., FACSM, passed away in Gold Canyon, AZ. Dr. Drinkwater was a leader in the field of exercise physiology focusing her work on issues related to girls’ and women’s health and athletic performance. A competitive athlete, her career began as a physical educator, women’s basketball coach and swimming instructor. Over her diverse career, she was a camp counselor, sports coach, a scuba instructor, and a rock-hound in addition to holding her commercial small aircraft pilot’s license and playing golf into her 90s.
Born on November 18, 1926, in Plainfield, New Jersey, Barbara pioneered research in the field of women’s athletics. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree at Douglas College (now Rutgers University), a Master of Science degree at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro and a Ph.D. degree in sports psychology from Purdue University. Dr. Drinkwater’s research career as an exercise physiologist began at the Institute of Environmental Stress, at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She continued at the University of Washington in the Department of Kinesiology and concluded her academic and research career at the Pacific Medical Center in the Department of Medicine, where she led the Osteoporosis Research Laboratory. Specifically, she focused on the topics of thermoregulation; aging; and menstrual function, bone health, and exercise. She was the first research scientist to advise that comparisons of the physiological performances of men and women must account for body size. She also led the discovery of the relationship among amenorrhea, disordered eating, and osteoporosis – known as the Female Athlete Triad. Dr. Drinkwater was integral in identifying the seriousness of the Female Athlete Triad and the need for mandatory education regarding its effects.
Born on November 18, 1926, in Plainfield, New Jersey, Barbara pioneered research in the field of women’s athletics. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree at Douglas College (now Rutgers University), a Master of Science degree at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro and a Ph.D. degree in sports psychology from Purdue University. Dr. Drinkwater’s research career as an exercise physiologist began at the Institute of Environmental Stress, at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She continued at the University of Washington in the Department of Kinesiology and concluded her academic and research career at the Pacific Medical Center in the Department of Medicine, where she led the Osteoporosis Research Laboratory. Specifically, she focused on the topics of thermoregulation; aging; and menstrual function, bone health, and exercise. She was the first research scientist to advise that comparisons of the physiological performances of men and women must account for body size. She also led the discovery of the relationship among amenorrhea, disordered eating, and osteoporosis – known as the Female Athlete Triad. Dr. Drinkwater was integral in identifying the seriousness of the Female Athlete Triad and the need for mandatory education regarding its effects.
Dr. Drinkwater was inducted into the National Academy of Kinesiology in 1980 (Fellow #268). She was active in the American College of Sports Medicine, elected as an ACSM trustee, vice president and president (1988-1989) – the first woman to be elected to all three positions and the first female president of ACSM. Her contributions to medicine, science and physical performance was recognized by ACSM by presenting her with the Citation (1984) and Honor (1996) Awards. She delivered the D.B. Dill Historical Lecture in 1989 and the Wolffe Memorial Lecture in 1994.
Dr. Drinkwater was a founding member of WomenSport International and participated as a member of the International Olympic Committee Medical Commission. As a founding member of Women Sports International, she spoke of the need to eliminate injustice for female athletes. She was instrumental in encouraging minority representation on ACSM committees. In 2014 Barbara’s work was recognized by the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition as a recipient of the council’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
After moving to Vashon Island in 1983 and resuming her research at the University of Washington and the Pacific Medical Center, in 1984 Barbara addressed the homeless pet population on Vashon by organizing an animal rescue group known as Vashon Island Pet Protectors or VIPP. Starting from the homes of a few volunteers, VIPP has become a thriving no-kill animal shelter, having rescued and assisted thousands of animals since its founding.
A memorial service for Barbara was held on Wednesday, November 6, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Burton Lodge. Here is a link to her obituary.
Herbert A. de Vries
1917 – 2009
National Academy of Kinesiology – Fellow #296
Herbert A. de Vries, a professor emeritus of kinesiology at USC College who was known as the father of exercise and aging died on Oct. 1, 2009. He earned his master’s degree at the University of Texas at Austin, where he was inducted into the 2008 Hall of Honor. In 1960, he earned his Ph.D. at USC. While there as a professor, de Vries became one of the foremost exercise and muscle physiologists of his time. He was a preceptor at the Ethel Percy Andrus Gerontology Center and a laboratory chief at the center’s Physiology of Exercise Laboratory.
He authored or co-authored several leading textbooks on the physiology of exercise, most notably, Physiology of Exercise for Physical Education and Athletics, and Applied Exercises and Sport Physiology. Bob Girandola, associate professor of kinesiology who joined USC College in 1973 noted “Physiology of Exercise was the best book on the subject for its time.”
de Vries’ research focused on senior citizens and exercise. He was a big advocate for stretching as rehabilitation for aging. In addition, de Vries also conducted extensive research on Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases.
John Callaghan, a graduate student with de Vries in 1966 called his mentor “a first-class fellow and gentleman of the highest order. He was a brilliant man; he knew his subject,” Callaghan said. “At that time, he was among the leading exercise physiologists in the country. His Physiology of Exercise book was the bible in the field.” de Vries also authored many scholarly essays on physical fitness and aging, examining the effects of exercise on the quality of life and maintaining that the most important outcome of physical activity is stress reduction.
The American Association for Physical Activity and Recreation (AAPAR) named its Herbert A. de Vries Distinguished Research Award after the professor.
de Vries received the Silver Anniversary Award from the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports; the D.B. Dill Honor Award, Southwest Chapter, American Academy of Sports Medicine; and the Citation Award of the American College of Sports Medicine. He also served as vice president of the American College of Sports Medicine, and was a Fellow in the Gerontology Society of America.
Born Oct. 9, 1917 in New York, N.Y., de Vries was raised in the Teaneck-Ridgewood area of New Jersey. His father died when he was 14, and he worked throughout high school to help support his family.
“We were hard up against it, but I had a wonderful life in many ways,” de Vries said in 2001. “I was always active, and in the summers when I had a spare minute, I went to the beach. I loved to swim and I was doubly blessed because we also had some terrific lakes in the area. One of my favorite things was to get on my bike and ride to the best lake, take a swim and ride back. It was a 46-mile round-trip.”
His active youth morphed into a career in the field of exercise science. While he trained with weights and aquatics, he taught swimming and diving. In 1943, while stationed in central Texas with the Army Air Corps he began his graduate work in Austin. Interested in the sciences, he attended the then-USC College of Medicine. During his second year of medical school, his then-wife became ill and he dropped out to take care of his family. He took work operating the Long Beach Swim Club and became a professor at California State University, Long Beach before completing his Ph.D. at USC. In Southern California, de Vries was also an avid surfer, his widow said. de Vries enjoyed long walks on the beach and worked out on his rowing machine until his health took a turn for the worse in March. His widow described him as “a gentleman all the way.”
Dr. Catherine D. (Cathy) Ennis
January 12, 1953 – April 8, 2017
National Academy of Kinesiology – Fellow #381
Catherine Dunnington Ennis passed away on April 8th, 2017. She was born in Richmond, VA on January 12, 1953. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Lynchburg College in 1975 and her Master of Science in Physical Education from UNC Greensboro in 1977. Upon graduation, she was hired as head Field Hockey Coach at Duke University, where she continued until leaving to pursue a Ph.D. in Curriculum Theory and Development in Kinesiology at the University of Georgia (1984). She held faculty positions at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Maryland College Park, before returning to UNCG as Professor of Kinesiology in 2008.
Over her 40+ year career she consistently exemplified the highest standard as a mentor, teacher, researcher and author. Her scholarly work focused on physical education and physical activity programming in urban public schools. She received more than $3 Million in funding from the National Institutes of Health to design, implement, evaluate, and disseminate curricula to increase children’s and adolescents’ eagerness to participate in lifetime physical activity and to enhance their interest in the scientific basis of physical activity. Dr. Ennis co-authored/edited three books, authored or co-authored 25 book chapters, published more than 80 peer reviewed journal articles, and delivered over 175 presentations to international, national, and regional audiences. Dr. Ennis demonstrated exceptional integrity and epitomized quality and rigor in all aspects of her work.
All who knew her saw that she practiced what she preached – she set high standards and she held herself to them. Among her many awards and recognitions, she received the Distinguished Alumni Award from UNCG School of Health and Human Performance in 2009, the Alliance Scholar from the American Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD) in 2010, the Distinguished Senior Researcher Award from UNCG School of Health and Human Sciences in 2013 and shortly before her death, the SHAPE America Luther Halsey Gulick Medal in 2017, which recognizes one who exemplifies the highest standards of accomplishment, innovation, and leadership in the profession. She was an active Fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology, the American Educational Research Association (AERA), SHAPE America, and International Association for Physical Education in Higher Education. Throughout her career, she served in various leadership roles at the national, regional and institutional levels, including Past-President of SHAPE Research Consortium in 2010, and immediate Past-President of the National Academy of Kinesiology where she chaired last year’s program on “Frontiers in Kinesiology”….finishing well was important to her.
Above her many accomplishments, Cathy was foremost a teacher and mentor. From her research to her teaching it was clear this role was very important to her. She saw Physical Education as a vehicle for students to learn about the body and the benefits of a physically active lifestyle. She leaves a legacy of teachers and scholars whom she empowered to carry on that message and motivate children to make their lives better. She set high standards for her students, but was always supportive in the face of difficulties they might encounter. And, she was a mentor to more than just students. Cathy was an engaged and caring colleague who was always in mentoring mode …. willing to be a sounding board….willing to pass on the wisdom and knowledge she had gained through her storied career….willing to counsel junior faculty as to what they should and should not put their effort into…..willing to speak honestly and tell you what you needed to hear, not just what you wanted to hear….and other times to simply let you know that she supported you and had your back. As one faculty colleague put it – it was a special gift to receive.
Cathy had many interests, including travel, reading, and musical theater. She enjoyed participating in and watching all types of sport and outdoor physical activities and took great delight in watching and cheering for the Spartans. She was an expert in driving and maintaining a 38′ Class A RV while towing a vehicle to drive around to numerous vacation spots, including many national parks, along with her partner, JoAnne. She is survived by her partner JoAnne Safrit, her mother Shirley Merchant Ennis, her brother Jay Ennis and wife Kristina, her nephew Sean Ennis, her niece Julia Ennis Batters and husband Samuel, her great-niece Chloe Batters, and her beloved Schnauzer Keri.
Cathy Ennis was a giant in her field, a thought leader, and one of the most determined, passionate, and courageous women I know. Although her physical presence is sorely missed, the legacy of her life, work and friendships continue to be a powerful force in the most wonderful way.
Marvin H. Eyler
1920 – 2005
National Academy of Kinesiology – Fellow #202
Marvin H. Eyler was born in Allegany County, New York in 1920 and earned his A.B. at Houghton College in 1942. After serving in the Air Force during World War II, he pursued the Ph. D. in Physical Education at the University of Illinois under the legendary Seward Staley. His dissertation (1956), “Origins of Some Modern Sports,” was one of the first scholarly works in what we now know as sport history, a subfield he helped shape for more than thirty years. Along with Staley, Marv Eyler was instrumental in gaining section status for the history of sport within the National College Physical Education Association for Men in the early 1960s. Contemporaries attribute the founding of the North American Society for Sport History in large part to Marv’s organizational efforts, and he served as NASSH’s first president. Dr. Eyler also trained several generations of scholars, who, in turn, led the organization and produced significant scholarship.
Marv Eyler spent his professional career and with his wife, Kay, raised a family (John, Judy, and Bill) in Maryland. From 1956 until 1971, Dr. Eyler served as chair of the Department of Physical Education, and then took over the deanship of the College of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (now Health and Human Performance) until he retired in 1982. During his long tenure at Maryland, Eyler was elected to the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education (Fellow #202) and served as the Academy’s president in 1976-77. After they retired, Marv and Kay traveled extensively, studied, stayed in touch with “old” students, and had much more time for their children and grandchildren.
Those of us who knew Marv well understood his passions – for sport history (and physical education more broadly), for sports, and for his family. He had an engaging smile and sense of humor, and he was a fierce competitor, especially but not only in sports. His alma mater, Houghton College, inducted him into its “Hall of Honor” for his track and field prowess, and he received the college’s alumnus of the year award in 1972. During lunch hours, one would usually find him on the tennis courts, and during the summers, he climbed mountains, including two attempts at Mt. Everest.
About two years ago, Marv and Kay moved from their longtime home in Beltsville, Maryland to Riderwood Village in Silver Spring. Kay remains there and appreciates visits from “their” students and friends. A call or a visit now and then will help remind her of how much we respected him and loved both of them.
Written by Nancy Struna #343 and read by Jane Clark #348.
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.
Barbara Ellen Forker
1920 – 2010
National Academy of Kinesiology – Fellow #232
Dr. Barbara Forker, AAKPE Fellow # 232, professor, leader, and friend was born August 28, 1920, in Kendallville, IN and died on May 31, 2010, in Green Valley, AZ.
Barbara received her bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University (1942), a master’s degree from Iowa State University (1950), and her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan (1958). She came to Iowa State in 1948 as an instructor intending a brief stay while pursuing a master’s degree, but instead stayed until her retirement as distinguished professor emerita in 1986. Beginning in 1958 she headed the Women’s Physical Education Department and emerged as Head of a combined women’s and men’s departments in 1974. ISU was one of the early programs to merge departments and Barbara was one of few women to end up as head of the merged departments—a real tribute to her strength and leadership. Former colleagues recognize that Barbara held them to high expectations, but held herself to higher expectations. She once told her newly hired sport psychologist “I am not sure exactly what a sport psychologist does, but I do know this department needs one if we are going to keep improving!”
Her close friend Dr. Louis Alley, long-time professor and head at the University of Iowa, was always supportive of her academic and professional leadership. Barbara was a treasure to many lifelong friends. The facility she designed (early 1970s) at ISU was named in her honor in 1997.
Barbara was a leader at Iowa State University, in AAHPERD, and for the U.S. Olympics. When her eyes were steely blue it was obvious she was a firm woman who went after what she thought was right; when her eyes twinkled bright blue we saw a kind and gentle person. She loved Iowa State University, AAHPERD, and the field of physical education. Jan Beran, Barbara’s friend and colleague at ISU said “Barbara was the quintessential physical education professional. She set high standards for herself and her department, was an effective advocate for the department, and led it to be one of the most respected programs in the nation.”
Barbara served the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance in every possible way including as President in 1972-73. When she received AAHPERD’s highest honor, the Gulick Award in 1984, she was overcome by emotion and could not speak. She received many other awards including professor of the year and outstanding teacher at ISU, the AAHPERD Honor Award, Who’s Who of American Women, and Foremost Women of the Twentieth Century.
Barbara served on the U.S. Olympic Committee from 1975-1984 including its Executive Board from 1980-1984. President Gerald Ford’s appointed her to a Commission with eight senators and congressmen as well as several well-known sport figures to investigate and revise the nature of U.S. amateur sport. She was an often invited speaker on Olympic sports and Title IX issues with more than 100 presentations and numerous papers.
Barbara Forker influenced our field by leading an emerging women’s movement and as an administrator supporting a shift to science in physical education departments. She did this while working effectively with men and maintaining the important role of physical education as evidence-based practice. Barbara was a role model to many women in our field, a friend to the field and selflessly dedicated to Iowa State.
Submitted by Jerry R. Thomas, Ed.D., Fellow #299, Dean and Professor, College of Education, University of North Texas, Professor and Chair Emerita, Iowa State University
Margaret G. Fox
1912 – 2010
National Academy of Kinesiology – Fellow #145
Physical educator Margaret Gertrude Fox was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, in 1912. As a child Fox disliked her physical education classes and wished to be a dancer. After graduating from high school Fox’s family bought and moved to a twenty-eight room boarding house near the University of Minnesota. By running the facility, Fox and her two siblings were able to attend the university while living at home, leaving tuition as the only expense. Originally planning on being a librarian, Fox changed her plans when she found out that the degree had a language requirement. Physical education was heavily science oriented and did not have the language requirement, both to her liking. She transferred into physical education at the end of her freshman year and received a BS degree from the University of Minnesota in 1933. Within the year Fox began her career as a teacher of physical education at Bryant Junior High School in Minneapolis, until 1935, when she began teaching at the Duluth State Teachers College until 1940.
Once completing her master’s degree at Columbia University in 1940, Fox taught kinesiology at West Virginia University for three years. She continued her graduate work at the University of Wisconsin where she would have been the first PhD graduate in the area of kinesiology. At Wisconsin she began as a graduate assistant, and then became an instructor and finally an assistant professor. However, due to the absence of a viable plan of study, Fox transferred to the State University of Iowa (now The University of Iowa) where she completed her PhD in physical education in 1949, with a focus on anatomy and kinesiology.
Fox joined the University of Iowa staff as an associate professor in 1949 and was promoted to full professorship within seven years. She taught anatomy and later kinesiology, correctives or adapted physical education, swimming and relaxation courses until her retirement in 1980. In addition to her role as an instructor, Fox was the department chairperson from 1974 to 1978. She was first appointed as interim chairperson when a search committee could not agree on a candidate. The following year Fox formally applied with a new batch of applicants, and was elected to the position.
Fox’s teaching extended beyond the university with radio and locally televised exercise programs. Students demonstrated the moves while she explained the exercises. Fox also taught as an exchange teacher at the Anstey Physical Training College in Birmingham, England from 1951-1952.
Fox spoke and published extensively about her research on posture and feet. Her doctoral dissertation was on the foot, an interest she had developed while working in a foot clinic at Wisconsin. Fox’s mentor, Gladys M. Scott, was conducting research for the army on the hand. Fox followed suit and proposed a project to the army dealing with the design of army boots and how they would affect the performance of an infantry soldier. During her three years of research, Fox tested variations in boot construction and ROTC men were required to participate in the research experiments. After three years of data collection Fox wrote up her report. The master and only copy was stolen from her car after which Fox dedicated another year to rewriting the document from the raw data. Fox dedicated four years to the army boot research and was not allowed to write any publications with the classified material.
Fox served her profession as an elected member of research and editorial committees. She was president of the Central Association for Physical Education of College Women and the Iowa Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (IAHPER), and vice president of the Central Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation. Fox served as editor for a number of academic journals such as the Research Quarterly, the Journal of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, and the Journal of Physical Education. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, Kappa Delta Pi, and Pi Lambda Theta honorary societies, the American Academy of Physical Education, and fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine. The American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation presented Fox with the Honor Award in 1958.
Fox’s dedication to education continues through two scholarships. The Margaret Fox Scholarship is awarded to an undergraduate major in the Department of Physical Education for Women (now the Department of Health and Leisure Studies). In 2005 Fox established the Dr. Margaret Fox Presidential Scholarship for Study Abroad to support students interested in international learning experiences.
Submitted by: Catriona M. Parratt, Associate Professor, Department of American Studies, The University of Iowa
Dr. Antoinette M. (Ann) Gentile
August 28, 1936 – February 7, 2016
National Academy of Kinesiology – Fellow #270
Antoinette (Ann) Gentile, Professor Emerita at Teachers College, Columbia University and fellow #270, passed away at the age of 79 on February 7, 2016. She was a leader in Movement Science and Neuromotor research. She spent 44 years at Teachers College on the faculties of Movement Science and Psychology, and was a pioneer in applying theories of brain function to treatment of patients with movement disorders, ushering in a new era in the rehabilitation of those who had experienced strokes or neurological conditions affecting movement. She also established the first program of study exclusively devoted to “motor learning” and mentored many of the field’s current leaders.
Ann Gentile was born and raised in New York City. She attended Brooklyn College and then, during the early 1960’s, Indiana University, where she began a Ph.D. in Physical Education, studying the motor functions of high-performance athletes and dancers. She was hired as an instructor at Teachers College in 1964 with her Physical Education dissertation still underway. After completion, she was hired in 1966 as an Assistant Professor at Teachers College. Lawrence Locke, fellow #240 was on the search committee at the time, and at her retirement celebration in 2008, noted that “we knew we had caught a tiger by its tail.” In 1972, while on the faculty, she completed a second doctorate, in Neuropsychology at the State University of New York at Stony Brook, simply to further her scholarly interests and expand her expertise.
In a classic paper published more than 40 years ago, “A Working Model of Skill Acquisition with Application to Teaching,” Ann argued that neuromotor skills are acquired in distinct stages, with a learner’s present stage having implications for teaching or treatment. In her “Taxonomy of Tasks”, omnipresent in many Motor Learning textbooks, she grouped tasks according to the structure of the environment in which they are performed. For example, a person walking on flat ground can learn movement by rote practice, whereas someone walking on varied terrain must develop more flexibility to produce varying types of steps. The implications for teaching motor skills were profound. In an interview for Teachers College Oral History project in 2009, she elaborated on this notion. “If the task involves objects and people that don’t vary, then you can set practice that way, but if a task involves motion in the environment and that motion necessarily changes from trial to trial, then practice has to be structured differently.” She pointed out that this idea met with great resistance from physical educators. “They used to start by teaching the ‘perfect movement,’ with students practicing a swing with no ball and no racquet. The problem was when you got in a game, you had one swing and the task required that you generate 25,000 different patterns, each one uniquely organized to fit the diverse environmental conditions. So my story to the physical educators was, ‘You have to put them in an open environment right from the start.’ They thought that was outrageous – ‘Are you saying that a student learning tennis should be given a racquet and a ball and start to play tennis immediately?’ I said, ‘Exactly.’ ‘Are you saying you wouldn’t teach them the form?’ ‘Yes, that’s right.’”
Ann’s work was highly interdisciplinary, cutting across the fields of Physical Education, Psychology and Neuroscience. Her rather unconventional path worked to her advantage. She noted in her interview “Here I was, a neuropsychologist working with students in applied areas, helping to start the Neuroscience & Education program, one of the early members of the Society for Neuroscience but in a niche area called Motor Learning, which involves the neurosciences and biomechanics and behavioral analysis like experimental psychology. So I wasn’t in any one of those fields. I was in a field that I was instrumental in making up.”
In her early work, which would now be considered at the forefront of translational science, Ann conducted groundbreaking biomechanical analyses of movement in rats. After carefully lesioning the animals’ cortices, she and her students observed the rats performing difficult tasks and recorded changes in motor behavior with high-speed film. Until then, movements were typically quantified by reaction or movement time. Their painstaking work instead showed exactly how the movement was reorganized after the lesions. The work elucidated her impact of the environment on brain function and the potential for behavioral change. She was an early champion of the concept of “neuroplasticity,” where the brain can reorganize following damage, shifting functions to undamaged regions.
This work, as well as her Taxonomy of Motor Skills and her insights on implicit/explicit learning, theorizing that there is a progression from explicit (achieving the general form of movement) to implicit (development of automaticity, without conscious awareness), all had profound implications for Neurorehabilitation. Ann applied her conceptual framework to physical rehabilitation, arguing that while much early learning occurs in the implicit realm, a patient’s cognitive abilities determine what treatments will be successful. Again, her message ran counter to conventional wisdom, which held that recovery was externally imposed by the therapist. “The physical therapists would get these poor stroke patients down on the floor, doing very simple tasks, because the idea was that you had to regress back to get recovery after a stroke and re-learn as though you were an infant,” Gentile said in her Oral History interview. “The therapist would move the individual through the movement on the assumption that that passive movement was going to facilitate their recovery. So the perspective we were bringing, that unless the patient actively moves on his own there will be no reorganization in the nervous system, was quite radical.” Her Taxonomy provided a framework for therapists to structure the environment to best improve function. “The behavior that dominates our daily lives is directed toward the accomplishment of goals. It is aimed at a specific purpose or end that we are trying to achieve. It is intentional, linked to outcomes we are attempting to produce. It has the quality of perseverance. Goal-directed behavior is guided by the consequences it produces- by feedback as to how close or how far away we are from accomplishing our objective.” (Gentile 2000, p112). Her message was that the teacher or therapist should not mislead the learner by telling them a form that they think will work. Instead, establish the goal, set up the regulatory stimulus conditions (environment) and let the patient problem-solve the solution based on their body constraints.
Along with her colleagues, Ann established the first interdisciplinary graduate program in Motor Learning at Teachers College. Many graduates became leaders in Kinesiology, Physical Education and Rehabilitation (especially Physical and Occupational Therapy). Ann directly influenced many hundreds of therapists in the program to practice and develop the motor learning approach directly with patients. Her ideas remain an accepted component of virtually all curricula in Physical Rehabilitation and influence the training of new rehabilitation therapists to this day.
Ann’s career required more than overcoming entrenched scientific views. In 1976 she was the first woman to be promoted to Full Professor in Teachers College’s Division of Instruction. To overcome the biases of the peer review process, which favored men, Gentile also avoided using her first name, submitting and publishing papers as “A.M. Gentile.” She liked to tell the story of how she was once invited to an international neuroscience conference, and had put ‘A.M. Gentile’ next to her title for the program. She was at the opening reception when a scholar saw Gentile on her name tag, and said how he very much looked forward to meeting her eminent husband, A.M. Gentile.”
Ann’s contribution to the field was widely recognized. She was an Associate Editor for the Journal of Motor Behavior, the Journal of Human Movement Studies, and Motor Skills: Theory into Action, and was on several other editorial boards. She gave many keynote talks, including to the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport & Physical Activity in 1998. She was inducted into to The Academy in 1980. She was deeply committed to her students and to Teachers College. She had served as both Department Chair and Division Director. In 2009 she received the Teachers College Medal for Distinguished Service to Education. Upon receiving the Medal at the Convocation Ceremony, she provided the newly minted doctoral students hard-earned advice: “Hold fast to the questions and issues about which you are passionate.”
Ann will be sorely missed by friends, family, and colleagues. Her legacy continues through and her many students she influenced through teaching and research, and the patients who receive rehabilitation based on the motor learning principles she so passionately fostered.
Prepared by Andrew Gordon, Fellow #519, and adapted in part from the memoriam developed by the Teachers College, Columbia University External Affairs Office. Contributions are being accepted to the A.M. Gentile Scholarship Fund in Motor Learning at Teachers College.
October 13, 1920 – March 11, 2011
National Academy of Kinesiology – International Fellow
Dr. Ema Geron was born in Bulgaria on 13 October 1920 and passed away in Jerusalem, Israel on 11 March 2011 at the age of 90. Dr. Geron began her academic career at the National Sport Academy in Bulgaria. She was promoted to Full Professor, and chaired Psychology Department in NSP, Bulgaria. A pioneer in Sport Psychology, she published several of the first books in the world in Sport Psychology. In Bulgaria, she established the first sport laboratory aimed at studying the mental and emotional components related to elite sport performance. Her research centered on psychological preparation of athletes for competition, concentration and volition, and psychological characteristics of athletes as a function of sport-type; all of which were considered milestones for the newly established domain of sport psychology. Her research on gymnastics with a special focus on female athletes may be considered as the dawn of the gender perspective in sport psychology.
In 1973, Dr. Geron emigrated to Israel in 1973 with her husband to Israel as a consequence of political problems that her husband had encountered; after which she was no longer considered a representative of Bulgaria in various International forums, and was forced to resign from all her duties, including the FEPSAC presidency. She was also expelled from all her positions and duties by the Bulgarian organization that she has led and established.
Once in Israel, Dr. Ema Geron was the first to develop the sport psychology laboratory in what is now known as the Ribstein Center for Sport Medicine and Research) at the Wingate Institute in the city of Netanya. During her work in Israel, Professor Ema Geron taught sport psychology, motivation in sport, and motor learning to the undergraduate and graduate classes using her book entitled Mental Preparation for Athletes, which was translated from German to Hebrew in 1976). While there, she continued to conduct research with her colleagues and graduate students. She edited several books, and published scientific and applied articles on sport psychology and motor learning (mainly in Hebrew), and continued to do so long after retiring at the age of 65. She also published several textbooks in English, including Children in Sport, and Introduction to Sport Psychology. Ema kept to a rigorous writing schedule until a few months before she died at the age of 90 with the publication of her last textbooks, titled Motivation in Sport and Physical Education, and Motivation for Physical Activity and Sport; the latter being co-authored with Shulamit Raviv and Ronnie Lidor.
Ema was also instrumental in co-founding the European Association for Sport Psychology, where she was elected as its first President. She considered this organization as “her baby,” and navigated the federation through the first stormy years. Later on in Israel she established the Israel Sport Psychology and Sociology Society. She was elected as its first President, and went on to organize several more international and national conferences in sport psychology and motor learning in Israel.
Ema continued her involvement in international organizations by serving as the Israeli liaison of the National Academy of Kinesiology and the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP). For her major contributions to the field of Sport and Exercise Psychology, the ISSP awarded her the Distinguished International Sport Psychologist Award in 1993; an honor given to only five scholars since the establishment of the society in 1965.
On March 11 of 2011, the international Sport Psychology community lost a very unique person, a strong woman in the mostly male-dominated sport psychology world at that time, a great colleague, and gentle friend. Dr. Ema Geron will be remembered as a great woman who left a great legacy. Let her soul rest in peace.
Adapted from International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 9, 99-101 (2011).
Margie R. Hanson
1921 – 2003
National Academy of Kinesiology – Fellow #222
Dr. Margie R. Hanson, was born March 29, 1921 in Minneapolis, MN. After earning her B.S. degree in Physical Education at the University of Minnesota, Margie began her teaching career at Spooner High School, Wisconsin and served as an itinerant demonstration teacher for elementary school physical education in the Minneapolis Public schools. While there, Margie she was cited for her role in television teaching in the early development of television in the city of Minneapolis. Margie completed her master’s and doctoral degree programs at the University of Washington, and held teaching positions in the Department of Physical Education for Women at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and the University of Indiana.
Margie lived and worked in the Washington, D.C. area for more than 30 years, which included being Executive Director for the American Alliance for Health and Physical Health, Recreation, and Dance. She was recognized nationally and internationally for her leadership in and advocacy for children’s Physical Education and dance. In a 1971 speech at the Iowa’s State AAHPER conference, Margie stated “Elementary School Physical Education is the basis of child development, and, thus the profession”.
One of the smartest moves ever made by the AAHPER Alliance occurred in 1965 when it hired Margie Hanson to be the first elementary physical education consultant for this organization. During the first six years of her tenure at AAHPERD, Margie worked solely on promoting elementary physical education for children. She was also the driving force behind the establishment of the Council on Physical Education for Children, and served as Executive Director of the National Dance Association. During this time she was able to develop a unique link between COPEC and NDA.
Margie was way ahead of her time in that she was breaking down silo’s well before that became the new buzzword. She developed close ties between AAHPER and numerous other professional organizations and Government offices, including the Office of Early Childhood Education, the Division of Learning Disabilities, the Association of Classroom Teachers, and the Department of Elementary School Principals to name but a few.
In addition to providing leadership to COPEC, NDA and AAHPER(D) Margie served as Chair of the National Arts Assembly, and was a panel moderator for the White House Conference on Arts in Education. She was a member of the White House Committee for the International Year of the Child, a member of the National Coalition for Education in the Arts, and served as a board member for organizations such as the Alliance for Arts Education, the National Committee on Arts for the Handicapped, and the Child Development associate Consortium. She was a board member for the Coalition for Children and Youth, and the Child Development Association.
Margie focused her research on motor performance testing of elementary school-aged children. In addition to being inducted as Fellow in the American Academy of Kinesiology, Margie was the recipient of many professional honors, including the Gulick Award (AAHPERD’s highest award), the National Dance Association Heritage Award, and the Society of State Directors Significant Achievement Award, among many others.
Carl Troster, former Honorary Secretary General of ICHPER once noted that “No one person has given so much of her time, energy, and professional dedication for the advancement of physical education programs for children” Margie was the heart and soul of children’s Physical Education and dance throughout the last three decades of the 20th century. She retired in 2000, at the age of 79. Her death in August of 2003 marked the passing of one of AAHPERD’s true Leading Ladies.
James G. (Jim) Hay
1936 – 2002
National Academy of Kinesiology – Fellow #249
James G. (Jim) Hay, Professor Emeritus, University of Iowa, died on August 1, 2002 at his home in Mount Maunganui, New Zealand after a courageous battle with cancer.
Jim was born in Waipukurau, Hawkes Bay, New Zealand on November 5, 1936. An accomplished pole vaulter in his day and an active sportsman all his life, he received his Diploma in Physical Education from the University of Otago in 1956. After completing a teacher training year at the University of Canterbury, from 1958-1963 he was Head of Physical Education at Hawera District High School in Taranaki where his wife Hilary also taught. Their two daughters, Linda and Karen, were both born in Hawera.
Motivated to improve his understanding of the mechanical basis of human performance in sport, Jim enrolled in the physical education graduate program at the University of Iowa. After earning an M.A. in 1965 and a Ph.D. in 1967, he returned to the University of Otago as a Lecturer. He was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1968. Jim also had a very successful coaching career which led to his being named New Zealand Track and Field Coach for the 1969 Pacific Conference Games in Tokyo. In 1971, he accepted a position in what became the Department of Exercise Science at the University of Iowa where he remained until his retirement in 1998. Upon his return to his native New Zealand, he continued his research and writing and was associated with the Department of Sport and Exercise Science at the University of Auckland.
Throughout his professional career, Jim set the standard of excellence in the field of sport biomechanics: excellence in teaching, research, writing, conference presentations and contributions to the sport science profession. He had a variety of interests, read widely and had a keen wit.
Jim was instrumental in the founding of the American Society of Biomechanics in 1977 and served as its third president in 1980-81. In 1985, he became president of the International Society of Biomechanics. He contributed his editorial expertise to numerous professional publications including the Kinesiology series sponsored by AAHPERD, Exercise and Sports Science Reviews, Journal of Biomechanics, International Journal of Sport Biomechanics, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, and the Journal of Sports Sciences. Jim served on the selection committee for the inaugural International Olympic Committee (IOC) Olympic Prize which was awarded in 1996 and was a charter member of the IOC Academy of Science founded in 1998.
The doctoral program in biomechanics that Jim developed at the University of Iowa was world-renowned for its quality and rigor. Its graduates are highly respected and hold positions of leadership in academia and international biomechanics and sport science organizations.
Jim was a much sought after keynote speaker for international meetings. His presentations were always original and thought-provoking. They reflected his ability to synthesize and integrate research findings (his own and others), to draw out general principles and reveal original insights. These meetings also provided him with an opportunity to interact one-on-one with participants. From graduate students to professional colleagues, he was always sincerely interested in their projects and took time to discuss their questions as well as topics of mutual concern. Jim provided generous feedback and encouragement whether at conferences or through his newsy emails. No one or two liners for Jim!
Jim’s keen insight into the mechanics of many sports and his ability to interpret the significance of theory and research findings for practice were also evidenced in his landmark and highly successful textbook Biomechanics of Sports Techniques which went through four editions (1973, 1978, 1985 and 1993). His research focused mainly on the theoretical basis and practical applications of skills related to track and field and swimming. It included innovative methods of data collection and analysis and the preparation of reports detailing the strengths and weaknesses of the performances of individual U.S. Olympic athletes. But Jim did considerably more than analyze the mechanics of individual sports. He sought to discover underlying principles that could be applied across similar sport categories. His model identifying factors limiting performance was widely adopted as an approach to understanding the biomechanics of many different sports. General principles linking various types of locomotion (cycle rate and cycle length) appeared in the Journal of Applied Biomechanics the month of his death. His publications (over 150 in total), like his presentations, were always carefully thought out and made significant contributions to the body of knowledge in sport science.
As his wife Hilary indicated, Jim felt that he had lived a ‘charmed’ life. He believed that he had been very fortunate in his career and, even though he was still overflowing with projects he would have liked to have investigated, his life had been filled with such a lot that many other people never got near in their lifetimes. That may be true, but it is also the case that Jim generously gave back far more than he received – to his family, to his friends and to his colleagues. We are deeply saddened by Jim’s passing but those who knew him are grateful to have crossed his path. He has left a legacy of excellence, a significant body of literature, and a broad sphere of personal influence such that future generations surely will be enriched by his contributions.
Prepared by Doris Miller, Fellow #288, and Betty Atwater, Fellow #313, who acknowledge with special thanks information provided by Hilary Hay, Barry Wilson and Bruce Elliott and the photo courtesy of Hilary and Jim’s daughter Linda.
Elizabeth R. (Betty) Hayes
1911 – 2007
National Academy of Kinesiology – Fellow #203
Elizabeth (Betty) Roths Hayes, Professor Emeriti of Dance, University of Utah, was born on July 3, 1911, in Ithaca, New York to Emily Roths and Leslie Hayes. She was an only child. She passed away peacefully in her sleep on September 7, 2007. Betty lived a full and productive life. Her mind and memory were sharp and alert until the day she died at age 96. Although she never married and had no family of her own, her true family was her many friends, mostly from the faculty and students of the Modern Dance Department at the University of Utah.
Betty traveled around the world several times. She was adventurous and lucky to be able to visit most places before they became tourist attractions. She was able to photograph many of the illustrations for her book “The Evolution of Visual, Literary and Performing Arts” which was published when she was 93. The history of the arts was her passion. She wrote four books on teaching dance and dance composition/ production which were mandatory texts in the field for many years.
Her teaching career at the University of Utah spanned 48 years, most of these years she was Director and Chair of Modern Dance. She founded and built the department, adding the dance major in 1953. She developed a high school certification program for the state and placed all the teachers for many years. Prior to Utah, she taught in college programs in Fairmont, West Virginia, and Rockford, Illinois.
Betty held a B.A. from West Virginia University, an M.S. from the University of Wisconsin, and an Ed.D. from Stanford University. She was one of five pioneers, fondly called the “Vintage Ladies” who collaborated to develop modern dance departments throughout the U.S. She twice served as president of the National Dance Association and was a charter member and President of the National Council of Dance Administrators. Her lifetime of work has earned her 23 honors and awards given nationally, by the University, and by the State of Utah.
A memorial was held on Oct. 6 at the Marriott Center for Dance in the “Hayes Christensen Theatre”, named in her honor, on the University of Utah campus.
Published in the Deseret News from 9/15/2007 – 9/16/2007.
Dr. Kalevi T. M. (Kale) Heinilä
1924 – 2022
National Academy of Kinesiology – International Fellow
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of International Fellow Dr. Kalevi (Kale) Heinilä who passed away at the age of 98 on July 30th, 2022. Dr. Heinilä served as the Rector (President) of the University of Jyväskylä from 1977-1982 and was considered to be one of the forefathers of Sport Sociology. He was a productive scholar across his career producing articles and books that significantly contributed to the establishment of sport sociology as a discipline. Two visiting scholar visits to the USA, one at the University of California, Berkeley under Herbert Blumer, and the other as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign with Gunther Luschen added to his global understanding of sport and his passion to develop international relationships within sport sociology.
Born in Salo, Finland in 1924, he went on to fight in the second world war in his teens becoming an officer of the army. Following the war Dr. Heinilä became a physical education teacher and subsequently studied at the University of Helsinki, majoring in sociology. He received his PhD at the University of Helsinki in 1959 studying “Leisure and Sport”. In 1965, Dr. Heinilä became the country’s first professor of physical education developing and leading the new Faculty of Physical Education at the University of Jyväskylä. As his work developed, he went on to be Finland’s first professor of sport sociology, Dean of the Faculty, and subsequently Rector of the University of Jyväskylä.
Dr. Heinilä was one of the founders of the International Committee of Sociology of Sport and served for 15 years as an executive board member and also Vice President of the organization. He is regarded by his peers as one of the most internationally renowned Finnish sports scientists. His scholarship was focused on issues related to sport and physical activity and their role in society. He is best known for his analysis of the totalization of international sport but also explored sport and international understanding, women and sport, as well as the sport club as a social organization. He is seen as a pioneer in the field who was ahead of his time, and he continued to make contributions to the literature until his final years.
On a personal level Dr. Heinilä was an ardent exerciser across his lifespan engaging in cycling, tennis, gymnastics, rowing and skiing. His cottage on the shores of Lake Päijänne were the center for visits from academic friends, his four children, 11 grandchildren and 6 greatgrandchildren. He was a charismatic figure who loved to debate friends and family alike, and who willingly fought for importance and value of sport.
Dr. Heinilä was an important pioneer in Finnish sport research and teaching, and also a profound reformer of Finnish sport culture. In recognition of his many contributions to sport, sport sociology, and science, he was inducted into the Finnish Sports Hall of Fame in 2019. His remarkable contribution will live on.
NAK would like to acknowledge the article in the April 2022 edition of the International Sport Sociology bulletin as a source for this memorial.
Marilyn M. Hinson
July 15, 1932 – January 17, 2005
National Academy of Kinesiology – Fellow #271
Dr. Marilyn Marie Hinson (AAKPE Member #271), age 72, retired from Texas Woman’s University since 1992 and living in Heber Springs, Arkansas, died Monday, January 17, 2005, after a multi-year battle with esophageal cancer. Many of us, both faculty colleagues and ex-students, visited Marilyn and her companion Dr Barbara Gench over the years, enjoyed their hospitality, and the beauty of the wooded setting, near a fish-filled lake, where their mobile home sat. Always present, also, was Pepper, Marilyn’s beloved black cocker spaniel. Like all of Marilyn’s dogs of the past, Pepper could do more tricks than any animal we’d ever seen. As with human students, Marilyn was a phenomenal teacher of canines, and many of us went to her for help in training our own dogs. Generally Marilyn and Barbara entertained out-of-doors, where we spent hours entertained by Marilyn’s gift for telling anecdotes, stories, and jokes. She was conversationally one of the most fluent and interesting persons I ever known and was always surrounded by a circle of appreciative friends sitting around a campfire or at a picnic table. This was true also on the many RV camping trips that Marilyn instigated after moving to Arkansas, when she and several friends from Denton joined a women’s RV group and took to the road for days at a time as a means of continuing to see each other on a regular basis and to enjoy the leisurely lakeside living that fulltime employment at TWU had made impossible.
Marilyn Hinson was born in El Paso, Texas, on July 15, 1932, and grew up as an only child. She graduated from high school in Dening, NM, earned a bachelor’s degree from Western New Mexico University, a master’s degree from Indiana University, and a doctoral degree from the University of Minnesota. Before joining TWU’s faculty in 1970, she taught at Beloit College and the University of Wisconsin at River Falls. When I first met Marilyn in 1970, she was still limping from a serious ski accident and was totally ready to return home to Texas. She never talked much about the past, but I gathered that she had taught a variety of subjects, mostly oriented toward exercise physiology and biomechanics, and had coached basketball.
In 1970, I was teaching all of TWU’s biomechanics (then called anatomy and kinesiology) as well as the research classes afforded by our College, and Marilyn and I got acquainted as we divided up the tremendous amount of work “in the science areas” to be done in the College of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (later this became the Kinesiology Department), where faculty (regardless of tenure and rank) typically taught 4 or 5 courses each semester and, if qualified, also directed at least 6 master’s theses and doctoral dissertations. Academy member and AAHPERD leader, Anne Schley (Nancy) Duggan, was still Dean, and this was the era that we old-timers now call “the Golden Age.” We worked day and night, because Dean Duggan expected it and because she had attracted a group of faculty who loved their work and were strongly committed to the 2-year requirement of physical education for all university students as part of their liberal education (equal to the other academic subjects) and to high quality professional preparation.
Marilyn taught a variety of courses and directed much research during the tenures of Deans Anne Schley Duggan, Aileene Lockhart, and Jane Mott. As a teacher, researcher, advisor, mentor, and committee chair, Marilyn was one of the hardest workers I have ever seen. Moreover, I have never known a classroom teacher as much beloved and revered as Marilyn Hinson. Within our College, Marilyn was the one to computerize the teaching of statistics as well as the functioning of our secretaries and willing faculty. Small wonder that, when the time was right, she was elected by our faculty to be Chair of the Kinesiology Department and later Dean of the College!!!
Soon, however, upper level administration wanted Marilyn, and she could never say “No.” First, she accepted the position of Registrar and Director of Admissions, with the expectation that she would computerize this office and later the entire campus. This accomplished, she was appointed Provost of the University and recognized as a leader of university-wide activities, including writing of the final reports of numerous accreditation studies and other administrative endeavors. For a while, Marilyn tried to teach one or two classes in addition to her fulltime administrative positions, because she loved the teaching so much. But this was impossible!!! Marilyn, attired in a dress and heels each day (the expectation at TWU at the time), worked day and night. Her friends (including me) seldom saw her. When Marilyn retired in 1992, she almost immediately left Denton for the beautiful wooded lot in Arkansas, a chance to enjoy nature, fishing, golf, old and new friends, and all of the things that she had denied herself for years. We miss her greatly.
Written and read by Claudine Sherrill #298.
James H. Humphrey
February 26, 1911 – July 11, 2008
National Academy of Kinesiology – Fellow #179
James H. Humphrey, professor emeritus of physical education at the University of Maryland passed away on July 11, 2008, at the age of 97. Dr. Humphrey received his bachelor’s degree from Denison University, his master’s degree from Western Reserve University and his doctor’s degree from Boston University.
From 1937 to 1949 he was director of health and physical education at Bedford High School in Bedford, Ohio. Dr. Humphrey enlisted in the Navy and served from 1943 to 1945 as an Athletic Specialist at the Great Lakes Naval Training Center in Great Lakes, Illinois. After receiving his doctorate from Boston University in 1951 he became an assistant professor of physical education at Michigan State University. In 1953, he became as associate professor of physical education and health at the University of Maryland in College Park and was promoted to full professor in 1956 where he taught until he retired at age 70. Additionally, he held visiting professorships at Colorado State College, University of Hawaii and Texas A&M.
As a notable researcher and author, Dr. Humphrey was the recipient of many honors and awards during his career. He authored or coauthored 63 books and edited 43 others. He also published several children’s books and created a series of educational record albums. His more than 200 articles and research papers have appeared in more than 20 different national and international journals and magazines. The major thrust of Professor Humphrey’s research was in the area of child learning through motor activity. His development of the AMAV Technique of teaching reading through movement was widely used to assist children who had problems in learning to read, perceptual difficulties, motor deficiencies, stress and certain personality dysfunctions. At the time of his death, he was the editor of the Journal of Contemporary Athletics.
Dr. Humphrey was inducted as a fellow of the American Academy of Physical Education in 1966. He was also the recipient of the R. Tate McKenzie Award, the highest citation by the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.
As an athlete himself, Dr. Humphrey was recognized as one of the outstanding middle distance runners of the Midwest during his undergraduate days at Denison University. As captain of the Denison Tracksters in 1933, he led his team to the Ohio conference Title by winning the 440 yard dash and the 880 yard dash. Prior to entering the Navy, Dr. Humphrey coached for six years at Bedford High School where he set an enviable coaching record. He coached the Varsity Track Team of the U.S. Navy Training Center at Great Lakes and had an undefeated season in 1945.
After his retirement, not only did he continue writing and publishing he continued his own personal fitness regimen running three times a week until age 95.
In recognition of Dr. Humphrey’s accomplishments the University of Maryland, Department of Kinesiology recently established the James H. Humphrey Graduate Student Published Research Award that is given each spring to the best published paper first authored by a graduate student in Kinesiology.
Dr. Richard Gay Israel
November 16, 1950 – April 16, 2016
National Academy of Kinesiology – Fellow #364
Richard Gay Israel, passed away peacefully on April 16, 2016. Gay was born November 16, 1950, in Americus, GA, and grew up on a peanut farm. He had a love for sports, specifically baseball and football, in which he starred during his high school years. He received a baseball scholarship at ABAC Junior College in Tifton, GA. Following that with an athletic scholarship at Appalachian State University, earning a Bachelor’s degree in physical education. In his junior year, the Appalachian State Mountaineers earned a trip to the NAIA College World Series where Gay starred as the center fielder.
While still a student at Appalachian State, he met his wife Karan at New Hope Baptist Church in Earl, N.C. Their first date was a sledding trip on the Blue Ridge Parkway. They married in 1973 and both attended Appalachian State where Gay received his Master’s degree. In 1974 he furthered his graduate work receiving a Doctorate in exercise physiology from West Virginia University.
Gay started his career at Howard University in Washington, DC, establishing the Howard University Human Performance Lab. He then moved to East Carolina University in Greenville, NC, in 1981 founding the institution’s nationally recognized Human Performance Lab. He founded and directed the Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factor Identification/Reduction Program. During those years, Gay and Karan welcomed two sons into their family. Gay taught his sons baseball, enjoyment of the outdoors, especially fishing and hunting, and even yard work. He rarely missed any of his sons sporting events.
Accepting the Department Head position at Colorado State University, he moved his family to Fort Collins in 1996. While at CSU he established the Human Performance Clinical Research Laboratory, which holds the distinction of being a CSU Program of Research and Scholarly Excellence. Gay’s 18 year tenure as department head was characterized by a tripling of undergraduate enrollment, the development of a new Ph.D. program, and fourfold growth in research expenditures.
Gay was blessed to have grown up in a Christian family, and he received Christ personally as a teen. He has fought the good fight, finished the course, and kept the faith and has inspired many especially during his cancer battle. Gay is home with the LORD today. Gay is survived by his wife Karan and sons: Wes (Lauren) of Denver, and Alex (Megan), grandson, Graham, of Highlands Ranch, brothers Dan Israel of Raleigh, NC, and Renza Israel of Pine Mountain, GA. Gay is predeceased by his parents, Alva (Scrap) and Marie Israel, and sister, Judy Burgess. A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 20 at Faith Evangelical Free Church, 3920 South Shields Street, Fort Collins, 80526. In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts toward an academic scholarship established in Gay’s name may be made online or mailed to the Colorado State University Foundation, 410 University Services Center, Fort Collins, CO 80523-9100, with “Richard Gay Israel HES Scholarship Endowment #72705” in the memo line.
Allen W. Jackson, Ph.D., FNAK
August 5, 2020
National Academy of Kinesiology – Member #428
Dr. Allen W. Jackson, NAK Fellow #428 passed away August 5, 2020 after a brief illness at the age of 69. Dr. Jackson was elected a NAK Fellow in 2002. Allen, a native Texan, attended public schools in Houston, Texas. Allen completed his BS degree at the University of Houston and MS degree at Lamar University. He then returned to the University of Houston where he was mentored by Andrew S. (Tony) Jackson, NAK Fellow #285, completing his doctoral degree in 1978. His area of expertise was measurement and research in physical education/kinesiology. Allen spent his entire academic career at the University of North Texas (Denton, Texas), where he served as Department Chair for 7.5 years. His academic work included 3 books and more than 250 scientific articles. His research focused on the relations between physical activity and health outcomes in children, youth, and adults. He twice received the AAHPERD Research Consortium’s Research Writing Award. He presented his work annually at national meetings, principally AAHPERD and the ACSM. He was an excellent mentor to graduate students, often guiding them to present at national meetings and subsequently publishing their research. He was a member of the President’s Council on Physical Fitness Sports & Nutrition Science Board (2007 –2011). His 3-year NIH Award “Participation and Training in Health Sciences (PATHS),” was directed toward increasing the representation of Hispanics in health/science professions by delivering a school-based culturally competent curriculum to inner-city high school students.
He was an active member of the National Academy of Kinesiology, AAHPERD (now SHAPE America), the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and the Texas Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine. Allen believed that all of us in kinesiology/physical education/physical activity/health are “health educators” because we are helping individuals adopt and maintain physically active lifestyles that impact healthy living and quality of life. Throughout his life Allen engaged in physical activity nearly daily. Allen lived what he conducted research on and his life illustrated the impact that physical activity has on quality of life. His life and work significantly (p< .001) impacted the lives of countless students, colleagues, and individuals around the world.
Prepared by James R. Morrow, Jr. (#341) and Andrew S. Jackson (#285).
Ann Elizabeth Jewett
July 30, 1921 – March 1, 2011
National Academy of Kinesiology – Fellow #180
Ann Elizabeth Jewett, Fellow #180, passed away on March 1, 2011 in Commerce, GA. Born July 30, 1921 in Kingston, NY, Dr. Jewett grew up in Clarks Summit, PA. After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in physical education from Oberlin College in 1941, Ann taught physical education at Kingston High School in New York, and in 1944 enlisted as an ensign in the United States Navy (WAVE). Following her war-time service, she remained in the Naval Reserve, retiring at the rank of Captain. She earned a Master of Arts degree at the University of Michigan and upon graduation taught for 3 years at State Teachers College, Cortland, NY. She received her Ed.D. in 1951 from Stanford University.
Following the completion of her doctorate, she was hired as an Associate Professor in Education and Physical Education at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, remaining at the there for 12 years before accepting a position at Springfield College as Professor and Director of Women’s Physical Education. In 1966, she moved to the University of Wisconsin – Madison. In 1974, she was appointed Head of the Division of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance in the College of Education at the University of Georgia. Under her leadership, the former Men’s and Women’s Departments of Physical Education merged to form the Department of Physical Education. She hired faculty and developed programs that increased research and enhanced the national academic reputation of the Division. She served as a faculty member at the University of Georgia until her retirement in 1992.
Dr. Ann Jewett was a scholar, leader, mentor, and friend to many during in her long and distinguished career. She was instrumental in formulating a vision of curriculum for physical education that was conceptual in nature and led to a comprehensive view of movement articulated in the Purpose Process Curriculum Framework coauthored with Marie Mullen in 1977. She conceptualized the Personal Meaning physical education curriculum, advocating for a balanced, futuristic view of life-long physical activity long before those curricular aims became popular. More than curricular alignments of scope and sequence, Dr. Jewett guided her graduate students to envision in-depth philosophical perspectives on curriculum with the goal of adding value and relevance to student-centered approaches to physical education.
As a major professor, Dr. Jewett guided 51 graduate students in the area of curriculum theory and development. She founded the Curriculum Theory Conference at the University of Georgia and provided leadership for biannual meetings for over a decade. She served as a visiting scholar at the United States Military Academy at West Point, Stanford University, the University of Wisconsin, and the University of Michigan. Dr. Jewett’s scholarship included numerous published books, papers, and presentations. She was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Lambda Theta, and Delta Kappa Gamma. During her career she delivered the Amy Morris Homans Lecture (1980), the Earle F. Zeigler Symposium (1987), the R. Tait McKenzie Symposium (1988), and the Laura J. Huelster Lecture in 1997. She received an Honor Award from AAHPERD and the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association for Sport and Physical Education. She received the Outstanding Civilian Service medal from the Department of the Army in 1987. She guided the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education as its President from 1973-1974, and received the Hetherington Award in 1993. She contributed her unique vision to the national and international fields of physical education and made a lasting impact on curriculum theory and development in physical education.
Submitted by Catherine D. Ennis (Fellow #381)
Walter P. Kroll
December 11, 1930 – May 1, 2011
National Academy of Kinesiology – Fellow #228
Dr. Walter P. Kroll, 80, of 12 Frost Lane in Hadley passed away peacefully on Sunday morning, May 1, 2011, at the Cooley Dickinson Hospital with his wife at his side.
Walter was born in Chicago, Ill. on Dec. 11, 1930, the son of the late Walter B. and Ann (Fadziejewski) Kroll. Walter Kroll graduated from Crane Technical High School, Chicago in 1952. In October of 1953 he enlisted in the U.S. Army, serving in the 418th Med Co., where he received the National Defense Service Medal. He later transferred to the Army Reserves where he was honorably discharged in October of 1961 at the rank of private first class. He received his undergraduate degree at Northern Illinois University and then went on to earn a master’s degree at the University of Illinois and a doctorate at Indiana University. Following academic positions at Fort Hays Kansas State College from 1959-63, and the University of Texas from 1963-67, he joined the faculty of the founders of the Department of Exercise Science (now Kinesiology) at UMass Amherst in 1967, eventually receiving the honorary appointment as the first University Commonwealth Professor. Kroll was a pioneer and always ahead in his field. Well before computers were even available for common use, he learned computer programming and applied it to implement multivariate statistical techniques to study questions such as the role of personality in athletic performance. One of his books, “Perspectives in Physical Education,” was used as a college textbook for decades. His research spanned many areas, including sports psychology, applied statistics and measurement, and sports history. He was best known for his achievements in motor integration, advancing the use of oscilloscopic electromyography to study the role of the nervous system in the timing of rapid human movements.
In later years, he and his colleagues developed a technique called patterned electrical stimulation to treat stroke, cerebral palsy, and head injury patients, allowing them to regain some movement in paralyzed limbs. He was granted tenure in 1970, and in 1973, he was elected to the American Academy of Physical Education, an organization then restricted to only 75 members in the world. He was a much sought-after speaker in his field and published over 100 research papers in national and international journals during his career. Dr. Kroll was the dean and former chair of the Department of Exercise Science and retired as Commonwealth Professor Emeritus of Kinesiology in 1995.
He had a lifelong love of amateur wrestling and supported the sport at many levels for the greater part of his life. He was an accomplished wrestler both in high school and college, and in later years shared his experience as coach. He was one of the founders and supporters of the first ever wrestling team at Hopkins Academy in Hadley, where all three of his sons wrestled varsity. He was a close friend of the late Homer Barr, UMass wrestling coach, as well as a familiar face at UMass wrestling events. He also scored matches there as a volunteer for many years. He was a communicant of Most Holy Redeemer Church in Hadley
Adapted from obituary published in the Daily Hampshire Gazette on May 4. 2011
1942 – 2023
National Academy of Kinesiology – Fellow #286
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Daniel Landers, NAK Fellow #286, inducted in 1982. He passed away at the age of 81 on June 18, 2023 with his wife Pat by his side. Dr. Landers earned his BA from San Jose State College and his M.S. from the University of Illinois. Dan then completed his Ph.D. at the University of Illinois in 1968 under the mentorship of Gunther Lueschen. He moved on to teach at SUNY Brockport where he mentored numerous undergraduate students sharing his passion for research with them. From there he went on to University of Washington, Pennsylvania State University, and finally Arizona State University where he served from 1981 to 2008. He retired from Arizona State University as an Emeritus Regents Professor. Across his career he mentored over 50 Master’s students and 20 Doctoral students, many of whom have gone on to successful and acclaimed academic careers.
Dr. Lander’s research within the Health Psychology Laboratory at Arizona State University was broadly focused on investigating the effects of exercise on selected mental health variables. This research has encompassed the examination of the effects of exercise on: relaxation/mood alteration, anxiety and depression; ability to cope with psychosocial stressors, quality and quantity of sleep, and cognitive functioning. Another research area has been the use of psychophysiological measures of brain, muscle, and cardiac activity as markers to infer “preparatory states” or “arousal/attentional sets” conducive to high-level sport or exercise performance. Much of this work was with archers, golfers, marksmen, weight lifters, and sprinters.
Dan published more than 100 articles and received numerous honors for his work. He was honored with the Alliance Scholar Award (2005-06) by the then American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance and the Distinguished Scholar Award (1995) and President’s Award (2007) by the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity (NASPSPA). Dan was an outstanding steward of Kinesiology functioning in many capacities across his career. He served as the NASPSPA Communications Director (1976-79) and President (1985-86). Dan also was the co-founder and inaugural Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Sport Psychology (which later became Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology) from 1979 – 1985 and one of the top tier journals in sport psychology.
Dan is survived by his wife Pat; daughter Tracey (Gordon) Hester; son Danny (Courtney) Landers; daughter Lisa (Greg) Oliva; son Fred (Olga) Buckman; his brother Steve (Maria) Landers; as well as ten grandchildren.
Dan has had a lasting impact on the field of Sport and Exercise Psychology. He will be fondly remembered for his big smile and willingness to mentor so many of the next generation of scholars.
The NAK’s Standing Committee on Memorials would like to acknowledge the memorial developed by a number of his friends and students.
Arthur S. (Art) Leon, M.D.
1931 – 2022
National Academy of Kinesiology – Fellow #350
Dr. Arthur Sol “Art” Leon (NAK Fellow #350, inducted in 1993), age 90, of Minnetonka, Minnesota, died at home on February 6th. He was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1931, and grew up in Miami where the family moved when he was 6 years old. Art received a B.S. degree at the University of Florida, and M.S. and M.D. degrees from the University of Wisconsin. His specialty training was in biochemistry, internal medicine and cardiology. After his medical residency, he served on active duty with the U. S. Army Medical Corps. He was stationed in France for three years during the period of the Berlin Wall, followed by an assignment to the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research in Washington D.C. At Walter Reed, he carried out research on the effects of exercise on the cardiovascular system, using rodent animal models. Art retired as a colonel in the Army Reserve in 1998 after 38 years of service. Following active duty in the army, he was director of the Clinical Research Center at Newark Beth Israel Medical Center in New Jersey and led the first clinical trials on L-dopa, a drug for Parkinson’s disease. In 1973, he was recruited to the University of Minnesota to work on the MRFIT study, an NIH-funded study involving men at high risk of heart attack due to smoking, blood pressure, and cholesterol. Art continued research and teaching at the University of Minnesota for 45 years, first in the School of Public Health, then as an endowed professor in the School of Kinesiology in the College of Education and Human Development, where he served for 20 years as Director, Laboratory of Physiological Hygiene and Exercise Science. Art held the endowed position of Henry L. Taylor Professor of Kinesiology from 1992 until his retirement in 2018. Art is internationally recognized for his exercise physiology research.
The scope of his research covered animal, epidemiological and exercise training studies, including the role of physical activity in the prevention of cardiovascular disease. He was lead author on a landmark paper instrumental in the development of national physical activity guidelines for Americans, the U.S. 1996 Surgeon General’s report.
Art and his colleagues were invited to meet with President Gerald Ford at the White House to present their recommendations. He also was a key member of an international group conducting research on the effects of genetics on the body’s response to exercise and aerobic capacity, the HERITAGE Family Study. These and other scientific efforts were highlighted in over 350 peer-reviewed publications. Art received numerous awards for his scientific research. He was a founding member of the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the recipient of several awards from that organization, including the 2016 Honor award.
He received the “Order of the Honorary Horse Collar Knights” from the University of South Finland in Kuppio, where he traveled 12 times as an invited speaker at the International Puijo Symposium in Kuppio. He impacted many students and faculty members during his career at the University of Minnesota, including serving as advisor to 26 doctoral students and 32 masters students, along with informally advising many other students who came to his office for advice.
He is survived by his wife, Gloria Leon (Rakita); son, Harmon Leon; daughters, Michelle Leon (Steven Neuharth) and Denise Venables (Charles); grandchildren, River Neuharth and Jae Neuharth, Courtney Klein (Daniel), Cole Venables and Noah Venables (Kristin); great-grandchildren, Abby and Vivienne Venables; brother, Harry and sister, Anita Leon.
Dr. Leon is fondly remembered and has left a lasting legacy to the field of Exercise Physiology.
Marie R. Liba
January 9, 1921 – October, 2018
National Academy of Kinesiology – Fellow #205
Dr. Marie R. Liba, elected to the Academy in 1970 (Fellow #205), passed away in October, 2018 in Vista, California. Dr. Liba was born in Chicago, IL on January 9, 1921. She received a BPE from the American College of Physical Education in 1940, followed by a BS from Wittenberg College in 1942. She subsequently attended the University of Wisconsin, Madison, obtaining an MS degree in 1949 and a Ph.D. in 1956 in the Department of Physical Education for Women, soon to become the Department of Kinesiology. Dr. Liba held teaching positions at Wittenberg College, Morningside College, Valpraiso University, with the primary portion of her academic career at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, rising to the position of Professor in 1965. She ended her career as the Chairman of the Department of Physical Education at San Jose State University in the mid-70’s.
Professor Liba’s area of expertise would now be called Quantitative Measurement. She began her career at UW as a generalist, although her interest focused on the quantification of measures of sports skills. Her work involved kinesiological analyses of these skills, leading to setting standards of performance. These scholarly investigations were rarely published, as during the 50’s and early 60’s, it was not typical for many female scholars to publish their work in research journals. These women were indeed scholars, but did not always choose to submit the results of their scholarly investigations for publication as the major means of sharing their contributions to the body of knowledge in their areas of specialization. They tended to share the results of research with students and colleagues, and at state and national conventions via oral presentations.
Professor Liba was an independent thinker and was able to demonstrate her own expertise in the area of quantitative measurement, especially in interpreting kinesiological data. She was a member of many professional organizations, for example, the American Educational Research Association, the American Statistical Association, the National Council of Measurement in Education, and the Psychometric Society. She served a term as Associate Editor of the Research Quarterly.
Professor Liba became a giant in the field of Quantitative Measurement, as applied in Kinesiology, a term that defines measurement theory as applicable in many fields of study. She built her knowledge framework upon basic concepts being espoused in physical education in the 1960’s, but based on measurement theory. She understood the need to apply more sophisticated statistical techniques in utilizing measurement theory in analyzing quantitative data. She and her students realized the importance of using multivariate statistics in studying large data sets. For example, her doctoral students took courses in multivariate statistics, such as factor analysis, cluster analysis, and statistical analyses of data clusters in space. Dr. Liba studied theories in quantitative measurement by first recognizing that measurement concepts and practices, to be defensible in as the field of measurement, were minimalistic views in the past. In the early days of Kinesiology, measurement was viewed as a tool, rather than having a theoretical base. Dr. Liba understood the importance of basing practice on theory, and passed this on to her students. However, in the academic area of Kinesiology, many scholars were not aware of the theories underlying measurement practices.
Many of these women, as well as a number of men, were schooled in the development of administrative skills, and, indeed, a number of administrators in those days were outstanding!! In spite of the fact that Professor Liba’s primary appointment was at a major research university, she rarely published in research journals. But she taught her students to do so…to write books, to conduct research and publish the results… to add to the body of knowledge in their area of specialization. She saw that her students understood their heritage, as graduate students at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Overall, she accomplished much that other prominent women in the field were unable to do during that time period. Clearly, she was one of the pioneers in the area of quantitative measurement in Kinesiology throughout her career in academe.
The Academy mourns the passing of Dr. Marie R. Liba, Fellow #205.
Margaret J. Safrit, Fellow #254
Anne E. Atwater, Fellow #313
Dr. Aileene S. Lockhart
March 18, 1911 – February 16, 2004
National Academy of Kinesiology – Fellow #147
Aileene S. Lockhart, (Fellow # 147) Professor Emerita, Texas Women’s University, died on February 16, 2004. Aileene was born on March 18, 1911 in Atlanta, Georgia. She was 92 years of age at the time of her death.
Aileene received her B.A. from Texas Women’s University (1932), and her M.S. (1937) and Ph.D. (1942) from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She received an Honorary Doctor of Science Degree from the University of Nebraska in 1967.
After 24 years at the University of Southern California-Los Angeles, from 1949-1973, Aileene returned to her undergraduate alma mater, Texas Women’s University, in 1973 as dean of the College of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance and retired as professor and chairwoman of the Texas Women’s University Department of Dance in 1983.
Aileene was a prodigious and influential scholar, who’s books had an important impact on the related fields of dance, physical education, and motor learning. Her books that are most frequently included in professional libraries include Toward Excellence in College Teaching, Laboratory Experiments in Motor Learning, Chronicle of American Physical Education, and Contemporary Readings. Aileene’s most prominent dance book was Modern Dance: Building and Teaching Lessons, which first appeared in 1951, had six editions, was used by almost all dance educators, and was commonly referred to as “The Book!” According to Dr. Janice LaPointe-Crump, Professor of Dance at Texas Women’s University, as well as a former student, colleague, and friend, Aileene’s writing “dispelled the fear that a systematic learning process would surely destroy personal creativity” (LaPointe-Crump, 2004).
According to LaPointe-Crump, Aileene was enraptured by sport, competition, and science, but also had a passion for the humanities and arts, especially dance and music. She married science with art, service with leadership, and passion with humor. Moreover, she strove for artistic integrity and strongly supported the research process. During her 1980 Commencement address at Texas Women’s University, Aileene expressed the unifying concept that “at the highest level of performance the creative and the critical seem to become one . . . invention, discovery, creativity all take place by combining ideas” (LaPointe-Crump, 2004).
Aileene was a mentor of students and was only satisfied if her students set their own goals and strived for them in their own ways, on their own timetables. Through this process, according to LaPointe-Crump (2004), she released “the spark of creativity that is within each of us.” LaPointe-Crump continues that taught her students, “to that end, we should provide stepping stones for others, so that everyone our lives touch experiences self-discovery, a disciplined mind, abundant life, an expanded intellect, self appreciation, experimentation, and freedom. . .” Indeed, this account agrees with the statement by Aileene in her textbook Modern Dance: Building and Teaching Lessons that “The ultimate purpose in teaching others to dance is to provide them with the means for opening the doorways of their own creativity, to liberate them so they are enabled to use the materials of dance to reveal the uniqueness of their individual natures.”
Aileene was one of the most honored Academy members. In 1980 she served as President of the American Academy of Physical Education. The same year she was awarded the Luther Halsey Gulick Medal, the highest award given by the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, and in 1992 she received the Hetherington Award from the American Academy of Physical Education. In 1980 Aileene received the Cornaro Award which is the highest honor bestowed by the Texas Women’s University. In 1983 Aileene was made a Minnie Stevens Piper Professor, which is the highest education honor bestowed by the state of Texas. She received Honor Awards from the California Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation in 1967; the Texas Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation in 1980; and the National Association for Girl’s and Women’s Sports in 1991. She was the National Dance Association Heritage Honoree in 1985, and from 1985-1986 she was the National Dance Association Scholar. In addition, Aileene was the 1988 Commencement Speaker at the Texas Woman’s University. She received Distinguished Alumna Awards from her alma maters, Texas Woman’s University in 1971, and the University of Wisconsin in 1981. Finally, she was selected to be included in the Who’s Who in Education, World’s Who’s Who of Women, Who’s Who in the Midwest, Who’s Who in the Southwest, and Who’s Who in America.
Prepared by John Shea, Fellow # 403, who would like to acknowledge with special thanks information provided by Aileen’s longtime friend Jane Mott, Emeritus Fellow # 171, as well as Janice LaPointe-Crup, Professor of Dance at Texas Women’s University, who was a student, colleague, and friend of Aileene’s, who wrote “Aileen Simpson Lockhart: A Design for Life,” which was read at Aileene’s funeral service, and from which information was drawn for the present memorial statement.
John A. Lucas
December 24, 1927 – November 9, 2012
National Academy of Kinesiology – Fellow #241
John Lucas died on November 9, 2012 after a year-long struggle with Lewy Body Dementia. He was 84 years old and living with his son in Columbia, Missouri at the time of his death. John was married in 1955 to Joyce Lucas who passed on in 2010.
John, a native of Boston, spent his professional career at Penn State University, first as a track and field coach and later as a famed sport historian. Local legend has it that Lucas was relieved of his coaching duties when some of his athletes reported to the Athletic Director that, on road trips, John would occasionally leave them at the track and head off to the library.
For over four decades John wrote about the history of sport and the Olympic Games. He traveled tirelessly giving lectures on these topics. He rubbed shoulders with the IOC elite and in 1991 was named “Honored IOC Lecturer for North America” by then President Samaranch. Lucas attended 14 different Olympics beginning with the 1960 games in Rome. He was a fine runner himself (a finalist in the 1952 U. S. Olympic Trials at the 10,000 meters), and he would take a ceremonial lap around the track at each Olympic games except Beijing and Moscow. Over the years, as security at the games became tighter, Lucas had to pull ever more important strings in order to receive permission to “take his lap.”
John first mentioned retirement to me in 1984 when I was the new Department Head at Penn State. This notice, however, turned out to be premature. He was still teaching courses for the Department 25 years later! During his remarkable research and teaching career, he published four books and some 339 articles. But he was just as proud of the work he accomplished with alumni, children, and friends of the Olympic movement. He was affectionately called “Mr. Olympics” by some of those who heard his lectures and reveled in the many (often embellished) stories he told.
John was a collector and record-keeper. His personal library included a huge, catalogued array of books, pamphlets, newspaper articles, and various memorabilia—over 162 cubic feet in size, said to be the largest collection outside the IOC. John even kept track of his daily jogs, meticulously entering the mileage after every run. According to his journal, he amassed over 150,000 miles during his lifetime, more than 6 times the circumference of the earth.
John will be missed at Penn State and elsewhere. He was one of those rare individuals who was both honored . . . and loved.
Submitted by Scott Kretchmar #330, Professor, Penn State
Michael G. Maksud, Ph.D.
March 26, 1932 – May 14, 2020
National Academy of Kinesiology – Member #318
On May 7, 2020, the National Academy of Kinesiology lost another member, Dr. Mike Maksud, Fellow #318, who was inducted into the Academy in 1987. After Dr. Maksud retired from his position of Dean of Health and Human Performance in 1985, he and his wife Sheri lived in the Corvallis area.
Michael George Maksud was born on March 26, 1932 in Chicago, and graduated from Lane Tech High School in Chicago, IL. He received a full athletic scholarship to play collegiate baseball at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, where he received his undergraduate degree. He then completed his master’s degree from Syracuse University and earned his Ph.D. from Michigan State University. He began his professional career as Chairperson of the Department of Physical Education at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Professor and Director of the Exercise Physiology Laboratory, and Associate Dean of Academic Programs of the UW-Milwaukee Graduate School. Dr. Maksud served as Dean at Oregon State University for 15 years. According to former colleagues, he was a master of the budget and successfully negotiated his department through several stressful economic times. A quiet leader and a man of few words, he worked in the background making tough decisions that led to positive outcomes.
Dr. Michael Maksud’s passion and drive for his profession, students, and University were evidenced by publishing over 85 articles and received numerous honors and awards for his scholarly work and teaching accomplishments. He served on several professional boards and traveled the world to collaborate with fellow colleagues. Mike served on various community boards including that of the Good Samaritan Hospital and The Boys and Girls Club of Corvallis. The Boys and Girls Club was especially important to him based on childhood experiences in Chicago. The pinnacle of his professional career was being honored with the OSU Department of Kinesiology Professional Achievement Award in 2009. In 2000, he was inducted into the U of I Baseball Hall of Fame as a 1950-52 player and 1959-65 coach.
Both Mike and Shari enjoyed entertaining family, friends, and OSU students from around the world. His guests were often the benefit of Mike’s love for steelhead and salmon fishing and crabbing along the Oregon coast. He was an all-around athlete and loyal sports fan. You could find both he and Shari at nearly every OSU Beaver’s baseball, football, and basketball game with their spirit wear on. A true Chicagoan, he remained a loyal Cubbies fan.
“Papa Mike” loved spending time with his grandchildren, both in Oregon and Wisconsin. He was preceded in death by his wife Shari in December 2019. He is survived by his daughters, Michelle Baylerian (Tom), Dawn Sagrillo (Jon) and Deon O’Brien Merten (Eric); his brother, Thomas Maksud and sister-in-law Elizabeth Maksud, sisters, Frances (Maksud) Cello, Delores (Maksud) Enwia, brother-in-law John Enwia, sister-in-law Patti Dixon Crisler and brother-in-law Allan Crisler.
A viewing was held at McHenry Funeral Home on Tuesday, May 12th from 10-11 a.m. with a private family graveside funeral was held on Tuesday, May 12th at St. Mary’s Cemetery. Memorial contributions can be made in Mike’s name to: The George and Rachel Maksud Fellowship in Exercise Physiology at OSU or The Boy’s and Girl’s Club of Corvallis.
Lynn W. McCraw
October 26, 1914 – June 15, 2004
National Academy of Kinesiology – Fellow #189
Dr. Lynn Wade McCraw, Professor Emeritus at The University of Texas at Austin, passed away on June 15, 2004 at the age of eighty-nine. He was born on October 26, 1914, in Bonham, Texas. He graduated from Austin College in 1937 where he was an all-conference football player and captain of the team his senior year.
After graduation, he taught English and directed the Intramural Sports Program at Schreiner Institute in Kerrville, Texas. In 1941 he joined the United States Army, advancing from 1941 to 1946 from Private to Major. He served in the United States Army Reserves from 1946 until his retirement in 1974 as a Lieutenant Colonel.
He received his Master’s Degree from The University of Texas in 1946. Armed with a college background strong in mathematics and English, and financially supported by the GI Bill, he was able to spend full time on his doctoral studies, finishing in two years. He was one of the very first physical educators in the nation to use the newest statistic, factor analysis, as a tool in his dissertation: “A factor analysis of motor learning.”
Dr. McCraw’s student career was so impressive that he was appointed Assistant Professor of Physical and Health Education at The University of Texas. He quickly advanced through the academic ranks, serving as Professor and Chairperson of the department from 1958 to 1973. and as Graduate Advisor from 1960 to 1973. He taught courses in the Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral programs and supervised 60 Master’s theses and 18 Doctoral dissertations. In the classroom and in independent research supervision, his teaching was highly organized, current, and inspirational. Many of his students published the results of their work, which was not common at that time in the development of the profession. He published over 40 professional articles and delivered more than 70 invited lectures on his research, which focused on measurement, strength development, and motor learning. Even though he was one of the first in the field to depart from publishing exclusively about professional issues, publishing on disciplinary topics such as strength training and motor learning problems, his heart was largely focused on the professional development of future physical educators.
Dr. McCraw was active in many professional associations and served as Vice-President of the American Association of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD) and as President of the Texas Association (TAHPERD) from 1953- 1954. It was, however, in his role as Executive Secretary-Treasurer, and as Editor of the TAHPERD Newsletter that he made his largest professional impact. For 30 years he guided the state association, providing a strong, ethical, forward-looking perspective that focused on building the association enrollment and financial resources. He strongly contributed to the development of a mission for the association, and assisted incoming annual presidents in understanding and fulfilling that mission. When he completed his last year as Executive Secretary-Treasurer, the association was one of the three largest state associations for health, physical education, recreation, and dance in the country. So powerful was his influence, and so keenly was this influence recognized by the association leadership, that they later named the association’s keynote annual lecture the Lynn Wade McCraw Lecture.
His professional influence extended far beyond TAHPERD and The University of Texas, however. Many professional groups sought his leadership, wisdom, guidance, and counsel, including AAHPERD; Southern District AAHPERD; Travis County Board of the American Cancer Society (21 years); State Executive Committee of the University Interscholastic League (32 years); The Office of the Governor of the State of Texas; the Texas Legislature; American Heart Association; Texas Medical Association; State Board of Education; Texas Education Agency; Governor’s Commission on Physical Fitness; and The University of Texas Men’s Intercollegiate Athletic Council. Because of his extraordinary success with the TAHPERD, numerous state professional associations comprised of school administrators, parents, teachers, and coaches and groups working on improvements and standards in Texas education at all levels sought his advice. Dr. McCraw received many university, state and national awards for outstanding contributions to his profession.
Perhaps due to many of these contributions and awards, he was elected into the American Academy of Physical Education in 1967.
In 1984, the students in the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education created the Lynn W. McCraw Excellence Award to be given annually to the outstanding student in the department. The department also honored him by naming several recognitions and scholarships for him, including the Lynn W. McCraw Lecture Series, the Lynn McCraw Fellowship, and the Lynn McCraw Scholarship.
In 1985, Dr. McCraw was appointed as Professor Emeritus. His impact on the Department of Kinesiology and Health Education, which included a strong sense of professionalism, integrity, and intellectual rigor, has shaped and will continue to influence the department for many years to come.
Written in fond memory by
Waneen W. Spirduso #294
Former student, colleague, and friend.
Michael W. Metzler
October 15, 1952 – October 18, 2022
National Academy of Kinesiology – Fellow #493
Dr. Michael “Mike” W. Metzler (NAK Fellow #493, inducted in 2009) passed away on October 18, 2022 at the age of 70 while vacationing in Arizona with his wife Terry. To many in the physical education community he was a dear friend and colleague who left the world much too soon. He shared his talents for over 40 years with the physical education community and it was privileged to benefit from his intellect, foresight, and understanding of the field. He was a visionary scholar, teacher educator, servant leader, and wonderful human. He leaves behind an important and lasting legacy.
Dr. Metzler fell in love with sport through his career in football as a high school quarterback and member of Tuft’s University football team. He received a BA in literature from Tufts University in 1976, M.Ed. in education from East Stroudsburg (PA) State College in 1976, and a PhD from The Ohio State University in 1979 under the mentorship of Daryl Siedentop. Over his long academic career, he taught at Iowa State University, Virginia Tech University, finishing his career at Georgia State University.
Dr. Metzler was an innovative scholar impacting Sport Pedagogy in countless ways and at various levels. He authored 10 books, 6 high impact Research Monographs, 12 book chapters, over 60 articles, and 52 keynotes. In his early work with Daryl Siedentop in the 1980s he modified a classroom instrument for physical education, creating the Academic Learning Time in Physical Education (ALT-PE) which still stands today as the most formidable proxy for student learning in our subject. He is well known for his book on instructional models and his work on models-based practice leading to monographs in this area. Now in its fourth edition, Instructional Models for Physical Education provides practitioners the key handles for aligning unit objectives selection, instructional strategies, and the assessment of student outcomes in PK-12 physical education. He was a proponent of an instructional approach, Teaching Games for Understanding, and went on to write a book and many articles on this topic. This instructional approach is used widely across the globe as a testament to his impact. In 1990 Dr. Metzler published his book Instructional Supervision for Physical Education, which provided a framework for the conduct of supervisory practices in physical education teacher education and is a staple in most doctoral programs. Finally, by the mid-2000s, he organized along with Lynn Housner, Tom Templin, and Paul Schempp, the 2007 History and Future Directions of Research on Teaching and Teacher Education in Physical Education Conference. This book is still a “gem” for anyone willing to learn from the past and think about the future of Sport Pedagogy research. Dr. Metzler had a deep understanding of the nature of the profession long before the rest of the field was thinking in those directions. It is no surprise that he was the recipient of numerous awards, including the University System of Georgia Board of Regents’ Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award, the College of Education Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award, the Distinguished Service Award, Presidential Award from the National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education, the Luther Halsey Gulick Medal by SHAPE and The Ohio State University Career Achievement Award in 2020.
Dr. Metzler was never happy to accept status quo and sought across his career to leave the field in a better place than when he started. While a doctoral student at OSU he was frustrated by the lack of publishing outlets for scholarly papers in physical education, so he (along with a fellow doctoral student) started the Journal of Teaching in Physical Education (JTPE) in spite of facing many challenges.
In the Fall of 1981, they published JTPE’s Volume 1 doing everything themselves. JTPE became the go to journal for physical education research and ultimately Human Kinetics took over the journal’s publication process. Starting in 2000, together with his colleagues, Mike gifted the field four of JTPE’s Monographs around teacher effectiveness, Physical Education Teacher Education (PETE) program assessment, and instructional models–based practices. Dr. Metzler carefully nurtured the field of physical education during his career supporting young scholars across the globe and bringing people together to push the field forward. In 1987 together with Lynn Housner and George Graham, Dr. Metzler organized the inaugural “Invisible College” meeting at AERA focused on Research on Learning and Instruction in Physical Education. It has been a staple gathering of global scholars ever since. Dr. Metzler was a true servant to the profession. His many integral roles within the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, National Association for Sport and Physical Education, American Educational Research Association, and National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education as either editor, president, committee-chair, or committee-member gave focus and direction to members within these organizations. Towards the end of his career he shared his immense knowledge of teaching and learning with faculty across Georgia State University as Associate Director for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning in Gorgia State’s Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.
In 2009 he was diagnosed with cancer and together with his wife Terry they fought the disease as a team sharing this journey in an eloquent book titled My Two Journeys in Cancer World: Team Mike Versus the Prairie Dogs. Dr. Metzler’s will be missed for his generous spirit, keen intellect, and passion for life and learning. He continues to be an inspiration to all in sport pedagogy and his research and work in PETE will continue to serve as beacons for all.
The NAK’s Standing Committee on Memorials would like to acknowledge the memorial published by four of his PETE colleagues and friends as a source for this statement.
Ernest D. Michael, Jr.
1921 – 2006
National Academy of Kinesiology – Fellow #242
Ernest Denzil Michael, Jr. (“Mike”) passed away on April 9, 2006 following a lengthy battle with cancer. He earned his A.S. degree from Vincennes University before transferring to Purdue University. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps (3rd Regiment, 3rd Division) during WWII, engaging in combat in Bougainville and Guadalcanal. Following the war, he received his commission and continued his education at Oberlin College, completing the Bachelor’s degree at Purdue University. Mike received his M.S. and Ph.D. in Physical Education from the University of Illinois (TK Cureton, dissertation advisor).
Dr. Michael accepted a faculty appointment in Physical Education at the University of California (Santa Barbara) as an assistant coach for the men’s track team in 1952. His academic appointment in the Physical Education Department focused on research and teaching courses in Exercise Physiology. Dr. Michael mentored numerous graduate students who achieved positions of leadership at major universities and in business and industry in Physical Education, exercise physiology, and allied-health professions. Dr. Michael was a fellow of the prestigious American Physiological Society, American Academy of Kinesiology, and American College of Sports Medicine. He served as Professor at the University of California (Santa Barbara) for 36 years (including 5 years as Department Chair) and was a member of the Sigma Xi Society. For over 30 years, he volunteered as an official for the UCSB men’s track team and the Easter Relays. He was an avid runner and golfer; for the latter after the age of 80, he often scored just over or below his age! Dr. Michael took several sabbatical leaves, working in the exercise physiology lab (with former MS student Frank Katch), and with JVGA Durnin in Scotland. Ernest remained in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve for 20 years and commanded the 67th Special Infantry Company in Port Hueneme, CA. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel and remained active in the local Marine Corp League.
His more than 30 scientific publications were in the area of endurance performance, body composition assessment, physiological responses to exercise, and adaptations to environmental stressors (mainly heat and high altitude). His publications with graduate students and colleagues appeared in the Journal of Applied Physiology, Research Quarterly, Ergonomics, and many international journals.
Ernie Michael (Mike) lived life to the fullest! He always had a smile on his face and was an encouragement to those around him. He loved teaching and many of his former students went on to distinguish themselves in the academic community (e.g., Bill Haskell at Stanford, Judy Smith at UCLA, Frank Katch at the University of Massachusetts). Most importantly, his former students were among his best friends.
Donna Mae (DM) Miller
1921 – 2010
National Academy of Kinesiology – Fellow #190
Donna Mae Miller (DM), inducted into the Academy in 1967 as Fellow No. 190, was a trendsetter, leader, and role model throughout her 45-year career. She died January 26, 2010, at age 88. Born and raised in Utah, she received her B.S from the University of Utah, M.S. from Stanford University, and Ph.D. from the University of Southern California. DM taught at Carmel, CA high school, the University of Washington, and the University of Colorado before joining the University of Arizona faculty in 1959 where she served for 30 years in roles such as teacher, coach, scholar, and director. Under her leadership, the undergraduate program in teacher preparation earned national recognition and she was instrumental in the development and growth of the dance program and the graduate program in exercise and sport science. In state, district, and national associations, her keynote addresses and leadership roles frequently provided the direction and philosophic perspective so vital to the professional growth of these groups.
DM authored or co-authored five books and had over thirty published articles. Her books broke new ground within the field and became the “gold standard” for knowledge and practice and for authors that followed. The topics were as diverse as methods of teaching (often referred to as the “Bible” by early physical educators), the relationship of sport to society, coaching the female athlete, maximizing quality of living, and the philosophic process in physical education and sports. Particularly relevant to this organization, DM served as an initiator and founding co-editor of Quest and The Academy Papers.
Although many people may think that DM’s most significant mark on the profession has been through these publications, those who knew her personally know otherwise. DM’s greatest influence came from the impact she had on the people with whom she came in contact. For students, DM’s knowledge, wisdom, and passion for teaching were such that they often described their lives as forever changed as a result of taking one of her courses. For colleagues, DM was the consummate role model. As an administrator, she challenged her faculty to perform at levels that may never have been envisioned and she exemplified the belief that one could best lead by example and by serving others.
Time spent with DM made everyone better…kinder, happier, and more charitable with one another. DM’s ability to find the good and praise it — both in people and in the situation – is a lesson we could all remember and revisit. Of all the things DM modeled…in thought, word and deed… it is that the most important part of life is the people in it. DM’s engaging presence changed people, the room, and the experience. If DM was there, it was just a better place to be! As a former student and friend quoted at her memorial, “There are people who enter our lives, and leave footprints on our heart, and we are never the same because of it.”
Henry J. Montoye, Ph.D.
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.
Harold H. (Hal) Morris
1938 – 2004
National Academy of Kinesiology – Fellow #391
Harold H. (Hal) Morris, (Fellow #391) Professor Emeritus, Indiana University, died on January 22, 2004, just following his formal retirement from Indiana University at the close of the First Semester, is tempered by the realization that he gave his very best to his colleagues and to his profession.
Hal began his career at Indiana University in 1978 as an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Education. In 1982 he was promoted to the rank of Professor and became Chair of the department in 1983, a position that he held through 2001. During his 18 years of trusted leadership, Hal committed himself to the quest for excellence through the betterment of the department and to his faculty colleagues.
Born in Atchison, Kansas in 1938, Hal was raised in Horton and graduated from high school in 1956. As a high school athlete, he attained seven letters in varsity sports, including track, football, and basketball. Hal attended Fort Hays Kansas State College from 1956-60 graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree. The track and field team of which he was a four-year member went undefeated in dual meets during his tenure. Realizing that he was not only interested in being an athlete but also in coaching athletes, Hal served as Assistant Track Coach and Assistant Cross-Country Coach while completing the Master of Science degree at Fort Hays.
Following graduation, Hal was employed as a teacher and coach at West Liberty High School in Iowa through 1962. His 1962 track and field team was the first in the school’s history to win the Eastern Iowa Hawkeye Track and Field Championship. These early successes paved the way for another coaching challenge at the University of Missouri-Kansas City through 1966, where Hal coached the track and cross country clubs. Following that he was employed as Assistant Professor and Track Coach at Northern Illinois University. It was during these years of coaching high level performers that Hal developed a keen interest in better understanding the underlying processes that govern motor skill learning and the very nature of skill acquisition.
This interest led to his pursuit of the doctoral degree at Indiana University. In 1972 he completed the doctoral degree under the direction of A.T. Slater-Hammel with emphases in motor learning/control and statistical applications. Upon completion of the degree, Hal was promoted to the rank of Associate Professor and Director of the Human Performance Laboratory at Northern Illinois University where he held that position in addition to serving as Head Track Coach until 1973.
Hal accepted a position as an associate professor at Ithaca College in 1973 where he was responsible for teaching courses in measurement and statistics, motor learning and motor control, and serving as a statistical consultant. Hal turned his focus to research on topics of motor control including single motor-unit control, and reaction time as a function of sensory modality. It was at this juncture that Hal developed a well deserved reputation for excellence as a teacher and researcher, and he was appointed to the rank of Professor in 1977.
In 1978 Hal joined the Indiana University faculty in the Department of Physical Education as an Associate Professor where he taught courses in inferential statistics, correlation and multivariate analyses and experimental design, and served as statistical consultant for the School of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation. He began a line of research focused on the motor components of reaction time, psychological refractory period, and between and within-subjects research designs. Hal was selected by his faculty colleagues as Department Chair, and from 1983 through 2001, he devoted his considerable energy and talent to strengthening the Department. Hal spearheaded a consensus building process that resulted in a name change from the Department of Physical Education to the Department to Kinesiology in 1989. During his tenure as Chair of the Department of Kinesiology, Hal led the significant planning effort that resulted in new Human Performance Laboratories being opened in 1989.
Hal led by example and maintained active teaching and research commitments. He also found time for significant professional service to the major professional organization in his field, the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD). From 1978-79 he served as Chair of the Measurement and Evaluation Council and as President of the Research Consortium from 1987-88. In 1990 he was elected President of AAHPERD and served in this role from 1991-92 and as Past-president from 1992-93. At the completion of his tenure as AAHPERD president, Hal was recognized with a Sagamore of the Wabash award by the Governor of Indiana.
During his term of office Hal traveled extensively and met with high government officials tirelessly promoting the message of the need for healthy lifestyles for all. From 1994-98 Hal was a member of the Editorial Board of the Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, which he chaired from 1996-98.
Hal became an elected Fellow in the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education. Additionally, in 2002, he was selected to receive the Biannual Scholar Award from the International Council for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance. In the area of professional service, he received the 2002 Luther Halsey Gulick Medal, the highest award given by the AAHPERD. Perhaps the most coveted of his awards was receipt of the School of HPER Outstanding Teacher Award in 2001. Hal’s graduate students have long known that he was an outstanding teacher committed to helping students gain a conceptual grasp of statistics, a subject matter area that is often first approached with dread.
Prepared by John Shea, Fellow # 403. This memorial statement is adapted from the original prepared by David Gallahue, Fellow # 397, who was a close friend and colleague of Hal Morris at Indiana University.
W. Robert Morford
April 20, 1930 – March 27, 2012
National Academy of Kinesiology – International Fellow
Born into a military family in Malaya, both of Bob’s grandfathers were generals in the British Army. Bob was decorated by the King after completing three years in the British Military Police Service in Malaya. When Bob left the military in 1952, arriving into the United Sates without any landing or immigration papers, officials in San Francisco told him there was a train leaving for Canada shortly and he should be on it. Arriving into Vancouver with $30, he was recruited for a massive hydroelectric project in a remote area of British Columbia. It was during this experience, Bob developed a lifelong passion for the British Columbia wilderness and especially for bird watching. Amongst the coworkers were several students from University of British Columbia who encouraged him to accompany them when they returned to classes.
While standing in line for class registration he was approached by a physical education professor and the coach of rugby. He was encouraged to come out for the rugby team which he did. He decided at this time to also major in physical education. He graduated at the top of his class with a BPE in 1956. UBC began a Master’s degree program around this time and Bob was one of the first graduates earning a MPE in 1959. It was during his graduate studies that Bob developed a keen interest in science and physical activity which prompted him to pursue doctoral studies at the University of California-Berkeley where he specialized in motor learning and performance. He completed his dissertation under the guidance of Franklin Henry.
Bob was one of the leading administrators in our field in the 1970’s. First, at California State-Hayward and then at the University of Washington. At Washington, he was recognized for his ability to recruit some of the finest young interdisciplinary scholars in the country. With this approach to hiring, he was viewed as a visionary and he is credited with recognizing the central role played by physical education and physical activity on the health of all people. Bob returned to UBC as the director of the School of Physical Education where he had a vision to create a school with superb undergraduate and graduate programs integrating exercise and sport sciences with substantial research agendas. He established strong relationships with Sport BC and Sport Canada and with the medical community. Bob retired to Mexico where he died on March 27th, 2012.
This memoriam statement was adapted from a memoriam published in TREK Online, (Spring/Summer 2012 issue) the magazine of the University of British Columbia.
Dr. Jane Adele Mott
August 28, 1919 – January 27, 2018
National Academy of Kinesiology – Fellow #171
On January 27th of this year, Dr. Jane Adele Mott passed away. She was inducted into NAK in 1964 (Member Number 171) and was very active in the fields of physical education, recreation and dance throughout her career. According to her niece, she ‘practiced what she preached’ and had 30 years of active, healthy retirement with good health until a few months prior to her death. She lived to be 98 years old so that is a testimony to her lifestyle.
Jane received her B.A. degree from Fresno State College in 1941, her M.S. degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1944 and her Ph. D degree from the University of Southern California in 1954.
Her academic career began as a physical education teacher in a California high school but she soon moved into higher education to teach dance. She held positions at a number of institutions including the University of Nebraska, the University of California at Los Angeles, and San Jose State College. She served as a Professor and Director of Physical Education during a 20 year stint at Smith College in North Hampton, Massachusetts before moving to Texas Women’s University. She held a number of posts at TWU including Professor and Chair of the Department of Physical Education, Interim Dean of the College of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; and at the time of retirement, Chair of the Department of Dance. In recognition of her outstanding contributions to TWU she was named Cornaro Professor in 1988, the highest award bestowed on the faculty by the University.
Dr. Mott was also very active professionally including a Vice President role with AAHPERD. Her Vita reveals active engagement in many professional organizations. A list of her publications reveal a series of papers on table tennis skill evaluation but she also published on strength training, motor skills and game development. A particularly notable contribution was preparing the measurement and evaluation sections of over 45 books in the Physical Education Activities Series of books published by the William C. Brown Company. She was clearly a pioneer and a leader in the field.
Francis J. Nagle, Ph.D.
July 1, 1924 – August 15, 2014
National Academy of Kinesiology – Member #260
Professor Emeritus Francis J. Nagle, a member of the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Wisconsin from 1965 to 1989 – Madison, passed away on August 15, 2014 at the age of 90.
Dr. Nagle co-founded the university’s Biodynamics Lab, along with Bruno Balke. Nagle’s research focused on the energetic costs of different forms of exercise, with this information then being used to establish exercise guidelines.
During his long tenure at the UW-Madison campus, Nagle was instrumental in integrating the once separate men’s and women’s physical education programs on. Additionally, he was an essential leader in the growth of the graduate program in the Kinesiology department. He was well loved as both a classroom instructor of advanced Exercise Physiology courses and as a mentor to graduate students’ research throughout the 1960’s, ‘70’s and ‘80’s.
Nagle was active in the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), serving as treasurer, vice president for Physiology, and managing editor of Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, the ACSM journal. He received the ACSM Citation Award in 1988. The Citation Award is granted to an individual or group who has made significant and important contributions to sports medicine and/or the exercise sciences.
Nagle himself was a former standout athlete, having quarterbacked the University of Nebraska Cornhuskers in 1949 and 1950. He was selected to play in two All Star games and the Senior Bowl Game, and was drafted by the Philadelphia Eagles in 1951 and played one season of professional football for the Montreal Alouettes before injuries and a desire to be closer to family ended his football career. Beloved husband and father of 11 children, Fran is survived by his wife Edna and children Michael Moran (Glennda), Tom Moran (Lori Grant), Susan Moran (Gary Johannsen), Patty Nagle, Dennis Moran, John Moran (Deb), Ann Clark, Kevin Moran (Melissa), and Daniel (Gretchen). Son John Nagle and daughter Erin Moran preceded him in death.
Roberta J. Park
July 15, 1931 – December 5, 2018
National Academy of Kinesiology – Fellow #261
Roberta J. Park was born on July 15, 1931 in Oakland, California, the daughter of Robert Donald and Grace E. (Faulkes) Park. She earned an AB degree from the University of California, Berkeley (1953); a Master of Arts from The Ohio State University (1955); and Doctor of Philosophy from the University of California (1970). She was an Instructor at The Ohio State University from 1955-1956; a teacher in the Oakland (California) Public Schools, 1956-1959; and a supervisor and then professor, at the University of California, Berkeley, 1959-1994. She was inducted into the National Academy of Kinesiology in 1979 (Fellow #261), was President from 1990-1991, and won the Hetherington Award in 1996. From 1982-1992, she was Chair of the Department of Physical Education, which then became the Department of Human Biodynamics in (1995), merging in 1997 with the Department of Integrative Biology.
Robbie, as she was known by her close friends and colleagues, was a passionate scholar in the field of sport history with a specialty in the history of health exercise and physical education in the 18th and 19th centuries. She edited a number of seminal books and monographs and published at least one hundred articles in scientific journals (and another sixty in proceedings, abstracts, book reviews and other journals) including the Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport (RQES), the Journal of Sport History (JSH), Quest, British Journal of Sport History, The International Journal of Sport History, and the Canadian Journal of History of Sport and Physical Education (now Sport History Review). She delivered lectures and research presentations in all parts of the world. Her research output is truly outstanding and her extensive work on embodiment, sport, health and physical practices in historical context is widely admired.
Roberta was a lifelong proponent of physical education and worked tirelessly at the University and in various professional organizations to promote the field. She was a fellow of the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education (inducted 1979), serving as President of that organization (1990-91); fellow of the British Society for Sports History; Vice President of the International Association for the History of Sport and Physical Education (1989); President of the National Association for Sport and Physical Education; and Vice-President of the International Association for the History of Sport and Physical Education. She was also on the editorial boards of numerous journals including JSH, International Journal for the History of Sport and Physical Education, and the Journal of Physical Education and Recreation and held editorial positions for RQES, Quest and The Association for the Anthropological Study of Play.
Roberta was the recipient of countless awards recognizing her outstanding and extensive contribution to the field. Among the awards the D.B. Dill Historical Lecture, American College of Sports Medicine; The Reet Howell Memorial Address, Australian Society for Sport History; the Distinguished Scholar Award, National Association for Physical Education in Higher Education; the Alliance Scholar, American Alliance for Health and Physical Education; International Sport History Scholar Award; and Seward Staley Address, North American Society for Sport History.
During her retirement, Dr. Park never wavered from her strong stance on the importance of exercise and sports for children and everyone else. She came to her campus office every day, swam in Hearst pool at noon, and spent the afternoon with her research. She was a force of nature, never missing an opportunity to educate anyone willing to listen to the attributes of staying active, and the many benefits to the mind and society as a whole. Roberta J. Park was a gifted scholar, a generous mentor, and a wonderful, supportive friend to many. She will be greatly missed.
David Gray Russell, Ph.D.
February 3, 1937 – September 8, 2021
National Academy of Kinesiology – International Fellow
David Gray Russell (NAK International Fellow 1993), Professor and Emeritus Professor, School of Physical Education, University of Otago, New Zealand (NZ), was born February 3rd 1937 in Timaru NZ and passed away September 8, 2021 in Dunedin, NZ. David is survived by his wife Ruth of 63 years, his children Neil and Susan, grandchild Lucy, one brother and two sisters.
Professor Russell received his teaching certificate in NZ in 1958, his BPE (1970) and MPE (1971) from the University of British Columbia (Head of graduating BPE class). He then travelled to University of Michigan where he completed a MA (psychology) in 1972 and his PhD (motor learning and control) in 1974. David then was a Research Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois before moving to the Human Movement Studies Dept at the University of Queensland in Australia where he was a Senior Lecturer from 1974 – 81 and Head of the Dept from 1978- 81.
In 1981 he became Dean of the School of Physical Education at the University of Otago, NZ until July 1991. During his 20 years as a member of the academic staff of the School, David was actively involved in: changing the Diploma of Physical Education to a degree program with a strong multidisciplinary basis; the addition of Honors and Postgraduate programs in Physical Education; supervisor of the first PhD graduate from the school; establishing the biophysical features of the teaching and research in Physical Education; and planning the building program for the Physical Education laboratory complex at Otago.
Following his period as Dean of the School, David established the Life in New Zealand Activity and Health Research (LINZ) Unit and was Director of this Unit until his retirement in 2001. During this time the LINZ Unit undertook a number of national surveys in physical activity and health for the Hillary Commission between 1987 and 1990; the National Health Survey in 1996 and 1999 for the Ministry of Health and was Senior Project Advisor for the Children’s Nutrition Survey from 2001-02 for the Ministry of Health.
David served as Deputy Chairman of the Division of Sciences at the University of Otago from 1992 to 2001 and provided extensive administrative experience to the University serving as convenor on numerous University and Divisional committees and working parties. Following his retirement in 2001 from the University he accompanied Ruth to the Cook Islands, where Ruth worked for the Ministry of Education. While he was there he developed and implemented workshops for the Secretariat of Pacific Communities on Physical Activity and Health.
David’s research interests have included: co-ordinating a research review on drugs in sport for the Royal Society of NZ culminating in the publication ‘Drugs in Sport: Their Use and Abuse’; exploring the cost of inactivity of the New Zealand population leading to the report ‘The Cost of Doing Nothing’; his interest in Sport psychology lead to a long term collaboration with Professor Tara Scanlan (UCLA) that included working with the All Blacks (NZ National Rugby team) and the Silver Ferns (NZ National Netball team) on the “PEAK” project on elite athlete commitment. David also undertook consultative work with the NZ Olympic & Commonwealth Games Foundation.
Professor Russell had been the recipient of numerous additional honours to his Fellowship of the NAK. These included the Honorary Fellowship of the NZ Federation of Sports Medicine; International Vice-President for Oceania of the International Council for Health, Physical Education and Recreation. Professor Russell’s international connections lead to guest lectures in many countries including Australia, Austria, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Singapore, USA, Wales and Yugoslavia.
Outside the University of Otago , David was noted for his skill as an aviator and alongside Ruth, as a gracious host and entertainer of the many international visitors who passed through the School of Physical Education and the University of Otago. His commitment to University projects was good preparation for his building of a retirement house that he and Ruth lived in until his death.
David is fondly remembered by his many colleagues throughout the world and he has left an exceptional legacy of scholarship and friendship.
Dr. Margaret JoAnne “Jo” Safrit
1935 – 2023
National Academy of Kinesiology – Fellow #254
Dr. Margaret JoAnne “Jo” Safrit, passed away peacefully on January 17, 2023 at the age of 87 years in Greensboro, NC. She was known by her colleagues and friends for her intelligence, loyalty, and kindness and her longtime love of the University of North Carolina Greensboro (UNCG).
Dr. Safrit graduated in 1957 from the Woman’s College of the UNCG. After spending three years at the University of Texas, Austin, she enrolled in the graduate program at the University of Wisconsin, where she earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in Kinesiology, specializing in quantitative measurement. She often expressed her appreciation for her doctoral advisor, Professor Marie R. Liba who laid the groundwork for her success in academe. Dr. Safrit went on to a have a large impact on the field of measurement in kinesiology and developed and tested many of the procedures that are still used in the field today.
Dr. Safrit held academic positions at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and American University in Washington, DC. In all of these positions she loved her role mentoring the next generation of scholars and was known as an outstanding, supportive and kind mentor. She stayed in touch with her students as they graduated but wasn’t afraid to say it like it was. At UNCG she served as a mentor of the Guarantee Scholars Program where she believed in paying it forward.
As a professor at UW, Madison, Dr. Safrit was awarded the Henry-Basom Professorship, an endowed professorship she held until her retirement from the university. Dr. Safrit returned to Greensboro at the end of her career as a professor and devoted herself whole-heartedly to UNCG. She had a passion for women’s basketball and created the Mildred Curlee Cooper Scholarship for Women’s Basketball in honor of her high school basketball coach. With her late partner, Dr. Cathy Ennis she established the Safrit-Ennis Women’s Basketball Athletic Scholarship Fund and also the Game Changers, an advocacy group to promote and support women’s basketball.
Dr. Safrit was a pioneer and an expert in the profession, writing two books on quantitative measurement that have been used for decades. Dr. Safrit published numerous research articles in the field of quantitative measurement. In recognition of this work she received many honors during her career, including the Luther Halsey Gullick Award from Shape America, the Hetherington Award from the National Academy of Kinesiology in 1999, and numerous awards from state and local organizations. She served as President of NAK at a time when there were a smaller number of Fellows and few women were in the academy. A highlight in her career was her being invited to lecture in 1985 at Shanghai University of Sport in Shanghai, China, only a short time after China opened it’s borders. She developed a love of China and returned several times, including once as an honored guest at the 60th anniversary of Shanghai University, during which she was awarded an honorary doctorate in Education. Through these many visits she had a tremendous impact on kinesiology in China. She was also invited to keynote lecture in Korea and throughout Europe.
Dr. Safrit had a significant and positive impact on UNCG Kinesiology with her generous donations. She established the Safrit-Ennis Distinguished Professorship in Kinesiology, the Safrit Measurement in Research Fund so faculty and qualified PhD students in the Department of Kinesiology could develop measurement tools in their areas of research, and the Catherine D. Ennis Undergraduate Kinesiology Scholarship. Additionally she supported many other initiatives, including the UNCG Alumni Association Fund, New York Theatre Showcase, Spartan Athletics Scholarship Fund, Kinesiology Enrichment Fund, and Women Veterans Historical Project Fund. Her philanthropy was wide-ranging and her impact will be felt for generations to come.
Jo was predeceased by her partner, Dr. Cathy Dunnington Ennis and leaves behind a niece and nephew and numerous great-nieces and nephews that she loved to spoil. She will remembered as a visionary scholar who empowered and educated the next generation of scholars and left the world a better place.
The NAK’s Standing Committee on Memorials would like to acknowledge the memorial by the University of North Carolina Greensboro as a source for this memorial.
George Harvey Sage
December 27, 1929 – February 11, 2019
National Academy of Kinesiology – Fellow #263
George Sage, 89, of Greeley, died peacefully at his home on Monday, February 11, 2019. He was born December 27, 1929 in Rifle, Colorado to George E. and Maybell Sage. In 1948, he graduated from Denver North High School; he earned varsity letters in basketball and baseball. Immediately after graduation from high school, George enlisted in the United States Army. In 1950, shortly after North Korea invaded South Korea, George, then a member of the Infantry Division, was deployed to Korea where his division fought to defeat North Korea.
George was honorably discharged from the Army in October of 1951, and he enrolled in what was then Colorado State College. He was a member of the basketball and baseball teams. During his years on the CSC baseball team, it qualified three times for the College World Series in Omaha, NE. In one game, he was the winning pitcher against the University of Southern California. In his senior year, George received the Colorado State College Outstanding Scholar-Athlete Award. Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree, George remained in Greeley to complete a Master’s Degree. After teaching and coaching three years, George was selected to be a Teaching Assistant at UCLA (University of California Los Angeles) where he completed his Doctorate Degree. While at CSC, George met the love of his life, Liz (Amelie) Sage and married her August 20, 1955. They were married for 63 years.
Upon graduating from UCLA, George was hired as the head basketball coach at Pomona College in Claremont, CA. After four years at Pomona College, George was hired as the head basketball coach at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC). During his five years of coaching basketball at UNC, the teams won the Rocky Mountain Conference Championships all five years, and the teams were chosen to play in three NCAA District Basketball Tournaments.
In order to devote more time to teaching, research, and writing, George resigned from coaching. George then turned to a career of teaching, writing, and research in sociology and psychology of sport. He published more than 50 articles in professional publications; he authored, co-authored, and edited 21 books including multiple editions of some. He recently finished his 11th edition of Sociology of North American Sport. He was president of the North American Society for the Sociology of Sport, a society for which he was a founder and president of the National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education. He became a fellow in the National Academy of Kinesiology in 1979 (Fellow #263) and also held Fellowship status in the American Academy of Kinesiology. He was inducted in the National Association for Sport and Physical Education Hall of Fame in 2006.
George was selected for the 1978 UNC Distinguished Scholar Award and in 1987 was selected for the Lucile Harrison Outstanding Teaching Award. He was inducted into the UNC Athletic Hall of Fame three times: first as an individual, second as the coach of the 1965 basketball team, and third as a member of the 1955 baseball team. Also, at the annual UNC awards function for athletes, the UNC Athletic Department presents the George Sage Scholar-Athletic Award to the top senior, male athlete. In addition, George and Liz established the George and Liz Sage Endowed Scholarship at UNC which will continue to provide financial assistance to UNC baseball and men’s basketball athletes who are achieving good grades and need financial support in order to continue with their sport and achieve the goal of graduating.
George is survived by his wife, Liz Sage; sons Mike (Kathy) Sage and Larry Sage; five grandchildren, Tyler, Garrett, Lucas, Elise, and Stone; two great grandchildren, Braxton and Alexandria; as well as his sisters, Bonnie Grams, Bernice Williams, and Patricia Vaughn. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the UNC Men’s Basketball and Baseball programs or the Guadalupe Community Center. Donations may be made in care of Allnutt Funeral Service 702 13th St., Greeley, CO 80631.
Dr. Richard A. Schmidt
March, 1941 – October 1, 2015
National Academy of Kinesiology – Fellow #352
Richard A. Schmidt, a retired UCLA Professor Emeritus and leading scientist and researcher at the intersection of the fields of psychology, physical education and kinesiology, died at home in Los Angeles on October 1, after battling a long illness. He was 74. The cause was conditions related to progressive supranuclear palsy, a rare degenerative brain disease. His wife, Gwen Gordon, said that his symptoms first appeared in 2007.
Richard Allen Schmidt was born in March, 1941 in Evanston, Illinois. The son of a printer and avid sportsman, his family emigrated westward to Los Angeles, seeking opportunity in the war industries which were booming in this region at the time. He planned to become an electrical contractor or high school mathematics teacher, but instead graduated with advanced degrees from the University of California (Berkeley) and the University of Illinois (Champaign-Urbana), beginning a long career of teaching and ground-breaking research in motor control and learning which ultimately made him a giant in the field, with a name known to his peers around the world.
He was a nationally ranked gymnast in college; this kindled his interest in how complex movements are learned and “remembered” by the body. At the time, the fledgling science of kinesiology (the study of the physiological, psychological, and biochemical bases of human movement) was just beginning to emerge from the more traditional field of Physical Education, which focused mainly on the learning and teaching of sports and games. Fired by the idea of applying rigorous scientific methods toward the understanding of kinetic movement, he conducted innovative laboratory research and began publishing his work in academic journals of the day on a variety of topics: motor behavior; motor learning; the role of warm-up and various types of training in skills acquisition, and the impact of feedback on performance and learning.
He solidified his impact on the field in 1971 with the founding of a new research publication, the Journal of Motor Behavior, which quickly became the publication of record for the latest thinking and research in the area. His legacy was further assured in the late 1970’s with his proposal of a comprehensive new theory of motor behavior, called Schema Theory, which became an important driver of scholarly thinking and research for many years going forward. This earned him various important academic awards, including Citation Classic and Distinguished Scholar.
He received two honorary doctorate degrees, from the Catholic University of Leuven (Belgium) and the University of Joseph Fournier (France); mentored many Ph.D-level students during his long academic career, and authored four textbooks, one of which continues to be the premier graduate-level text.
In the late 1990’s he joined Failure Analysis Associates, a firm specializing in courtroom testimony, and in 1998 formed his own firm, Human Performance Research, to offer consulting in human performance as an expert witness. At this time he became recognized as the world’s leading expert on driver pedal errors associated with unintended acceleration accidents in automobiles.
In addition to college gymnastics, Dr. Schmidt was also an outstanding athlete in several other fields. He was as avid and lifelong competitive sailor, competing at regional and national levels and winning championships in various sailing classes: Seashell, Windmill, Snipe, and Shock 35. He also joined the international running movement of the 1980’s, racing frequently and competing several sub-3-hour marathons. Finally, he was a motorsports enthusiast (he owned 5 Porsches) and competitive auto racer in his later years.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Gwen Gordon of Los Angeles; a brother, Craig, of Santa Barbara; two sons, Michael Nova, of Petaluma; Jeffrey, of Napa, and two grandchildren.
Edward J. Shea
1914 – 2003
National Academy of Kinesiology – Fellow #214
We lost a devoted member of the Kinesiology community on Aug. 31, 2003. Edward J. Shea served a lifetime in administration, service and scholarly pursuits in education, sport and related organizations. Dr. Shea was the recipient of numerous professional awards, including this organization’s Clark W. Hetherington Award, the Presidential Sports Award from former President Ronald Reagan, and the Luther Halsey Gulick Medal and the Honor Award from the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation.
Dr. Shea’s prowess in the swimming pool was legendary. He established or bettered 29 world records, 32 national records and nine world titles established in five foreign countries. He maintained his status as an All-American Masters team member for 18 consecutive years.
We mourn his passing, and extend our deepest sympathies to his wife Ruth, with whom he celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary last October; his son and daughter-in-law John B. (AAKPE Fellow) and Elizabeth of Bloomington, Ind.; his daughter and son-in-law, Barbara S. and Laurence LeBlanc of Ann Arbor, Mich.; his brother, William F. of Santa Rosa, Cal.; and his other family members.
But we would do a disservice to Dr. Shea if we dwell on his passing. Instead, we celebrate his service as a teacher, coach and mentor. More importantly, we say, “Thank you, Ed,” for showing, literally, the world the value of courage, integrity and compassion.
Born in Chicago in 1914, Ed lost his mother to a flu epidemic when he was only four years old. An aunt, Mary V. Grady, raised Ed and his three siblings in West Lynn, Mass. Ed joined the work force early, teaching swimming classes and supervising aquatic activities at the Lynn YMCA while attending Lynn Classical High School. After graduating high school in 1936, Ed went on to earn his bachelor’s degree at Springfield College; during his collegiate career, he captained the college’s swim team to victory in the 1941 New England Intercollegiate Team Championships. While at Emory University, where he would earn his master’s degree, Ed was director of athletics for the Atlanta Athletic Club. During World War II, he served as director of warfare aquatics and research and development for the Navy-Marine V-12 Program in the Sixth Naval District at Emory University. Ed became Dr. Shea upon earning his doctorate at New York University.
Ed became a fixture at Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 1954, when he was hired as chairman of the physical education department for men and coordinator of aquatic facility use. He chaired that department for 27 years and then served four more years as head of the joint men and women’s department, retiring in 1985. That was the year he was first selected to the All-American Masters United States Swimming Team.
Along the way, he was Southern Illinois University’s first swim coach, was the first person to swim in SIU then-new Pulliam Hall pool in 1954 and was the first person to swim in the Olympic-size pool he helped design at when our new Student Recreation Center opened in 1977. He was a fixture at the pool, training six mornings per week. Two years ago, that 50-meter pool was dedicated as the Dr. Edward J. Shea Natatorium.
Ed designed pools for several communities near Carbondale so young people would have the opportunity to enjoy the exercise and sport he so loved. He was the founder and for 14 summers the director of the Southern Illinois Age-Group Swimming and Diving Program.
Ed believed physical development and participation in competitive sports contribute to the whole person. “The distinctive contribution of physical education provides balance within an educational curriculum that embraces the whole person concept,” he once told an interviewer. “No other educational offering has for its objectives the development and maintenance of personal physical resources.”
He published books and articles. He taught, coached, and led. He traveled the world to compete, winning championships and medals and setting records. He was a member of halls of fame. Most of all, Ed was a source of encouragement to others. “Life today has been so oppressed by the time in which we live,” he told an interviewer two years ago. “I want to give people hope and encouragement. With all I’ve done, it’s a good example.”
Indeed you were. Thank you, Ed.
Remarks of John M. Dunn #361, Provost and vice chancellor, Southern Illinois University Carbondale (2002-07, 2019-20)
Roy J. Shephard
1929 – 2023
National Academy of Kinesiology – International Fellow
Dr. Roy J. Shepard, Professor Emeritus of Applied Physiology at the University of Toronto and Associate Fellow inducted in 1985 passed away in February 2023, a little shy of his 94th birthday. Dr. Shepard was a prolific author and ground-breaking scientist whose scholarship served as the foundation for many national, international and government policies relating to physical activity and health. Dr. Shephard’s early years including training as a medical doctor and in physiology in the UK leading to appointments at Guy’s Hospital, University of London, the Royal Air Force High Altitude Research Unit in the UK, and the Department of Preventive Medicine and Applied Physiology of the University of Cincinnati.
He joined the University of Toronto in 1964 as Professor of Applied Physiology and Director of the newly established Physical Fitness Research Unit in the School of Physical and Health Education and Department of Preventive Medicine and Biostatistics (Faculty of Medicine). Dr. Shephard’s work eventually led to the creation of Canada’s first doctoral program in exercise sciences. He served in this capacity until 1985 and during that time mentored and inspired many generations of exercise scientists who conduct research and teach across Canada and around the world.
In 1979, he took over as Director of the School of Physical Health and Education, a position he held for 12 years. He is recognized as a visionary scholar and driver of exercise physiology within Canada and globally. He was a prolific writer and designed many of the instruments and protocols that are still in use today. He developed the “Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire for Everyone (PAR-Q), used by millions around the world, and was at the forefront of cardiac rehabilitation helping to lead the Toronto Rehab Centre as the pre-eminent cardiac rehab program in the world.
Dr. Shepard’s research has covered a wide range of topics in Population Health, Health Promotion, Preventive Medicine, Applied Physiology, and Exercise Immunology. This work has resulted in national policies around physical fitness and physical activity. In Canada, Dr. Shephard’s scholarship on the physiological parameters of fitness provided the scientific basis for the Canadian government’s broad promotion of physical fitness. He also conducted influential longitudinal studies of physical activity in Canadian Indigenous populations and children in school-based physical education programs. His colleagues often stated they were in awe of his ability to publish at an incredible rate and across a wide range of topics.
Dr. Shephard wrote and edited more than 1600 scientific papers and 100 books on a wide variety of topics. His colleagues would say he was so productive that he would produce a careers worth of outputs in 1-2 years and is considered to be the most prolific author in the University of Toronto’s history. His contributions have been recognized by many honors and awards, including Honorary Degrees from the Université de Montréal, London University, Ghent University, and the Presidency and Honor Awards from both the American College of Sports Medicine and the Canadian Association of Sports Sciences. He received the Order of Canada “for his pioneering work in the field of exercise science and for promoting the health benefits of physical activity to Canadians.”
In spite of his scholarly drive, he believed in giving back to the field by serving as editor-in-chief or on the editorial boards of a large number of high impact journals, organizing numerous national and international conferences, symposia and workshops, and mentoring scholars from across the globe. In addition, he lent his expertise to the Defense and Civil Institute of Environmental Medicine, the Toronto Rehabilitation Centre, the Directorate of Active Living, Health & Welfare Canada, and the University of Québec (Trois Rivières) along with holding academic and honorary appointments across the world. In his retirement he lived in British Columbia where he continued to write and share his expertise with the field. Dr. Shephard will be remembered as a lifetime contributor and leader in the field of exercise physiology and physical activity for health, and he will be greatly missed.
The NAK’s Standing Committee on Memorials would like to acknowledge the memorial by the University of Toronto and numerous other memorials from journals as a source for this memorial.
Claudine Sherrill, Ed.D.
July 28, 1934 – May 8, 2020
National Academy of Kinesiology – Fellow #298
Claudine Sherrill (NAK Fellow #298, inducted in 1984), Professor Emerita at Texas Woman’s University (TWU), was born on July 28, 1934, in Indiana, and passed away on May 8, 2020. Professor Sherrill graduated from Logansport High School in 1952, and earned her BS in 1955 from TWU with a major in health, physical education, and recreation. Professor Sherrill completed her MA degree in physical education (1957) and her EdD in physical education and educational administration (1961) from Columbia University. She also completed post doctoral training at San Francisco State College.
Professor Sherrill spent the majority of her distinguished career at TWU where she was known for her work in adapted physical education but also taught biomechanics, research methods, and elementary school physical education. She was the first faculty member to receive a federal grant for adapted physical education, and she played a key role in the founding of the university’s specialization for the subject in 1972. She was fondly known as the “mother of adapted physical education.” Prior to accepting a faculty position at TWU in 1961, Professor Sherrill taught at the University of Puerto Rico at Rio Piedras, at City College of New York, Barnard, and in the New York public schools.
Professor Sherrill’s professional career was devoted to the field of adapted physical education and to helping individuals with disabilities. She authored over 160 articles as well as a widely used textbook titled Adapted Physical Activity, Recreation, and Sport: Crossdisciplinary and Lifespan. She mentored many grateful students – overseeing 150 theses and dissertations during her career.
Professor Sherrill provided dedicated service to the field. She served as a member of the Council for Exceptional Children and the Society of Health and Physical Educators. She held leadership roles in the International Federation of Adapted Physical Activity. She also served on multiple professional editorial boards, including as the issues editor for PALAESTRA and editor and associate editor for Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly.
Professor Sherrill earned many honors during her career, including the Hollis Fait Scholar Award, the Laurence Rarick Outstanding Researcher Award and the TWU Alumni Association’s Distinguished Alumni Award. She was the inaugural recipient of the Elly D. Friedmann Award for Outstanding Adapted Physical Activity Contributions. She also received an honorary doctorate in 2004 from the University of Jyvaskyla in Finland highlighting her stellar international reputation.
Professor Sherrill remained professionally active after her retirement from TWU in 2014. She continued to write and serve on editorial boards. Professor Sherrill is fondly remembered by her students and colleagues and has left a lasting legacy to the field of Adapted Physical Activity.
Daryl Siedentop, Ph.D.
July 28, 1938 – July 15, 2021
National Academy of Kinesiology – Fellow #264
Ohio State University Professor Emeritus Daryl Siedentop, 82, passed away on July 15, 2021. He was an avid golfer and runner later in life. Dr. Siedentop was inducted into the Academy in 1979 (Fellow # 264) and was the 2008 Hetherington Award recipient.
Daryl was born on July 28, 1938, in Chicago, IL, and spent his childhood developing his passion for play on the south side of Chicago. During his acceptance of the Hetherington Award, he acknowledged the influence of his brother Larry on his academic career. While his brother graduated from Hope College summa cum laude and went on to Harvard to pursue a master’s degree followed by doctoral studies at Oxford University in England, Daryl was, in his words, “a mediocre economics major” who enjoyed playing basketball and baseball for Hope College. Those of us who were fortunate enough to study with him, are very happy for his lack of passion for the study of Economics. After graduating from Hope College in 1960, Daryl stayed at this institution for 10 years as a teacher and coach. During that time, he earned his master’s degree from Western Michigan University and his doctorate in Physical Education from Indiana University. In 1970 he joined the faculty in the College of Education at The Ohio State University where he spent the rest of his professional career.
After his first year at OSU, he recognized the need for students in his methods classes to see a good teacher in action. He asked Naomi Allenbaugh whether she knew of such a person, and she recommended Bobbie Holloway who was teaching at the Maryland Avenue Elementary School in Bexley. This recommendation led to a long-term relationship (44 years of marriage) where Bobbie was both a supporter and advisor on quality physical education. In his 2008 Hetherington Award acceptance, he noted that the most honest answer to “who influenced the other more” would be to say that it was a draw.
While at The Ohio State University, he recruited a team of young faculty, creating a powerful team of pedagogical teachers and researchers in physical education that were both friends and colleagues. As a young professor, he attended a motor learning conference in Canada where he met Ann Gentile. He was very impressed by her relationship with her doctoral students and how the dynamic of the group lacked hierarchical posturing. He implemented a similar model with his graduate students and achieved a collegial relationship in which third, second and first-year doctoral students worked as teams. First year students learned how to utilize research strategies, while second year students served as data collectors for third year students. This gave the third-year students experience of learning how to plan and manage a research study. During his career, he mentored 81 doctoral students.
Daryl’s dissertation at Indiana University proposed the notion of physical education being associated with Play Theory which was rooted primarily in the work of Roger Caillois. He sent several chapters of his dissertation to Larry Locke for advice on publication. This request for guidance led to a long and productive relationship that also included running marathons and publications.
Daryl was one of the founding fathers of Sport Pedagogy in North America. His scholarly contributions to Sport Pedagogy and Physical Education Teacher Education, are his legacy to our scholarly community. Daryl connected the notion of play with his experience in sport to develop an Instructional Model called Sport Education where all children and youth could experience the benefits of belonging to a team and cooperating with others to achieve meaningful results. Not only does the model promote skill development but it also helps youngsters learn to trust and support others as they work together toward a meaningful goal. In the 1980’s, he consulted with the New Ministry of Education in New Zealand as they introduced Sport Education as the cornerstone of their Physical Education curriculum. In 1994, he published his first book on the subject, Sport Education.
During his doctoral studies at Indiana, his closest friend was Brent Rushall, who introduced him to the research field of behavior analysis and the tenets of radical behaviorism. This work provided the methodology to do productive research on the analysis of teaching effectiveness in physical activity settings. In the mid-1970’s he created OSU’s first graduate class on Single Subject Experimental Design, a course that he taught for more than 20 years every Monday night from 7-9:30 in Pomerene Hall.
Daryl’s contributions to Physical Education cut across four key themes (Play Theory, Sport Education, Physical Activity Policy and the US National Physical Activity Plan, and Physical Education teaching and teacher education research). His mentoring and research with colleagues and doctoral students brought him much pleasure and many lifelong friends. He so much enjoyed hearing of the achievements of those scholars; several were privileged to co-author articles and textbooks with him.
He was highly regarded for his outstanding leadership of and service to the College of Education at Ohio State including the appointment as Senior Associate Dean of the College of Education and as Interim Dean of the College of Education. After retiring, Daryl assumed initial leadership of OSU’s new P-12 Project, a university-wide outreach initiative to support urban school improvement in Ohio. In 2005, he accepted an appointment as research professor and director for the Teacher Quality Partnership, a consortium of Ohio’s 50 colleges and universities designed to enhance teacher quality and ensure highly qualified teachers in every classroom.
Daryl authored several books on physical education, curriculum planning, and sport coaching. In recognition of his scholarly contributions, in 1979, Daryl was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Physical Education (later to be the National Academy of Kinesiology). He earned the 1984 International Olympic Committee President’s Award (Samaranch Award), which is the highest honor for work in Sport Pedagogy.
He was a highly sought-after and respected international keynote speaker and received numerous awards, including the Distinguished Alumni Award from Hope College in 1991 and Indiana University (1995); the Curriculum and Instruction Academy Honor Award from the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) in 1994; the Alliance Scholar Award (1994) and C.H. McCloy Honor Award (1998) from American Alliance for Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (AAHPERD); induction into the NASPE’s Hall of Fame in 2006; the 2008 Clarke W. Hetherington Award from the National Academy of Kinesiology (NAK); and AAHPERD’s highest honor, the Luther H. Gulick Award in 2010.
Daryl retired from OSU in 2001 and was recipient of the Ohio State Hall of Fame Award in 2006, a highlight for him, given his passion for and commitment to Ohio State over many decades. And in 2011, Hope College presented Daryl (as well as his brother Sir Larry Siedentop) with honorary doctoral degrees as alumni.
The countless awards and recognitions for Daryl’s achievements and accomplishments in the academy are a clear reflection of the impact he had on the field of Physical Education. He should however be remembered as well for other aspects of his life. First, there was his boundless passion and love of sport. While never deifying it, he saw its value and importance as something that deserves to be preserved, supported, and enhanced. Second, the care and commitment he showed to his many students, colleagues, and friends was evident in his relationships both while they were part of the OSU program and during their careers. Although he has left us physically, his impact lives on with his writings and the work of his doctoral students (and their students) as they continue the journey that he began over 50 years ago.
Daryl is survived by his wife Bobbie, his brother Sir Larry Siedentop in England, Martha (Jim Kline) Holloway, Tim (Cathy Kane-Holloway) Holloway, Ron Hutchison, nieces and nephews Timmy, Casey, and Caitlin Holloway, and Laura Hutchison.
Dr. Uriel Simri
May 22, 1925 – February 18, 2016
National Academy of Kinesiology – International Fellow
Born on May 22, 1925 in Vienna, Austria, Uriel Simri, an International Fellow who was inducted into the National Academy of Kinesiology in 1983, passed away on February 18, 2016. In 1934, Uriel and his family moved to Palestine where he lived for several years before embarking on his education. Uriel received his bachelor’s degree from the City College of New York and his master’s and doctoral degrees from West Virginia University. All of his degrees were in the area of physical education. In 1961 he became associated with Israel’s Wingate Institute of Physical Education and Sport where he held several important positions, including Deputy Director, Scientific Director, Director of the Instructional Media Division, and Director of the Department of Social Sciences. He was assigned by the Israeli government as the Director of Athletics at Haile Selassie University of Addis Ababa in Ethiopia from 1963-64. From its inception in 1981 until 1989, Uri also served as the Executive Director of the International Jewish Sports Hall of Fame where he became an elected member in 1991.
Uri was a prolific author in the area of physical education and physical culture. He authored more than 20 books, including Comparative Physical Education and Sport, Jews in the World of Sports: A Historical View, and A Concise World History of Women’s Sports. He also spoke regularly at national and international organizations, and served as a government advisor.
In addition to his scholarship, Uri served as an international basketball referee where he officiated at the Melbourne Olympic Games. He also served as the president of the Society for the History of Physical Education and Sport in China and as the secretary/treasurer of the International Society of Comparative Physical Education and Sport.
In 2010, Uri was inducted by his alma mater into the West Virginia College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences Hall of Fame. Uriel’s dedication to the profession was significant, and he will always be remembered fondly and with the highest degree of respect.
Dr. Robert (Bob) N. Singer
May 20, 2019
National Academy of Kinesiology – Fellow #251
Robert N. (Bob) Singer passed away peacefully on Monday, May 20, 2019, at the age of 82. Bob was a devoted husband to his wife Beverly (Tyre) Singer. They were happily married for 37 years. He is also survived by step-son Lance (Tina) Johnson and two grandchildren, Asher and Addrey Johnson, as well as one brother Neal (Jill) of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Bob was oneof-a-kind, and ate life with both hands. Family and friends will remember him as caring, compassionate, and gregarious. He would brighten any room with his warm presence, lightning-quick wit, and endearing sense of humor.
Bob attended Brooklyn College, beginning in 1954. His studies were put on hold when he voluntarily enlisted in the US Army during the Korean Conflict, serving from 1955-1958. He was honorably discharged, and returned to Brooklyn College in 1958, where he was a standout guard on the Brooklyn College basketball team. He graduated in 1961 with his B.S., went on to complete his M.S. at Penn State University in 1962, and his Ph.D. from Ohio State University in 1964. Bob then served on the faculty of several universities, including a 17-year tenure at Florida State University. He moved to the University of Florida in 1987, where he served as Chair of the Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences for the next 15 years, during which time he led the department to international prominence.
Bob’s accomplishments as a scholar, leader, teacher, and mentor are legendary. He will be remembered as a true pioneer in the fields of motor learning and sport psychology. His research focused on understanding cognitive processes and learning strategies involved in skill acquisition, expert performance, and the development of expertise. He was a prolific researcher – having published 17 books, over 200 research, scientific, and professional articles, and 25 book chapters over his remarkable career. His extensive and timeless scholarly contributions are perhaps best exemplified by two seminal books, Motor learning and human performance: An application to physical education skills, published in 1968, and the Handbook of Research on Sport Psychology, published in 1993. Both were landmark contributions that served to advance the related fields of motor learning and sport psychology – in substance and respectability – in ways that cannot be overstated. His more than three dozen former Ph.D. students who have carried Bob’s influence throughout the world as faculty members and practitioners will fondly remember Bob as a firm yet gentle, inspiring, and dedicated mentor.
Bob was a selfless, tireless, and innovative servant leader in the field of sport psychology. Among other influential leadership positions, Bob served as Head of the Sport Psychology Division of the Sports Medicine Committee of the United States Olympic Committee, President of the Division of Exercise and Sport Psychology of the American Psychological Association, President of the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education, and President of the International Society of Sport Psychology. Bob was actively involved in international developments and the advancement of sport psychology through his enormous international network of friends and colleagues, as reflected in the nearly 400 presentations he made in more than 50 countries during his career. Bob highly valued the opportunity to apply his scholarly expertise to the benefit of others, and served as a skilled consultant to athletes and coaches across many sports. His reputation extended beyond sports, to other areas of expertise. For example, when President Reagan was shot, the head of his detail called upon Bob’s expertise in the psychological factors underlying movement automaticity during the investigation. Never one to seek recognition for his accomplishments, Bob was nonetheless highly decorated for his incredible impact. Among other awards, he received the inaugural award for Distinguished Contributions to the Science of Exercise of Sport and Exercise Psychology from the American Psychological Association, the Distinguished International Sport Psychology award from the International Society of Sport Psychology, and the Distinguished Scholar award from the North American Society for the Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity. In addition to dedicating his life to studying the psychology of sport and physical activity, Bob practiced what he preached. He was a two sport athlete at Brooklyn College, where he played both baseball and basketball. He was particularly fond of racquet sports, however, and was an accomplished tennis and badminton player. Bob was a generous supporter of, and ambassador for the performing arts. As a leader in the field of kinesiology, Bob had a natural affinity for dance, and was a champion of storytelling through the art of movement. Fittingly, memorial donations in Bob’s name (and in lieu of flowers) can be made to the University of Florida Performing Arts, made out the UF Foundation Inc., Fund 4437, and sent to P.O. Box 14425, Gainesville, FL 32604-2425, attn: Gift Processing. Please note Bob Singer or UF Performing Arts [fund #4437] in the memo area. A memorial celebration of Bob’s life will be held at the Center for Performing Arts, Fackler Foyer, 3201 Hull Rd, Gainesville, FL 32611. Date TBD
Dr. Wayne E. Sinning
March 30, 1931 – October 22, 2015
National Academy of Kinesiology – Fellow #255
Born in South Dakota on March 30, 1931, Wayne E. Sinning, Fellow # 255, passed on October 22, 2015. Wayne was raised on a farm and later served as a hospital corpsman in the United States Navy. He was a physical education major at South Dakota State College where he received his B.S. degree in 1953 and his M.S. degree in 1956. Afterward he was employed as a high school teacher and coach. He graduated with his doctorate from the University of Oregon and was an Assistant Professor and Director of Graduate Physical Education at Montana State University. He subsequently accepted a position as an Associate Professor at Springfield College in Massachusetts. He became a Buxton Professor of Physical Education in 1975 and founded and served as President for the New England Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine. In 1976 he accepted a position as Professor at Kent State University where he remained until he retired in 2001 when he became a Professor Emeritus. At Kent State he was actively involved in the Exercise Physiology Laboratory and organized YMCA training sessions for certification in fitness instruction.
Wayne was a prolific scholar who published on topics related to body composition, resistance training, and cardiovascular and peak VO2 responses. He published significant manuscripts in peer-refereed journals such as the Journal of Applied Physiology, Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, Nutrition and Metabolism, Physiology of Muscular Activity, and Sports Medicine. He also co-authored a text titled Physiology of Muscular Activity.
In addition to scholarship, Wayne provided active service. He was a member of the Board of Associate Editors for Research Quarterly (now Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport), and in 1999 he received the Past Founder’s Award from the Midwest Regional Chapter of the American College of Sports Medicine in recognition of his professional achievements. In 1978 he was inducted into the National Academy of Kinesiology.
Upon retirement, Wayne enjoyed attending sporting event at Kent State University and was a member of the Blue and Gold Club. He is survived by his wife Jane, to whom he was married for 57 years, his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. His contributions to the profession were considerable, and he will be remembered fondly and with great respect.
Hope Mayhew Smith
April 23, 1916 – October 10, 2002
National Academy of Kinesiology – Fellow #207
Hope Mayhew Smith, Fellow # 207, died on October 10, 2002. Hope was 86 years of age at the time of her death. Hope was born April 23, 1916 in New York City. She received her elementary and high school educations in Great Neck, Long Island, New York. Hope received her B.S. degree in 1946 and her M.A. degree in 1948 from Columbia University. In 1954 she received her Ph.D. degree with Honors from New York University.
Hope was an excellent athlete throughout her life. In her early years she won championships in badminton on the Eastern Seaboard. She missed making the Olympic Team in platform diving by only one place. Hope was a keen competitor in golf and played through the age of 83. She had a strong interest and outstanding talent in the arts. She pursued this interest when she studied for two years at the New York City Art Students League prior to studying physical education at Columbia University.
Hope’s early teaching experience was with the YWCA in Connecticut, and at the high school level in Wyndham, Connecticut. Following the completion of her Ph.D. degree, Hope held a professorial appointment at Eastern Michigan University from 1954-55. In 1956 she received a professorial appointment at the University of California, Los Angeles. While at UCLA, Hope participated on a faculty team that began developing the concept of human movement being the core of study in the discipline. From UCLA Hope moved to Purdue University where she headed the perceptual-motor specialization, and chaired the graduate program for M.S. and Ph.D. students.
Hope attracted excellent men and women graduate students whom she stimulated intellectually, and mentored with great support through degree completion. Her integrity, scholarship, and wonderful sense of humor contributed to the professional growth of students under her guidance.
Hope’s scholarly activity included authoring a text for beginning students in the undergraduate major, Physical Education: Exploring Your Future (Prentice-Hall); being editor and author of a text for general college students enrolled in activity courses, Introduction to Human Movement (Addison-Wesley); and publishing juried research articles in motor performance. Among other professional roles, Hope served as chair of the editorial board of Quest.
Hope retired from Purdue University in 1978 as one of only six women full professors in a faculty of 600.
Prepared by John Shea, Fellow # 403. This memorial statement was written in large part by Marguerite (Mickey) A. Clifton, Fellow # 177 who was Hope’s close friend.
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
Professor David Sugden
National Academy of Kinesiology – International Fellow
Emeritus Professor David Sugden, former Professor of Special Needs in Education in the School of Education, and former Pro-Vice-Chancellor, died on 13 March.
David was born and educated in South Yorkshire. After three years at Loughborough, he became a Sports Master at Dunsmore School for Boys in Rugby (now Ashlawn School). A keen sportsman throughout his life, David expected all of his pupils to play a full and active part in school and local teams. He himself played rugby for Rugby.
In 1970, David moved to the USA to study at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where he graduated with a BSc, an MSc and – after an interlude teaching at St Mary’s College of Education, in Twickenham – a PhD. His academic interests were by then focused firmly on children with learning difficulties, in particular on children with difficulties in motor skills. During his time in California, he worked in a variety of schools and clinics, and alongside therapists from the Martin Luther King Hospital, with children who were experiencing learning or movement difficulties, visual disorders, and behavioural issues. He also worked with children on different points of the autism spectrum. Throughout this time, David continued to play competitive rugby, and he also established and coached the first women’s Rugby Union team in California, at UCLA.
In 1977, David was appointed Lecturer in Physical Education at Leeds. He moved to the School of Education in 1981, and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in 1985, to a Readership in Motor Development and Impairment in 1991, and to a developmental Chair in Special Needs in Education in 1992.
David’s research focused almost exclusively upon children, in particular the acquisition or the performance of motor skills in children with and without disabilities. His work included the examination of atypical groups such as children with cerebral palsy and those with developmental coordination disorder. From the outset, his work crossed disciplinary boundaries. He published over 120 academic articles in educational, psychological and paediatric journals, and wrote extensively for both paramedical and educational literature. Publications of particular note include the Movement Assessment Battery for Children (the first and second editions of which he was co-author) and the accompanying Ecological Intervention for Children with Movement Difficulties, together with books on motor development and impairment. He was a member of numerous academic bodies, including the BPS, ACPP, NASPSPA, NASEN, PEAUK, and was a Chartered Psychologist and Fellow of the International Academy for Research into Learning Disabilities; an International Fellow of Kinesiology; and a Fellow of the British Physical Education Association.
David’s research always fed directly into his teaching and supervision. He was an inspiring teacher, whose energy and passion for his subject were infectious, and was particularly in demand for his mastership courses on children with movement skill difficulties and those on generic aspects of special educational needs. He also used his deep subject knowledge and broad experience to inform keynote addresses and workshops in the UK, the US and Europe.
Always formidably productive in both teaching and research, David also quickly developed a reputation for leadership. He was Dean of the Faculty of Education from 1992 to 1994, and then Chair of the School of Education from 1995 to 1998. Appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor in 1998, David proved himself over the next six years a calm and indispensable trouble-shooter and manager of change. His held the Staff and Students portfolio, and his other responsibilities as Pro-Vice-Chancellor included culture, the strategic direction of the Medical School – he even had a short spell as Acting Dean of Medicine – and introducing new arrangements for health and safety. David’s values were collegial, his initial instinct being to negotiate and to persuade, but he had grit, and stood no nonsense. This was a quality which was to serve him well when he led the innovative and complex merger with Bretton Hall, of which he was to become Acting Principal for its final independent year (2000-01). One of his first acts there was to dispense with the Principal’s Range Rover, a move which clearly signalled a new regime; and he won much respect for his candid and principled engagement with the Bretton staff during a difficult period for that institution.
He was an accomplished public speaker, and was particularly effective, for example, in addressing graduands and empathising with parents when presiding at University degree ceremonies. His family often featured in his speeches, and he was delighted to be presiding in the Great Hall when his own daughter graduated.
Towards the end of his tenure as Pro-Vice-Chancellor, David was asked to assume perhaps the University’s ultimate interim role, as Acting Vice-Chancellor, to provide leadership during a four-month interregnum in 2004. That period included a memorable recital by Murray Perahia which David helped to mastermind to mark the restoration of the Clothworkers’ Concert Hall.
David was devoted to the University and took real satisfaction in helping it, even after he completed his last University office, as Dean of the Faculty of Education, Social Studies and Law. His acute talent for sizing up people and situations, and his ability to express in clear language highly nuanced ideas and opinions, made him much in demand, for serving on University boards, panels, and committees, in which capacity he particularly enjoyed unpicking and resolving the knottier problems faced by the institution.
David retired in 2010, and there was a Festschrift in his honour in October of that year. His research and teaching continued, however, as did his close involvement with many other aspects of University life. His broad commitment to education was also reflected in his work as a school governor, most recently for the Grammar School at Leeds.
David was passionate about his work and had a genuinely international academic reputation. He was also a remarkably warm and generous man, with an often irreverent sense of humour and a keen sense of fair play, who enjoyed making time to encourage and develop junior colleagues. He will be sorely missed by former students and colleagues alike.
A private funeral is being held on 3 April – on which day the University flag will be flown at half-mast in David’s memory – and a University memorial service is to be arranged
Charles “Tip” M. Tipton, Ph.D.
November 29, 1927 – May 2, 2021
National Academy of Kinesiology – Fellow #215
On May 2, 2021, Professor Charles “Tip” Tipton., age 93 of Tucson Arizona passed away. He was a sports enthusiast and runner who loved animals, nature, and time with family. Dr. Tipton was inducted into the Academy in 1971 (Fellow # 215) and was the 2012 Hetherington Award recipient.
Charles Tipton was born on November 29, 1927 in Evanston, IL the third child of Charles M, Tipton and Elizabeth (White) Tipton. His father was a treasurer and senior account manager for a local furniture store in Winnetka, IL. At the beginning of The Great Depression, the family moved to Dickerson, MD, a small rural town in the Northwest region of the state that was close to other family members. As a child he spent his days doing chores and tending cows, chickens and rabbits on his family’s 10 acre farm that lacked plumbing and electricity.
He attended high school during World War II, when many qualified science, mathematics, and physical education teachers were not available or were reluctant to teach in rural areas. His vocational high school had a strong emphasis in agriculture and animal husbandry. His senior year he was selected to lead daily calisthenics during the physical education period and asked to organize class indoor-outdoor sporting events thus laying the groundwork for his future career. Upon turning 18, he enlisted in the Army and served for two years in the Army of Occupation in Japan (1946-48). The Army sent him to school to become a physical fitness instructor, and he was assigned to conduct basic training camps both stateside as well as in Japan (25th Division). After his discharge from military service, he became a physical education major at the University of Maryland and after two years transferred to Springfield College (MA), graduating with a BS in Physical Education in 1952. Following graduation, he obtained a Teaching Assistantship at the University of Illinois, completing his MS dissertation in Physical Education under the supervision of Thomas K. Cureton who was the Director of the Physical Fitness Laboratory.
He taught physical education and coached in rural regions of Illinois for two years before deciding to pursue a Ph.D. at the University of Illinois. His initial area of student was in Health Education and as part of his assistantship, he provided exercise therapy for disabled students. For financial reasons, he changed advisors and began work with Dr. Darrell Hall who was conducting fitness tests on 4-H members. His work and studies led to the development of his passion for physiology the area where he completed his doctoral training.
In 1961, he accepted a position as an Assistant Professor of Research at Springfield College, which in essence was a post-doctoral experience in physiology. While at Springfield, he worked with Dr. Peter Karpovich learning how to evaluate and analyze experimental data. In 1963, he accepted a position at the University of Iowa where he was charged to develop a doctoral program in Exercise Physiology. With strong support from Department Chair, Dr. Louis Alley, the program was launched as the first interdisciplinary PhD program in Exercise Science. By 1986, the program had graduated 26 individuals with Ph.D. degrees, of which 25 had secured academic appointments (one individual started his own company). In 2015, publication records of those graduates were evaluated, and their collective productivity was approximately 2,000 publications. Publications by his professional “grandchildren” now number over 3,000.
While at Iowa, he helped change the perception about the ability of physical education graduate programs to produce qualified individuals to conduct exercise physiology research. He established a B.S. in exercise and sport sciences at the University of Iowa in the mid-1980s, which later served as a template for a B.S. in physiology. He is recognized as well for contributions to the fields of Applied Physiology, Experimental Biology, and the emergent field of Gravitational and Space Biology with NASA. He moved to Arizona to become Director of Exercise and Sports Sciences. As Emeritus Professor of Physiology at the University of Arizona, he remained active in retirement with the American Physiology Society (APS) and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM).
Under his leadership as ACSM’s 18th president from 1974-75, ACSM authored its first position stand and prepared to move to national prominence. To date, Tip remains among a select group to be honored with both the Citation Award (1979) and the Honor Award (1986). Over his career, he wrote over 150 scientific publications, authored the History of Exercise Physiology, and presented at numerous conferences. and held multiple academic appointments. He also worked with the ACSM Foundation to establish the Charles M. Tipton Student Research Award to recognize student research and provide financial assistance to participate in the ACSM Annual Meeting.
He is survived by wife Betty Tipton and daughters Teresa, Paula, Barb, Lisa and foster daughter Pat. In lieu of a memorial service, the family invites contributions to the ACSM Foundation or local food bank.
1925 – 2010
National Academy of Kinesiology – International Fellow
Shortly before Christmas of 2010 at the age of 85, Prof. Horst Ueberhorst (1925 – 2010) passed away. He has been an International Fellow of the NAK since 1979.Horst was a physical educator and in 1953 at age 27 he earned his Ph.D. in Modern and Medieval History from the University of Bonn. He had also studied German and Protestant Theology. He taught these four subjects at high school and Physical Education at university, worked with the Minister of Education of his home-state of North Rhine-Westphalia, before he became the founding Dean of the Physical Education Faculty at the newly founded Ruhr-University at Bochum.
For all the international sport historians of the ’70s and ’80s (his last monograph is of 1992) Prof. Ueberhorst was leading the way of international cooperation. His 7-volume; 3,737 page “World History of Physical Education and Sport” (published between 1972 and ’89) covers more than 100 countries. He was a very good and keen editor. It helped lay the basis for a truly worldwide connection of sport historians and covered some countries for the first time. Although much of his historical writing dealt with political aspects, he preferred to consider himself a cultural historian. Prof. Ueberhorst could communicate in French and read Latin, but preferred English in which he was fluent. He taught and published in the United States as well (the Library of Congress holds 18 books of him).
His own work on physical education at the NAPOLA (the Nazi elite schools) is still the standard after 40 years. His research on the worker sports movement made use of the sources available at the time and was leading the way for more research by others later on. His work on sports leaders during the Nazi period showed that he was looking for the people and their functions and actions. In his differentiated view of history, he was very modern.
Over half of his 29 books focus on Sport History. In 1991, Andreas Luh & Edgar Beckers edited the Festschrift for his 65th birthday which contains a full bibliography up until that time. It was titled “Umbruch und Kontinuität im Sport: Reflexionen im Umfeld der Sportgeschichte; Festschrift für Horst Ueberhorst.” Having grown up in Wattenscheid in the Ruhr area (next to Bochum), he also wrote on numerous topics, including the social history of his region, the German element in the U.S. labor movement, the German and the German-American Turners, a history of rowing among others.
Dr. Kruger noted that: “I first met Horst in 1973 in a hospital where he was recovering from surgery on his Achilles tendon. He had ruptured it while demonstrating gymnastics with apparatus at age 48. I had sent him my manuscript for a series of books he had been editing and he asked me whether I had time to come down to the Black Forest to go over the manuscript with him. I went and then it took me another two years to answer all of his queries and finish my biography on Theodor Lewald in a way he would approve. His enthusiasm for sound scholarship and readability was impressive and contagious.”
The European Committee for Sport History (CESH) has been honouring Horst with Annual Horst-Ueberhorst Honorary Address ever since 1997. Horst was present in Kattowicz, Poland) at the 2nd CESH Congress and was very pleased that this series of world renowned sport historians started with George Eisen who had been a graduate student of his when Horst had been guest professor at the University of Maryland with Marvin Eyler. CESH-Kattowice was Horst’s last international appearance. German sport historiography has lost a giant on whose shoulders we have been standing, European sport historiography is losing one of the corner stones of international cooperation. May he rest in peace.
Based on information provided by Dr. Arnd Kruger (Int. Fellow).
Adele Celeste Ulrich
1924 – 2011
National Academy of Kinesiology – Fellow #182
Celeste Ulrich, Fellow #182, died on August 4, 2011 after a short illness. For those of you who knew Celeste, it will be hard to accept that her voice is now silent. She was a consummate orator, whose voice once heard, could not be forgotten. Celeste’s messages and unique ways of delivery are vivid memories. She believed that speeches were made to be given, not read, and hers, categorically so. Celeste’s brilliant use of analogies strengthened by her grasp of the liberal arts and distinctive use of the language drew you easily into her world of ideas and dreams. She made these ideas pertinent and meaningful by showing us the power liberal arts had in their creation, something she lived every day. Celeste even captured you with her speech titles: Relevance, Revision, Reality – New Bottles for Old Wine, You Must Run at Least Three Times as Fast, The Mystery of the Invisible Female, The Demise of Minnie Mouse, Farewell the Tranquil Mind, and You Can’t Put Backspin on a Beanbag. She challenged herself to challenge us. For those who dared to think and try to make a difference, she would say “Bravo!” Here now is a glimpse of her legacy.
Celeste Ulrich was born August 24, 1924 to Frank G. Ulrich and Adele Seidewitz Ulrich in Baltimore, Maryland. She grew up in an era when opportunities for women were severely limited. Over her long and distinguished academic career, she changed stereotypes and broke many gender barriers.
Celeste graduated from Forest Park High School in 1942, and received her bachelor’s degree from the Woman’s College (now UNCG) in 1946. In 1947 she earned her master’s degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and her PhD from the University of Southern California in 1956.
Celeste taught as a graduate fellow at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1946. From 1947 to 1956 she taught at Madison College (now James Madison University) in Harrisonburg, Virginia, then returned to the Woman’s College in 1956. In 1979 she left for the University of Oregon in Eugene to serve as professor and Dean of the College of Human Development and Performance. She retired as Dean Emerita of the College in 1990.
Celeste contributed extensively to the promotion of physical education and sport through her research, writing, speaking and professional service. During her tenure as President of the National Association for Physical Education of College Women, the Amy Morris Homans Lecture and the journal Quest were established. She held the offices of Vice President and President (1976-1977) of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation. In 1983, The Alliance honored her with its prestigious Luther Halsey Gulick Award
Celeste was a fiercely independent person. She was generous with her time and money in supporting causes throughout the country. Her life was dedicated to her profession and women’s causes. She was a mentor and inspiration to women for six decades. While Celeste was a serious person who held a number of important posts, she had an uncommon humility. She had a great sense of humor and an ability to find the good even in challenging situations. She was an avid international traveler who had a great interest in other cultures. She had an intellectual curiosity which was satisfied as a lifelong learner.
On the occasion of her 50th reunion from the Woman’s College, Celeste spoke at an alumni event sharing her belief in the value of her education with the following words:
For me, personally, my experiences in the Woman’s College Department of Physical Education would prove to be the platform of all subsequent endeavors and would remain as colorful today as they were over a half-century ago. If my College experiences were glazed with gold, it appears that those of yours, the current contingent, will be brushed with specks of diamonds. I wish for all of us such a bejeweled future.
Wayne D. Van Huss
September 5, 1917 – June 7, 2004
National Academy of Kinesiology – Fellow #191
Wayne Van Huss, Professor Emeritus, Michigan State University, died June 7, 2004, in East Lansing, Michigan, at the age of 86. He was born September 5, 1917, in Pekin, Illinois. He received his bachelor’s degree in 1939 from Illinois State Normal University in biological science and his Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in 1949 and 1953, both from the University of Illinois in physical education. He served for more than 30 years as Michigan State University’s director of the Human Energy Research Laboratory and professor in the Department of Kinesiology. A skilled athlete, he was a javelin thrower in college and beyond, winning four gold medals in the Senior Olympics. He also served with honor in WWII in the Army and Army Air Corps as a pilot and flight instructor.
Wayne D. Van Huss, known as “Van” to his friends, was an internationally recognized expert on the differential effects of specific exercise regimens on muscle, nerve and bone. His work on the structure and function of skeletal muscle as a result of various exercise programs and the relationship of exercise to such cardiac risk factors as serum cholesterol and obesity were initiated long before they became popular topics of study in the scientific community. His systematic, interdisciplinary, and collaborative approach to research made possible many years of financial support from the National Institutes of Health and produced numerous publications in scholarly journals. Although Van’s primary interests were in the area of experimental biology, he always prided himself on being a physical educator. His conviction that the exercise habits of a lifetime are based on the knowledge and attitudes developed in childhood led him to direct a physical education curriculum project for elementary school children in Battle Creek, Michigan. He also developed one of the first academically-oriented university courses in physical education for the general student, called Healthy Lifestyles.
Van also earned the reputation of being a stimulating, inspirational teacher and graduate advisor. He regarded his students’ ideas as valuable, interesting, and even exciting, and imparted a sense of urgency to their professional development. He also believed that doctoral programs should be individualized to meet the needs and goals of each student rather than always following a professor’s program of research. This allowed his graduates to develop successful careers in such areas biomechanics, motor control, and corporate wellness.
Van was elected into the American Academy of Physical Education (now AAKPE) and the American Physiological Society in 1967. He was awarded Michigan State University’s Distinguished Faculty Award in 1979, Illinois State University Alumni Achievement Award in 1981, AAHPERD Alliance Scholar Award in 1985, AAKPE Hetherington Award in 1990, and the Vern Seefeldt Lifetime Achievement Award sponsored by the Governor’s Council/Michigan Fitness Foundation in 1998. He served the American College of Sports Medicine as Board of Trustees member and vice-president, the AAHPERD as chair of the research council, and the AAKPE as executive committee member.
Although Wayne Van Huss was known as an outstanding scientist and teacher, his students and co-workers will remember him fondly as the friend who was never too busy to lend a hand, provide counsel or offer the encouragement that was needed to overcome a problem. Wayne Van Huss leaves a legacy of devotion to the understanding of exercise in daily living. Dr. Van Huss will be missed by family and friends. He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Edna “Billie”; five daughters, Terry (Jim) Golden, Randie (Curt) Black, Trudy (Steve) Stewart, Joie (Marty) West, and Amy (Tom) Blasen.
Contributions can be made to the Wayne Van Huss Memorial Scholarship Fund, Department of Kinesiology, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824 as requested by the family.
Prepared by Deborah L. Feltz, Fellow #340, and Henry J. Montoye, Fellow #148.
Harold J. VanderZwaag
June 26, 1929 – July 10, 2011
National Academy of Kinesiology – Fellow #265
Harold was born on June 26th, 1929 in Spring Lake Michigan and passed away on July 10th, 2011 in Amherst MA at the age of 82. Harold was Professor Emeritus of Sport Management at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He received his B.A. from Calvin College in Michigan and his PhD from the University of Michigan. He taught at the United States Coast Guard Academy, served on active duty, and retired with the rank of Commander from the Coast Guard Reserve. Harold also taught at DePaul University, the University of Illinois, and from 1967-1993 at the University of Massachusetts. In 1967, Hal was hired as the Head of the Department of Physical education for Men. In 1972, Harold spearheaded the efforts to begin a sport management academic program at the University of Massachusetts at which time sport only had a minor role in academia or business. In 1974, Hal was appointed as the first Head of the Department of Sport Studies later becoming Sport Management and now the Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management. Hal was viewed nationally as a key figure in the development of sport management as a true profession and a scholarly area of study. He was the first Department Head of the program until 1981. His prominence as a scholar gave credibility to the vision that would unfold in the development of a sport management program, only the second formalized program at that time in the world.
Hal was a prolific author, having written six books, including Policy Development in Sport Management, Sport Management in Schools and Colleges, and Introduction to Sport Studies. Hal enjoyed teaching Policy Development, the capstone course for graduate students at the University of Massachusetts. He served as president of the Philosophic Society for the Study of Sport and editor of the Journal of the Philosophy of Sport. Hal is survived by his wife, Jane, his children and their families.
Memoriam statement was adapted from an obituary published by the Gazettenet.com, a tribute written by Professor Glenn Wong, and materials available from the Mark H. McCormack Department of Sport Management.
June 18, 1915 – July 24, 2004
National Academy of Kinesiology – Fellow #243
Maryhelen Vannier, Fellow # 243, died on July 24, 2004. Maryhelen was 89 years of age at the time of her death. Maryhelen was born June 18, 1915, in Bluffs, Illinois. Maryhelen’s parents encouraged her and her sisters to go to school and learn a craft, something that wasn’t common for women in the early 20th century. She earned a B.S. degree from Millikin University (Decatur, Illinois) in 1938, a M.S. degree from Teachers’ College, Columbia University in 1942, and a Ed.D. from New York University in 1948.
Maryhelen taught physical education at several colleges and universities, including St. Lawrence University, Drake University, University of Maryland, and New York University, before locating at Southern Methodist University in 1950, where she served as Director of the Women’s Department of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation. She taught at SMU for 31 years until retiring in 1981. Maryhelen was the third woman to become a full professor at SMU.
Maryhelen wrote 29 books about physical education, including Physcial Activities for the Handicapped and Individual and Team Sports for Girls and Women. Maryhelen’s first book, Teaching P.E. in Elementary Schools which was published in 1954 sold one million copies and was translated into five languages. Maryhelen’s last book, Have the Time of Your Life! was a testimonial to her positive philosophy on life that affected her students and colleagues during her 31 years at SMU. This book which was written by Maryhelen when she was 71 years of age, advised people of all ages on how to enhance their lives by managing and understanding time and personal priorities. According to Maryhelen., “Time provides hours for us to spend with our families or other loved ones, to develop the patterns that result in improved health and to find meaning and satisfaction in our work and even true happiness in life.”
Maryhelen was unusually active in professional associations and held numerous offices and committee assignments in the American Association for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (AAHPER) both in the Southern District and at the national level. Among these on the national level are Vice-President of the AAHPER and Chairman of the Recreation Division, 1960-61; member of the Constitution Committee; Secretary, Public Recreation Section; and on the Editorial Board for Leisure in Schools published by the AAHPER. In the Southern District she served as Vice-President for Recreation,, 1957-58; Chairman, Nominating Committee, 1958-59; and Editor of the Newsletter. At the State level she served as President of the Texas Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation (TAHPER), 1963-64; Vice-President for Recreation in the TAHPER and in 1959-60 was Vice-President for College. In 1961 Maryhelen was a recipient of the TAHPER Honor Award. Other organizations in which she exhibited leadership are the American Camping Association, National and Southern Associations of Physical Education for College Women, and Women’s Faculty Club in Dallas, of which she served as President. In addition, Maryhelen served as a delegate to the International Congress for Physical Education Teachers of Girls and Women, 1949 and 1958; and the national Conference on Reference in Therapeutic Recreation; and being a member of President Eisenhower’s Advisory youth Council in 1960.
Maryhelen’s leadership and service received great recognition. She received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Millikin University, 1962; and was named as Resident Fellow of the Council of the Humanities, SMU, 1962-63. SMU installed a bronze plaque in recognition of Maryhelen’s leadership and contributions to health and physical education throughout the world. She is was listed in Who’s Who in Education, Leaders in Education, Who’s Who of American women, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, Who’s Who in American Colleges and Universities, Texas Women of Distinction, and Contemporary Authors: An International Biographical guide to Current Authors.
Teaching physical education was a natural choice for Maryhelen because she enjoyed playing tennis and basketball, among other sports, while she was in college. She was an athlete all of her life. During her education career, Maryhelen was named a Distinguished Alumni from Millikin University. After retirement, she volunteered to teach physical education to blind and visually impaired children and fitness classes for adults.
Maryhelen was a lifelong advocate of education, and reading in particular. She said, “books stay with you forever and no one can take that away from you.” Maryhelen had a personal library of thousands of books. Her friend, Johnnie Gee said, “as long a she could do that–read all day and all night–she was happy.”
Prepared by John Shea, Fellow # 403, who would like to express appreciation to Maryhelen’s nephew Charles Busenhart, who provided information and the photo for this memorial.
Dr. Martii Ilkka Vuori
1937 – 2022
National Academy of Kinesiology – International Fellow
It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of International Fellow Dr. Martii Ilkka Vuori who passed away at the age of 85 on October 21, 2022 at his home in Tampere Finland. Dr. Vuori served as the first director of the UKK Institute for Health Promotion Research from 1981 until 2001. His educational background was in medicine specializing in clinical physiology and exercise medicine. He received his PhD in 1973 on the topic of cardiac load caused by intense exercise. Prior to his years at the UKK Institute, Dr. Vuori worked as physician-in-charge at Turku Sports Medicine Research Centre, research director at the Social Insurance Institution of Finland’s Rehabilitation Research Institute, and as a professor of public health at the University of Jyväskylä and University of Turku.
Under Dr. Vuori’s leadership, the UKK Institute became a nationally and internationally recognized research institute in the areas of health promotion, health-enhancing physical activity, home- and leisure-time accidents, and health-related physical fitness test development. Dr. Vuori was a respected pioneer in the physical activity and health field, both in Finland and internationally. The Finnish-language definition of ‘health-enhancing physical activity’ that he initiated is now an established part of professional terminology in Finland. The English version of the term and its ‘HEPA’ abbreviation have also become standard expressions in the scientific and professional communities.
Dr. Vuori provided leadership to a variety of international organizations serving as director of the European Promotion of Health-Enhancing Physical Activity (HEPA) network (1996–2001), advisor to the World Health Organization (WHO) and chair of the board of the European Association of Cardiovascular Rehabilitation. In Finland, he served as chair or member of the board for the Finnish Society of Sport Sciences, Suomen Latu the Outdoor Association of Finland, Finnish Society of Sports Medicine, and the Strength in Old Age strategy group.
Dr. Vuori published more than 400 scientific articles and numerous books in addition to writing for professional journals and the general public. During his emeritus years, he focused his writing on the importance of physical activity for older people. In an interview published in the UKK Institute’s magazine, Vuori stated that “Ideas that remain in one person’s head never become useful on a wider scale.” He modeled these beliefs in his leadership of the UKK Institute which was leader in applied research intended to serve a practical purpose.
Raymond A. Weiss
October 22, 1916 – May 16, 2019
National Academy of Kinesiology – Fellow #149
Dr. Raymond A. Weiss, former Department Chairperson and Head of the Division of Physical Education, Health and Leisure Studies, New York University, passed away on May 16, 2019. Born in Cleveland Ohio, Dr. Weiss completed his undergraduate work at the University of Illinois where he was a member of the varsity gymnastics team that won 1st place honors during his three years of NCAA competition. He obtained a master’s degree from Springfield College, a Ph.D. from New York University, and an Ed.D. from Teachers College, Columbia University. Dr. Weis regularly presented papers at conventions, learned societies, and published in professional journals and books. His consultant activities covered a range of fields, including consulting with the Air Force, the New York City Board of Education, and the American Board for Certification of Corrective Therapists. At New York University, with funding from the U.S. Office of Education, he directed the development of a prototype doctoral program to train resource specialists in physical education for handicapped persons.
Serving his profession at all levels, Dr. Weiss was a visiting associate at Educational Testing Service, Princeton, N.J. and directed the development of a Graduate Record Examination Advanced Test in Physical Education. As a visiting scholar, Dr. Weiss lectured at the University of Delaware and, at the invitation of the Israeli Minister of Education and Culture, he gave a series of lectures at Hebrew University on the health benefits of physical activity. He was a research consultant to Norwalk, Connecticut’s federal project to develop a training program for school-alienated youth, to the New York City Board of pupils, to the Boy’s Clubs of America in evaluating their Executive Training Program, and to the American Board for Certification of Corrective Therapists in the development of certification requirements. Among other honors, Air Force Captain Weiss received a commendation from the U.S. Air Surgeon in 1945 for his part in the development and application of a graded-exercise program for Air Force personnel hospitalized with rheumatic fever, at a time when bed rest rather than exercise was practice in patient care.
In addition to book and journal article publications, Dr. Weiss held more than 12 elected offices in professional associations including President of the American Academy of Physical Education and Treasurer of the American College of Sports Medicine. He became a fellow in the National Academy of Kinesiology (the Academy) in 1960 (Fellow #149) and served as President of the Academy from 1972-1973. In recognition of his many accomplishments, SHAPE America has honored Dr. Weiss with the creation of the Raymond A. Weiss Lecture as a part of the Distinguished Lecture Series at the SHAPE America National Convention. This lecture supports “a scholarly presentation by an individual in the arts and sciences who is an outstanding leader and who has made an important contribution to his or her field, and who has ties to one or more of the fields of HPERD.” After retirement in 1981, Dr. Weiss undertook a post-doctoral internship in clinical psychology and began a second career as a licensed psychologist in private practice, joining his wife, Rosalee, to form Weiss & Weiss Psychological Associates, P.A. He held licenses as a practicing psychologist in New Jersey and Arizona.
Dr. Weiss is survived by his wife, Dr. Rosalee Weiss. Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.guttermanmusicantwien.com for the WEISS family. This memorial has been adapted from Dr. Weiss’s obituary.
Christine L. (Chris) Wells, Ph.D.
March 22, 1938 – February 20, 2019
National Academy of Kinesiology – Fellow #289
Dr. Christine (Chris) L. Wells, age 80, died on February 20, 2019. She is preceded in death by her parents, Edythe A. Wells and Harold E. Wells, and her life partner, Anita Notdurft Hopkins (who died in 2002). She was born in Buffalo, NY and attended the public schools of Kenmore, NY. She received a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan, a Master’s degree from Smith College, and a Ph.D. degree from the Pennsylvania State University. She completed a 2-year Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the University of California at Santa Barbara.
Her teaching career spanned many years and many levels beginning with middle school in Grosse Pointe, Michigan in 1959, and continuing at Smith College, Dalhousie University (Nova Scotia, Canada), Temple University (Philadelphia), and culminating as a full Professor at Arizona State University in 1997. She was instrumental in establishing new degree programs in physical education, wellness education, and exercise science (Kinesiology). She was known as a demanding, as well as dedicated and enthusiastic teacher, who developed critical thinking skills in her undergraduate and graduate students. She often included her graduate students in her research publications and other writings.
Chris was the writer of more than 100 research papers and reviews, and she was the author of three books: The Environment and Human Performance (with Emily Haymes); Women, Sport and Performance: A Physiological Perspective (2 editions; translated into Spanish, Korean and Japanese); and a trade book Healthy Hearts, Healthy Women.
She held many elected professional offices often being the first woman in those positions, and received many national level awards such as The Wonder Woman Award, the Billie Jean King Award (Women’s Sports Foundation), the Alumni Fellow Award (Penn State University), Distinguished Alumna of the University of Michigan College of Education, and the Citation Award of the American College of Sports Medicine.
Chris practiced what she preached. She played all sorts of sports prior to Title IX, took up bicycling and running in her 40s and was nationally ranked in Biathlon (cycling and running) and Triathlon (swimming, cycling and running). She was passionate about the out-of-doors and an active “environmentalist”. She made no bones about being a “tree hugger”. She regularly skied, hiked, and snowshoed, and always said that was why she retired to Taos.
Please do not send flowers. Chris would rather that donations be made to the Western Environmental Law Center.
Dr. Melvin H. (Mel) Williams
1937 – 2016
National Academy of Kinesiology – Fellow #300
Mel Williams, eminent professor emeritus of exercise science at Old Dominion University, a world-renowned researcher of athletes and an elite distance runner who helped create the local running community, has died in Norfolk. He was 78.
Williams touched many in the Old Dominion community as a mentor, scholar and endurance athlete.
“He was an inspirational faculty member for thousands of Old Dominion University students, and a world-renowned scholar,” said Old Dominion President John R. Broderick. “He was also an incredible athlete and, most importantly, a terrific human being. I will miss him.”
Born in 1937 in Kingston, Pa., Williams dedicated his career to the study of ergogenics, or sports performance enhancement. Shaped by experiences such as trying to gain weight to play football and lose weight to wrestle competitively, Williams was constantly curious about the steps athletes took to improve their results.
Williams was a military medic and paratrooper who later studied physical education at East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. Williams played football there, and in 1961 when a teammate collapsed after a game because of an overdose of amphetamines, he was hooked on the budding field of ergogenics.
After earning his master’s in physical education at Ohio University in Athens, Williams coached football and wrestling at the high school level in Reading, Pa. His desire to coach college-level athletics motivated him to earn his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland in 1968.
Soon Williams was researching the effects of other ergogenics, such as caffeine and blood doping, on athletic performance. In the decades since, Williams explored everything from skin-tight swimwear to the effects of hypnosis.
After arriving at Old Dominion in 1968, Williams founded both the Human Performance Laboratory and the Wellness Institute. He served as Old Dominion University cross country coach, and NCAA faculty representative for ODU Athletics. Williams retired in 1997, but stayed active speaking about human performance issues and, of course, running competitively.
Lynn Ridinger, chair of the Department of Human Movement Sciences, where Williams worked for many years, said he made a tremendous impact on the department, the University, his academic discipline and the region’s runners.
“Mel was a world-renowned scholar, a record-holding distance runner and a friend to many. He was a wonderful person who will be missed,” Ridinger said.
Until being forced to stop recently, Williams was one of only four men to have competed in every Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia. He won his age group in the Boston Marathon at ages 51, 60 and 61. Local runners affectionately called him “The Legend.”
“He was also an amazing runner who was responsible for creating much of the running community in this area as we know it,” said Eddie Hill, assistant professor of park, recreation and tourism at Old Dominion.
Through his published research, Williams became known worldwide for his expertise on the effects of drugs on athletic performance, nutrition for fitness and sport, and ergogenics. He was the founding editor, in 1991, of the International Journal of Sports Nutrition, the first professional periodical of its kind, and he served on the board of the American College of Sports Medicine.
“For the younger faculty who did not know Mel, he was one of the greatest scholars that I have ever met, but more importantly he was one of the greatest human beings that I have ever met. He will be sorely missed,” said Bob Case, associate professor of sport management.
Williams is survived by his wife, Jeanne Kruger-Williams, who received a doctorate in education from Old Dominion in 1980. She also is an accomplished distance runner who has won her age group at the New York City Marathon and placed second in Boston. He is also survived by daughter Serena Newsom and husband Jeff; stepdaughter Sara May and husband Nik; grandchildren Daniel and David Newsom and Katy, Lucy and Jake May; brother, Gail; and many nieces and nephews. Mel was predeceased by his parents; and sisters, Georgia and Betty Jean.
In lieu of flowers and continuing Mel’s spirit of giving, donations may be made to the Melvin H. Williams Scholarship for Exercise Science. Please make checks payable to the ODU Educational Foundation, 4417 Monarch Way, 4th Floor, Norfolk 23529. Or to the Mel Williams Memorial Scholarship, payable to the Tidewater Striders, 1585 Lake James Dr., Virginia Beach 23464.
Jack H. Wilmore, Ph.D.
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.
Christian W. Zauner, Ph.D.
November 2, 2014
National Academy of Kinesiology – Member #327
Christian Zauner, NAK Fellow #327, passed away November 2, 2014 in Oregon. He was 84. Dr. Zauner was the founding dean of the East Carolina University, School of Health and Human Performance (now the College of Health & Human Performance). Chris joined the ECU administration after a distinguished career as an exercise physiologist at Temple University, the University of Florida and Oregon State University, and served as Dean from 1994 – 1999.
Following his doctoral work at Syracuse University, Chris took a position at Temple (1963-65). In 1965, Chris moved to the University of Florida where he also held an adjunct associate professorship in the College of Medicine. Chris teamed with a medical school colleague and began his funded career of studying physical activity and its effect on health. He was good at it: a curious, disciplined, creative, and a real scientist when there were not many in the field of physical education. That is his contribution to kinesiology – he helped set the stage for much of what was to come by earning the respect of our colleagues in the biological sciences
In 1987, Chris moved to Oregon State as Professor and Chair of Exercise and Sport Science. Then, in 1994, Chris decided to see if he could make his mark on upper administration, and he took the position of founding Dean of what was to become the first School of Health and Human Performance. Chris was a perfect fit. His blend of intellect, creativity (and published poet, with poems in the National Poetry Anthology in 1957 and 1961), and sense of honor (Chris became known among the deans and provost as the model of integrity among administrators at ECU) were just right for the new School.
His leadership style was undoubtedly shaped by an important chapter in his life and that was his service as a Navy Corpsman with the Marines during the Korean War (1951-54). Chris’ Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) was what is now known as HM-8427 Fleet Marine Force Reconnaissance Independent Duty Corpsman. In everyday language he was a combat medic. His military experience brought him a sense of identity and informed his being, and instilled in him wisdom and a sense of honor, qualities that he modeled in his personal and professional life. Chris as the man was defined by his service in the military, his family (he was utterly devoted to his wife Betty, his children and grandchildren), and researching physical activity.
Chris was a person of quiet joy, wit, and dedication to others. He was in hospice care in Portland, Oregon and had the opportunity visit with Betty, his children and grandchildren, before he passed away. His portrait hangs proudly in the Cain conference room of the HHP dean’s suite at East Carolina University
Earle F. Ziegler, Ph.D.
August 20, 1919 – September 29, 2018
National Academy of Kinesiology – Fellow #184
Earle F. Ziegler, PhD, passed away on Saturday, September 29, 2018, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Earle celebrated a wonderful 99th birthday in August of 2018 and had been doing well until he became ill with the pneumonia about three weeks before he passed away. His wife Anne, daughter Barbara, and grandson Kenan survive him. He was a friend, colleague, mentor, and unparalleled leader in Kinesiology. Earle was born on August 20, 1919 in New York City. At 21, he earned a BA in German from the prestigious Bates College in Lewiston, Maine. In the subsequent 11 years he earned an MA in German and a PhD in the History and Philosophy of Education, both from Yale University. Earle was a top-caliber athlete in several sports, including football, wrestling, swimming, and table tennis.
Earle’s professional career began as Aquatics Director at a Young Men’s Christian Association in Connecticut in 1941. From 1943-1949 he taught physical education and coached football and wrestling at Yale University. He also engaged in part-time teaching at the University of Connecticut, New Haven campus, and the University of Western Ontario, Canada, during this time. In 1950 he was named Head of the Department of Physical, Health, and Recreation Education at the University of Western Ontario, a role he continued in until 1956. While at Western Ontario, he also coached three sports (i.e., football, swimming, and wrestling). In 1961 he joined the University of Michigan as Department Chair. He moved to the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1964, where he served as Department Head until 1969. In 1972 he returned to Western Ontario where he served as the first Dean of the Faculty of Kinesiology (nee Physical Education) until 1977. He retired from Western Ontario in 1989. Throughout his career, more than 100 students completed their masters and doctoral work with him, and many of them subsequently became distinguished leaders in the field.
Of course, Earle never completely retired. During his semi-retirement, he was a prolific and devoted author, speaker, consultant, and professional servant. From 1948-2015, Earle published 57 books and monographs, and 445 journal articles in the areas of sport philosophy, sport history, sport management, comparative and international aspects, and professional preparation. He is also the namesake of the prestigious Earle F. Zeigler Lecture Award that is awarded annually by the North American Society for Sport Management.
Earle’s outstanding dedication and service to professional and scholarly societies and associations are well documented. Among other things he served as President of the International Association for Sport Philosophy (née Philosophic Society for the Study of Sport) during 1974-75; as part of a small work group he helped found the North American Society for Sport Management in 1985, and was named Honorary Past President in 1986; and he served as President of the National Academy of Kinesiology (nee American Academy of Physical Education; American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education) during 1981-1982. He was the first and only Charter Fellow elected into the North American Society of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, Sport and Dance Professionals by both Canada and the United States.
Among the many honors, awards, and recognitions he received throughout his life, the Canadian Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance bestowed upon him their highest awards (i.e., the “Honour Award”, Alliance Scholar, and Gulick Award, respectively). Other organizations have recognized his contributions with major awards, honors, and recognitions, too. He is the recipient of three honorary doctorates including: in 1975 the University of Windsor conferred upon him an Honorary Doctor of Law degree; in 1997 the University of Lethbridge recognized his enduring excellence by awarding him an Honorary Doctor of Science degree; and in 2006 Western University (nee Western Ontario), Canada, bestowed upon him an Honorary Doctor of Law Degree.
A passionate and devoted leader, he served as the conscience of the profession and discipline throughout his working and adult life, which spanned more than 75 years. For his outstanding contributions, Earle was elected Fellow #184 into the National Academy of Kinesiology in 1966, was elected to serve the Academy as its President during 1981-1982, and he received the Academy’s highest honor, the Hetherington Award, in 1990. Clearly Earle’s work was vast. It was also influential and substantive. His legacy is being maintained, in part, by granting free access to several downloadable versions of his recent books and articles. See: http:// earlezeigler.com