In Memoriam

SHAPE America recognizes notable men and women who have passed away, and whose dedication to health and physical education will not be forgotten.


Remembering Those We Lost

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Wayne Hans Osness passed away on October 4, 2023 with his family around him. He was born in Merrill, Wisconsin on July 11, 1933 to Marion Fischer Osness and Leonard Osness. He graduated from Antigo High School in 1951. He was a member of the football team, captain of the basketball team and track team. He was the Outstanding Senior Athlete and the Outstanding Senior Boy of his graduating class. It was there that he met his High School sweetheart, Donna Lea Murray, who became his wife. (They were married for 69 years before Donna passed away in December of 2020.) After High School, Wayne went on to the University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire where he served as co-captain of the football team and was named All-Conference. Following graduation with a degree in chemistry, he was inducted into the University’s Athletic Hall of Fame. He went on to coach football and track in Marion, WI and Madison, WI. During his years in Madison, he taught High School chemistry and completed master’s degrees in chemistry and physical education. While finishing his PhD in Exercise Physiology, he coached the freshman football team at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. In 1966, Wayne and Donna moved with their five children to Lawrence, KS where he joined the faculty at the University of Kansas in the Physical Education, Health, and Recreation Department. In addition to teaching and directing the graduate program, he assumed the position of KU track coach for the weight events. Wayne was inducted into the KU Relays Hall of Fame in 1980. Wayne spent 40 years at KU teaching Exercise Physiology, directing the Human Performance Lab, mentoring hundreds of students and serving on numerous University Boards – such as the Athletic Board. He also served as Senior Scientist, the Center On Aging at the KU Medical Center and was a guest lecturer at numerous Universities across the country and overseas. During his professional life, Wayne was honored by his professional colleagues and associations. He received awards from the State of Kansas, the Central District, and the National Association for Physical Education. Wayne is a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine and the Research Consortium of AAHPERD. In 1978, he was given the Luther Halsey Gulick Medal – the highest award given to teaching and research professionals in his field.

Wayne’s research centered primarily on cardiac rehabilitation plus metabolic and pulmonary function. He was also actively involved in the research of the biological aging process and the assessment of functional capacity among older populations. During his professional career, he published over one hundred books and articles and made hundreds of presentations both nationally and internationally. He was widely respected for his extensive knowledge and experience in the field of biological aging and was in demand as a consultant and speaker at many professional meetings and events.

During his years at KU, Wayne served on the United States Olympic Committee. For thirteen years, he worked with the Site Selection Committee and the Executive Board of Governors. Later he assumed the direction for the Olympic Education Committee and traveled to many countries to assist them in developing their teams and programs. Wayne also spent time as a visiting professor at West Point Military Academy helping with program development. He served his professional organization – AAHPERD – at the state level and went on the serve as the national president.

Wayne was also active at the state and local level in promoting fitness and a healthy lifestyle by serving as the first president of the Governor’s Council on Fitness. He organized the first Kansas State Games. Locally, he was instrumental in starting and participating in an exercise group that met in Allen Field House at 6:00am. He introduced many Lawrence residents to walking and running programs. His expertise was sought after frequently to assist other cities in the development of fitness programs and fitness centers. Serving the community of Lawrence was important to Wayne and he served on numerous committees and Boards. He was active in the Kiwanis Club and served as local president and Lt. Governor for the District.

The Osness family has attended Trinity Lutheran Church since arriving in Kansas in 1966. Wayne served on the church council and as president for three different terms.

Family was most important to Wayne. He and Donna had five children: Patrick Osness (Barbara), Karen Thompson (Stan), Cinda Peck (Rod), Deena Osness, and Lynne Buckley (Owen). He also had nine grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. Wayne was happiest when he had his children around him and a toddler on his knee. He will be missed by all who knew him – but his legacy and good council will live on through his children and their families as well as the many students, friends, and professionals whose lives he touched.

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Services will be held at 10:00 am on Friday, November 10, 2023 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Lawrence, KS. A Memorial Reception will follow at the church. The service will be live streamed through the Warren McElwain website,

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations supporting the Wayne Osness Doctoral Award (03437) be made to KU Endowment, P.O. Box 928, Lawrence, KS 66044 or online at

Donations to this student scholarship award may also be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary, 120 W. 13th Street, Lawrence, KS 66044 (1-785-843-1120).

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John Cates, born April 21, 1935 in Cincinnati, Ohio, passed away September 17, 2023 at his home in Desert Hot Springs, CA.

John grew up in Rock Island, Ill., graduating from Rock Island High School, earned his B.A. from Western Illinois University, and his M.A. from State University of Iowa. An avid athlete, he spent his life in the field of fitness, teaching physical education, recreation, health and nutrition at both the high school level in Wood River and Lombard Illinois, and at the collegiate level at the University of California San Diego. John also served as a special advisor/clinician with the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports under 5 Presidents, including serving as assistant to President’s Council Chairs, George Allen and Arnold Schwarzenegger, and as Executive Director of the California Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports under California Governor Pete Wilson.

As a long-time resident of Encinitas, CA, John promoted health and fitness in San Diego County through many local projects and programs including organizing fitness symposiums, building Par Cours fitness trails/fitness courts, working with local chapters of California State Games and San Diego Senior Olympics, and serving as Executive Director of the Greater San Diego Inner-City Games.

Susan lived life to the fullest. Her sense of adventure and exploration in the culinary world enriched the lives of many. Higgins Beach, Maine was her happy place and Susan, Terrie and family shared many cherished summers together in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

In retirement, John enjoyed traveling, camping, and outdoor recreational activities which he shared with his wife Judy of 50 years, and his children Jay and Kari. Like his best friend and mentor, Jack LaLanne, John never stopped sharing his advocacy of living a healthy lifestyle with all he met.

John is survived by his wife Judy, his children Jay and Kari, and his grandchildren Kayla, Karly, Cameron, and Drake.

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Susan was a woman of remarkable beauty, both inside and out. Her infectious smile and laughter warmed the hearts of all who knew her.

Susan, affectionately known as the "gadget queen," possessed a remarkable knack for innovation and creativity. Her ingenuity knew no bounds, and her ability to turn the ordinary into something extraordinary was truly captivating.

At the core of Susan's world was her deep and unwavering love for her wife, Terrie Young. Her dedication to her family and an extensive circle of friends was a testament to her kind and loving spirit. Susan cherished her fur babies (Peanut, Hannah, Lucy, Bogey, Dash).

Susan lived life to the fullest. Her sense of adventure and exploration in the culinary world enriched the lives of many. Higgins Beach, Maine was her happy place and Susan, Terrie and family shared many cherished summers together in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

Susan's passionate love for sports, whether cheering for the Maryland Terps, the Washington Mystics, or the New York Yankees, revealed her spirited nature. As a dedicated PE educator, influencer and agitator,Susan spoke truth to power to change things for the better for kids, schools and her community. She leaves Burning Tree Elementary behind a legacy of inspiration.

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Coach, Teacher, Educator, NASPE Hall of Famer

An innovator, leader and teacher throughout his life in basketball, Krause was head men's basketball coach for the Eagles for 17 seasons from 1967-85, compiling a 262-195 record. Eastern was affiliated with NAIA for most of those seasons before the Eagles moved to NCAA Division II and eventually Division I in the early 1980's.

His best season at Eastern was a 25-4 finish in 1976-77 as Eastern came one victory away from a berth in the NAIA Tournament. But the source of his greatest pride was as an educator as 81 percent of his players received their bachelor's degrees. In the 1993-94 season he also served as a volunteer assistant coach for former Eastern head coach John Wade.

His impact on the sport of basketball reaches far beyond coaching. In 2003 he received a "Guardians of the Game for Advocacy Award" from the National Association of Basketball Coaches for his research in developing a standardized rim testing program.

He was selected to the NAIA Hall of Fame in 2000, and the same year was inducted into the National Association For Sport and Physical Education Hall of Fame. He was chair of the National Association of Basketball Coaches research committee, which he served on for more than 30 years.

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Pamela Ann Bechtel passed away on March 24, 2023. She was born on May 22, 1956 in Sandusky, OH to Jessie (Eichhorn) Bechtel and Paul Edwin Bechtel. She was the oldest of their three children. Pam attended K-12 schools in Sandusky, OH, Perrysburg, OH and Tipp City, OH. She was a 1974 graduate of Tippecanoe H.S. in Tipp City, OH. She was a 1978 graduate of BGSU and received her Masters' degree from BGSU in 1981. Pam earned her Ph.D. from The Ohio State University in August 2001 in Sport and Exercise Education.

Pam was a teacher at heart and teaching was her passion. She taught from Aug. 1978- July 1997 at Oak Harbor High School. Her teaching areas were physical education, health education, and anatomy & physiology. She was the head volleyball coach for 19 years. She coached the 1989 team to their first appearance in the regional semi-finals. She was the Assistant Athletic Director for 10 years and the Athletic Director for three years.

Pam left OHHS in 1997 to begin her path towards teaching in higher education by working at the University of Toledo, as a Visiting Instructor. She then began her doctoral work in August 1998 at The Ohio State University. She taught at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, MI from 2001-2003, the University of Toledo from 2003-2005, and at her dream job -Bowling Green State University in the Physical Education Health Education (PEHE) program from 2005-2015; Retiring as an Emeritus Associate Professor. She continued to teach for the PEHE program until Fall 2020. Her passion was helping to grow teachers in physical education and health education for the K-12 setting. She mentored many student teachers who are in teaching fields and other careers today.

Pam was an active member of the Ohio Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (OAHPERD) since 1978. She served in various offices and received many awards from OAHPERD. She served as the President from 2013-2015. She currently was serving as a Trustee for the organization. She was a member of the Society for Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE America) since 1978. She served as the Midwest District President from 2018-2019. She made various presentations at state and national conventions. She was a member of the Bowling Green Chapter of AAUW, serving as the recording secretary from 2019-2023. She was a member of St. John the Baptist Episcopal Church in Bowling Green, OH where she served on the vestry and was a reader for services. Pam will be inducted into the Oak Harbor High School Athletic Hall of Fame class of 2023.

Pam participated on the first three girls' sports teams while attending Tippecanoe High School -track, volleyball and girls' basketball. She liked to stay active and enjoyed playing pickleball, golf, and a good game of volleyball. Fishing on Lake Erie was a favorite past time when the fish were biting.

Pam was preceded in death by her parents, grandparents, and brother-in-law, David Evans. Pam is survived by her brother James (Shawna) Bechtel, Oak Harbor, OH, her sister Paula (Larry) Evans, The Villages, FL, her nephew Lucas (Dana) Bechtel, nieces Kathleen Bechtel, Stacy (Chris) Bury, Stephanie (Kristina, Josh) Evans and Grandnephew Christopher Bury. Also, her beloved pet, Buster.

There will be visitation with the family present at the Robinson-Walker Funeral Home & Crematory, 165 E. Water St., Oak Harbor, OH on Friday, April 14th from 4-8 PM. There will be a Celebration of Life for Pam on Saturday, April 15th at St. John Lutheran Church, 122 W. Ottawa St., Oak Harbor, OH at 11AM. Online condolences for the family may be shared at

In lieu of flowers memorials for Pam can be made to the Todd Hablitzel Cancer Treatment Fund, 147 West Water St, Oak Harbor, OH 43449.

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Margaret JoAnne Safrit (Jo), 87, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 17, at Well-Spring Retirement Community in Greensboro, NC. She attended Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina (now UNCG) and graduated with the class of 1957. 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 went on to hold academic positions at the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and American University in Washington, DC. 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 received many honors during her career in academe, including the Luther Halsey Gullick Award from SHAPE America, the Hetherington Award from the National Academy of Kinesiology, and numerous awards from state and local organizations. She authored and published several books on measurement and numerous research articles in the field of quantitative measurement.

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 was opened for travel by Westerners. She returned to China 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. She was also invited to lecture in Korea and throughout Europe.

A physical education major at Woman's College (Class of '57), Jo returned to Greensboro at the end of her professional career as a professor and devoted herself whole-heartedly to the University. With a particular passion for women's basketball, she created the Mildred Curlee Cooper Scholarship for Women's Basketball in honor of her high school basketball coach. With her late, beloved partner, Dr. Catherine Ennis '77 MS, Jo established the Safrit-Ennis Women's Basketball Athletic Scholarship Fund. Her giving helped upgrade the team's locker room, and she was also instrumental in the foundation of the Game Changers, a group dedicated to growing support for UNCG Women's Basketball.

To send flowers or a memorial gift to the family, please visit the Summersett website.

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Dr. Michael W. Metzler passed away on October 18, 2022 at the age of 70 while vacationing in Arizona.

He was predeceased by his father and mother, James and Theresa Metzler, nephews, Carl Metzler and Aaron Bridgman. He is survived by his best friend and wife of 16 years, Terry Metzler; brothers, Jim (Pam) Metzler, Dan (Peggy Broskie) Metzler, John (Susan) Metzler; sisters, Marilyn Metzler, Maureen Metzler, Melissa Metzler and Marie (John) Canning; stepchildren; grandchildren; numerous nephews, nieces, cousins, aunts and uncles.

Mike was born October 15, 1952 in Salamanca, NY. He attended Archbishop Walsh HS in Olean, NY where he won the Local Football Player of the Year Award. As a starting QB he went 27-0, a record that has never been matched. He went on to play at Tufts University graduating with a BA in literature. He got his M.Ed. in education from East Stroudsburg (PA) State College and PHD from The Ohio State University.

Over his long academic career, he taught at Iowa State University, Virginia Tech and Georgia State University. He was an incredibly productive scholar with numerous peer-reviewed publications, monographs and books. He was a Fellow of the National Academy of Kinesiology and was awarded the Luther Halsey Gulick Medal by SHAPE and The Ohio State University Career Achievement Award in 2020. An equally accomplished educator, Mike was a GSU Faculty Teaching Fellow in the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning and was the recipient of numerous teaching awards, including the University System of Georgia Board of Regents' Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award and the College of Education Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award. The epitome of a Boyer Scholar, Mike also served as Department Chair and Associate Dean, co-founded and edited a disciplinary journal, edited two other journals, received the Distinguished Service Award and Presidential Award from the National Association for Kinesiology in Higher Education and served on the President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition Board. After retiring from GSU in December 2016 he returned to serve as the Associate Director for SoTL in the GSU Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning.

He loved music, hiking, gardening, competing in chili cook offs, making salsa and spending time with family and friends.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Head and Neck Cancer Alliance at

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Douglas, a Morgantown native, earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from WVU, in addition to a doctorate from The Ohio State University.

In 1972, he was named chair of the WVU Department of Physical Education. He later served as dean of the College and professor in the Sport Management program.

Since his retirement, Douglas had been a member of the College of Physical Activity and Sport Science’s Visiting Committee and has chaired both the Hall of Fame and Outstanding Alumni committees. In recognition of his service to the College, he is a member of its Hall of Fame and is a recipient of its Outstanding Alumnus award. His service to WVU included chairing the campus-wide United Way drive, serving as a member of the Athletic Hall of Fame Selection Committee and being named to search committees for hiring athletic directors, college deans and vice presidents.

In addition, he was an active member of the University’s Alumni Association, where he has served on its board of directors and has been president of the Emeritus Club. Douglas was also been active in the Morgantown community where he served on numerous boards of directors and was a member of the Morgantown Rotary Club for 33 years.

He was recognized for the development of physical education throughout the state and nation. In recognition of his service, scholarly publications, presentations and leadership offices held in professional organizations, he has received meritorious service, honor and distinguished achievement awards.

Bill’s life has been dedicated to paying it forward to the next generation of West Virginia students, faculty, alumni and students.

- Dana Brooks, SHAPE America Past-President

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Compiled and written by Barry Lavay, Kathleen O’Connell, Jerry Polacek, Garth Tymeson, and Bill Vogler

Carl Eichstaedt, nationally recognized leader in adapted physical education (APE) passed away on October 9, 2022. He is preceded in death by his wife of 53 years, Donna (2011). Carl is survived by his daughters Ann Dillenburg and Susie Ouderkirk, grandchildren; Gabriel Dillenburg, Cory Dillenburg, Carly Schultz Lanie Whelpley and Jackson Whelpley (passed in 2014), great grandchildren; Aidyn, Brynlee, Cooper, Hudson and sister-in-law Janet March Kruzel. Carl Eichstaedt grew up in Morgan Park, a suburb of Chicago and graduated from Morgan Park HS. He attended the University of Illinois at Navy Pier in Chicago and then transferred to Illinois State University (ISU) in Normal, Illinois where he earned a BS in Health, Physical Education, and Recreation (HPER) in 1958 and an MS in Education Administration in 1962. In 1973, he received his Ph. D. from the University of New Mexico (UNM) in APE and Kinesiotherapy. This was followed by an outstanding 20-year career from 1973 to 1992 as a professor at ISU in the HPER Department teaching APE and directing the graduate program in APE teacher preparation.

Before becoming a distinguished professor at ISU, Carl had a very notable athletic career at many levels. In 1953 he signed a contract with the St. Louis Browns baseball organization and attended their spring training camp. As an undergraduate on an athletic scholarship at ISU, he was a two-time letter winner in football and baseball and named MVP of both teams in 1957. Carl was also a two-time all-conference college selection in baseball as a center fielder. In football he led ISU in rushing and was an All-Illinois Intercollegiate Athletic Conference selection in 1957-58 as well as named to the first-team All-State College Football. Upon graduating from ISU, he became an assistant football coach at Rich East High School in IL. Two years later he moved to Deerfield High School, IL. as head baseball coach and assistant football coach from 1964-73. While at Deerfield High he began study on his PhD at UNM.

In 1973, Carl joined the ISU HPER department as a faculty member, where he was a nationally recognized teacher, author, researcher, and speaker regarding disability and physical education. Carl was the coauthor of two highly acclaimed APE textbooks. He coauthored with Len Kalakian, the very popular introduction to APE text titled, Developmental/Adapted Physical Education: Making Ability Count which is now in its 6th edition and authored by Horvat, Croce, Pesce, & Fallaize. He also coauthored with Barry Lavay, Physical Activity for Individuals with Mental Retardation: Infancy Through Adulthood, a specialized physical activity research to practice text that covered physical activity for people with intellectual disabilities throughout the life span. Carl’s primary research focus was health-related fitness testing and status for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ID). Carl was one of the first professionals in the country to develop normative health-related fitness test scores for children with ID in IL using The American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD) Youth Fitness Test. In 1985 he coauthored the manual, Physical and Health Related Fitness Levels of Mild, Moderate, and Down Syndrome Students in Illinois by Eichstaedt, Polacek and Wang.

Carl’s extensive professional service included work with national organizations such as the National Consortium of Physical Education for Individuals with Disabilities (NCPEID) and the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAPHERD, now SHAPE). He was very active with Special Olympics International (SOI) and served on their Expert Advisory Committee. In 1977 he along with other faculty members were instrumental in having the SOI Illinois State headquarters and Summer Games moved to the ISU campus where it is still housed today.

In addition to his national professional service, Carl had significant impact on APE in his home state of Illinois. A major contribution was his role in the creation of the Illinois Coalition of APE (ICAPE) in the early 1980s with higher education colleagues such as Jim Horgan and Garth Tymeson. Carl was a founding board member, officer, and bylaws coauthor for ICAPE. His ICAPE activities included facilitating important collaboration with the Special Education Director of the Illinois State Board of Education (SEA). Illinois was one of the first states to have a separate APE Educator Licensure Approval and Carl was intimately involved in the development and implementation of this license. In addition, Carl was a coauthor of one of the first State Department of Education approved APE Q&A documents that was sent to all school districts in Illinois for guidance with PK-12 school administrators, teachers, related service personnel, and parents. This document had a major impact on the quality and quantity of physical education services to students with disabilities in Illinois.

However, perhaps Carl’s greatest contribution to the profession was the many APE professionals he prepared to effectively teach physical education to children with disabilities throughout his career at ISU. He consistently was awarded competitive grants from the US Department of Education - Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) to effectively prepare his graduate level university students who had a major impact on APE services nationally and in Illinois. Many of these teachers are still practicing in PK-12 schools.

Upon retiring from ISU in 1992 Carl moved to Las Cruces, NM and stayed active in the profession teaching part time in the PE departments at New Mexico State University and the University of Texas at El Paso. During his leisure time he very much enjoyed following his Chicago Cubs and Bears, playing golf, enjoying his dogs, cats, and horses and spending time with his wife, daughters, and grandchildren.

I was one of Dr. Eichstaedt's APE Graduate Assistants and he was responsible for bringing me to ISU. He even found a place for me to live, all of which was greatly appreciated as I was coming to Normal from New York! I have been here ever since raising my family and recently retiring after a 35-year career in K-12 APE teaching. His courses were ALWAYS engaging. As part of my assistantship, Carl assigned me to dedicate time weekly teaching ISU students with disabilities. Completing 250+ hours of practicum work with students in a variety of settings with a wide variety of disabilities was an invaluable component of his program. I don't believe I would have been remotely as prepared for a career in APE teaching without this hands-on education. Dr. Eichstaedt also ensured that we had the opportunity to attend the state and even a national conference. My in-person experience with Dr. Eichstaedt was remarkable. He not only offered me an opportunity at just the right time in the field of my chosen career but did so with integrity and professionalism as well as genuine kindness and care for me as a student (who was a long way from home).

- Kathleen O’Connell, Retired APE Teacher, Normal, IL

Carl preceded me at ISU and was instrumental in my successful transition there from a previous institution in 1992. He insisted that I stay at his home for a time until I found a place to live in the Bloomington (IL) area when I arrived for the job. He introduced me to the entire faculty, gave me a personal tour of campus and facilities, and even drove me around town so I could “check out” the neighborhoods. Professionally, he was a legend in the APE field as textbook author and federal grant program director. He was also a legend in the state, region, and campus as a “mover and shaker” relative to any programs dealing with disability and physical activity. Personally, he was a true and loyal friend to all and would literally give you the “shirt off his back” in a time of need. At a conference once when accommodations were scarce, he gave up his hotel bed to me claiming he had another. I found out later, he slept on the floor in an adjoining room. Finally, I don’t know that I ever saw a better family man. He was devoted to his wife, daughters, and especially his grandson who he spent hours with doing everything imaginable. Carl’s life can be described as a “success”! He will be missed!

- Bill Vogler, Professor Emeritus, Southern Illinois, Carbondale

I had been an Instructor in the HPER Department at ISU for three years when Carl was hired in 1973. Immediately, I found him to be very personable and motivating. He was always easy to talk with on professional and personal levels. At the time, I was working towards a doctoral degree in Health. In the mid 70’s, a standalone department of undergraduate Health was created at ISU, and I had to make the decision to remain in HPER or apply for a health position in the newly created department. Carl had acquired a federal master’s personnel development grant in APE and asked me to be among the faculty who taught in the program. I assisted by teaching APE to teacher education students and supervising practicum students as they rotated through experiences teaching students with various disabilities. It was through Carl’s guidance and encouragement in this experience that I made the decision to remain in HPER and pursue my advanced studies in APE. With the help of Carl’s recommendation, I entered the APE Doctoral program at the University of New Mexico, his alma mater and earned my EdD. Carl was the early driving force in my research at ISU. He and I along with Dr. Peter Wang collected fitness data on children with intellectual disabilities. Normative tables were developed and published in “A Study of Physical and Health Related Fitness Levels of Mild, Moderate, and Down Syndrome Students in Illinois”. That experience laid the foundation for my doctoral dissertation of measuring the aerobic fitness in youth with moderate intellectual disabilities. I am forever grateful to have known and worked with Carl. His devotion to our profession, his inspirational spirit, and kind heart will be greatly missed.

- Jerry Polacek, Assistant Professor Emeritus, Illinois State University

Carl was always generous with his time and expertise to mentor new higher education faculty in APE. As a rookie faculty member at Northern Illinois University in the early 1980s, Carl assisted me with a major revision of the graduate emphasis in APE. He also gave his time, expertise, and encouragement to assist me with development of my first OSEP APE federal grant application. I was also lucky to work with him on the creation of the Illinois Coalition of Adapted Physical Education professional organization. Carl was always willing to help others and had a contagious and motivating personality that showed his love of his professional work. He was a wonderful person who loved collaborating with others.

- Garth Tymeson, Professor Emeritus, University Wisconsin-La Crosse

I first met Carl in 1978 as he was invited to conduct an APE Regional Motor Workshop at the school where I taught in Southern Illinois. At the time I was the APE teacher for a nine-county special education cooperative school that housed 75 students with intellectual disabilities. During the workshop I assisted Carl with the afternoon session which consisted of my students demonstrating different movement teaching stations. After the workshop Carl and I talked over beers and struck up an instant friendship. Carl involved me with the disability fitness testing he was conducting in the state, encouraged me to consider a PhD in APE and suggested I attend the University of New Mexico, where he had studied. Carl continued to be a mentor at the start of my higher education career. When we wrote Physical Activity for Individuals with Mental Retardation: Infancy Through Adulthood he guided me though the book publishing process and to how bridge the gap in my writing between theory and practice. However, the most important things I learned from Carl were his genuine passion for the APE profession and how generous he was in giving his time to others!

- Barry Lavay, Professor Emeritus, California State University, Long Beach

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Ted A. Baumgartner, 82, of Athens, Georgia died Saturday, March 26, 2022 at his residence. He was preceded in death by his father, Frederic M. Baumgartner and mother, A. Marguerite Baumgartner. Survivors include his wife, Gloria Baumgartner of Athens, GA; children: Paula Baumgartner and Karla Baumgartner both of Athens, GA; siblings: William M. Baumgartner of Portland, OR, Karl H. Baumgartner of Houston, TX and Barbara M. Baumgartner MacAlpine of Estes Park, CO.

Ted A. Baumgartner was born in Cushing, OK on June 18, 1939. He spent his entire childhood in Stillwater, OK, graduating from Stillwater High School in 1957. Ted earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Oklahoma State University in 1961 and a Masters of Science degree from Southern Illinois University in 1962. He then taught in the public schools of Oklahoma for two years. He earned a Ph.D. degree from the University of Iowa in 1967. Upon graduation he married Gloria L. Cody from Humboldt, Iowa. Ted and Gloria were married for 54 years. In 1967 Ted joined the faculty at Indiana University and was promoted to the rank of professor in 1975. Ted joined the faculty at the University of Georgia in 1977 and retired in June of 2017 with an Emeritus status and 50 years of being a college professor in Exercise Science.

Ted had many noteworthy accomplishments in his life. He earned the rank of Eagle Scout by age 14. He co-authored two textbooks which were in the 9th and 5th editions when he retired as an author. Ted started the Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science Journal. He was elected to the American Academy of Kinesiology and Physical Education. He received three honor awards (1989, 1999, 2007 and the Life Time Achievement award (2008) from his national professional association. Ted was also the president of Athens Ballet Theater for 10 years.

Ted was also the founder of SHAPE America’s MPEES (Measurement in Physical Education and Exercise Science) Journal and the co-author of Conducting and Reading Research in Kinesiology, 6th Edition.

For those wishing to send donations in memory of Ted A. Baumgartner please do so to St. Thomas Anglican Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 49617, Athens, GA 30604. You can also donate to the St. Thomas Anglican Building Fund online at in memory of Ted A. Baumgartner.

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Mary Maitland “MM” Kimball's professional awards during her teaching career include the:

Glenn W. Irwin, Jr. Experience Excellence Recognition to IUPUI award, 1987;

Dr. Robert Shellhamer Outstanding Educator award 1989-1990;

National Dance Association, President 1991-1993;

American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance Honor award, 1993;

Heritage Honoree award, 2000;

Spirit of Philanthropy, IUPUI, for “The Moving Company;” and was the Chairperson of the Committee to write national educational standards for dance “Goals 2000” for the National Dance Association 1992-1993.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in Mary Maitland’s memory may be made to the Church of the Cross, 491 Buckwalter Parkway, Bluffton, SC 29910.

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William Earl (Bill) Noonan, Jr., age 95, a resident of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, passed away on November 28, 2021. He was born in Beaumont, TX on 1/16/26, but was raised in Vinton, LA during his elementary and high school years. Bill was a retired educator, receiving his B.S. degree from Northwestern State University in 1946, his M.S. from LSU in 1950. In the period 1942-1946, Noonan earned sport letters at three universities: McNeese Jr. College (basketball), LSU (football), Northwestern University (football, basketball, track & field).

He taught at Leesville High School and then joined the faculty at Southeastern Louisiana University as Supervisor, Student Teaching in Math and Health & Physical Education. He served as State Director, Health & Physical Education and also as Specialist, Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Athletics, U.S. Office of Education. Active in national and international activities, he served on a three-man team on President Kennedy's Physical Fitness Council to conduct fitness clinics for the U.S. Air Forces in Europe in England, Germany, and Turkey and later directed a four-person team conducting clinics in Iran and Portugal for the American Council on International Sports.

Noonan served as President of the Louisiana Association for Health, Physical Education and Recreation and the Society of State Directors for Health, Physical Education and Recreation of the U.S. and received the honor award from both organizations and the American School and Community Safety Association.

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Our loving husband, dad, brother, grandpa, and friend passed away as the sun arose on Friday, October 22, at Wentworth At Coventry surrounded by his sweetheart of 53 years, and adoring son and daughter.

Keith was born on September 10, 1943, in Fort Wayne, Indiana, to Helen Louise Mott and Ralph William Henschen. At the tender age of six, Keith's mother passed away, but he was blessed to be raised by his wonderful step-moother, Charlotte Eileen Dutt. One of Keith's favorite childhood memories was becoming an Eagle Scout. He was a graduate of Northside High School class of 1961. He then attended Ball State Teacher's College in Muncie, Indiana where he played basketball, graduated with a teaching degree, and met the love of his life, Julie Dee Zeigler. Keith then attended Penn State where he began his Master's degree. Later, he earned his P.E.D. From Indiana University.

Keith and Julie were married in 1968, and after becoming members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, were sealed as a family in the Salt Lake City Temple in 1975. Keith was a devoted member of the church who loved to teach and serve.

Keith was a professor in the Department of Exercise and Sport Science at the University of Utah for 39 years (1971 - 2010) with an area of expertise in the psychological aspect of sport. He published over 200 articles, 40 chapters of books, five monographs, and co-authored five textbooks. He directed 53 doctoral dissertations and 23 masters thesis. At the time of his retirement, Keith had taught over 10,000 students. Keith has been a frequent research presenter and conference speaker having made over 500 presentations during his career. He served as president (1997-98) of the American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (AAHPERD). He was also elected as President (2001-2005) of the International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP). He was the honored recipient of the Association for Applied Sport Psychology (ASSP) "Coleman Griffin Award" in 2015 and the International Society of Sport Psychology (ISSP) "Distinguished International Sport Psychology Award" in 2017.

In the Sport world, "Hensch" or "Doc" was a pioneer in his field who consulted with numerous world class, professional, and elite level athletes, including five National Governing Boards (NGB's) for the United States Olympic committee. He has been the Sport Psycholigist consultant for the United States Association for Track and Field (USATF), the United States Gymnastic Federation (USGF), the United States Skiing Association (USSA), and the United States Speed Skating Association (USSSA) - both long and short track. He has been on the staff for various teams at 10 different Olympic Games. Keith worked with numerous college and professional athletes in his private practice. He was also the Sport Psychology Consultant for the Utah Jazz for 29 years.

Keith had a way of relating to all levels of athletes that brought out the best of them. Some called it bringing out their "gold" both professionally and personally. He treated each athlete as an individual and valued their gift or talent, not their notoriety.

One of Keith's most memorable personality trait was his funny, unique, and appropriately timed, quick witted humor. This was a quality that endeared him to his students, athletes and friends.

Keith was a strong, principled, forthright, dedicated, sensitive, loving and God-fearing man. He was one who always tried to do what was right but also a man who had his weaknesses.

Dr. Henschen, left a positive and influential imprint worldwide on the human race…especially in the Sport's World. He truly made a significant difference in many lives and will be greatly missed. He leaves a giant void here on earth, but we know that he has been welcomed into the arms of our loving Heavenly Father. He has now been reunited with his dear mother who he has been waiting a long time to hug.

Keith is survived by his loving wife, Julie; children - Shane P. Henschen and Eschelle N. Lawrenson (Brett); 3 extraordinary grandsons: Braxton, Ryker, and Tayson Lawrenson; brothers, Ken and Bruce Henschen in Fort Wayne, Indiana, as well as many extended family members in Fort Wayne, Indiana and Reno, Nevada. He was proceeded in death by his parents, step-mother, brother (Ralph), in-laws, and dear friends.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Dr. Keith Henschen Scholarship which has been set up in his honor to support students pursuing a degree in Health and Kinesiology.

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Nicole Amy Peterson, 43, West Fargo, ND, died peacefully on July 16, 2021 in her home surrounded by family after a 20-year battle with a brain tumor.

Nikki was born on April 6, 1978 in Fargo, ND. She grew up in West Fargo, graduated from West Fargo High School in 1996, Concordia College (MN) in 2000 and got her Masters from North Dakota State University in 2015. During her first 2 years teaching in Henning, MN, Nikki met her husband, Trevor Peterson of Fargo, ND. She moved back to West Fargo in 2002 where she started teaching at West Fargo High School. Trevor and Nikki were married in 2003 and have lived in West Fargo since 2004. They have twin girls, Braelyn and Camryn. Nikki taught Physical Education and Dance at WFHS for 18 years before retiring due to health reasons in September 2020.

Nikki is survived by her husband, Trevor, and daughters Braelyn and Camryn; her parents, Richard Vetter and Mary Vetter; sisters Angie Vetter and Emily Vetter, sister Chrissy (Vetter) Wingert and brother-in-law Ed, nephews Noah, Quincy and Dexter; father and mother-in-law Ray and Vicki Peterson; sister and brother-in-law Jaime (Peterson) and Kris Dougherty, nephew Kellen and niece Zelia.

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It is with sadness that we share the news that Professor Daryl Siedentop passed away on July 15, 2021. Our friend and colleague Daryl Siedentop was born on July 28, 1938.

The love of his life, Roberta (Bobbie) Siedentop, was a primary physical education teacher whom Daryl met while she was studying at Ohio State. They were happily married for 44 years, taking care of their many dogs, Bobbie’s horses, and their homes in Columbus and Pinehurst. In recent years, as Daryl’s health deteriorated and his memory failed him, Bobbie lovingly cared for him. Despite the challenges, she found ways to ensure his life was as comfortable, meaningful, and happy as his health circumstances allowed. She kept in touch with Daryl’s friends and former students and kept friends and colleagues abreast of their lives via Christmas cards, photos, emails, and phone calls. It has been her loving way of paying tribute to the joy Daryl got from connecting with, hearing from, and reading about the lives and achievements his former colleagues and doctoral students.

Daryl spent most of his professional career as a professor at The Ohio State University (OSU). While at the university, he recruited a team of young faculty, creating a powerful team of pedagogical teachers and researchers in physical education — which resulted in friendships that have lasted a lifetime. He was highly regarded for his outstanding leadership of and service to the College of Education at OSU, including being appointed 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 was one of the founding fathers of sport pedagogy in North America. His scholarly contributions to sport pedagogy and physical education teacher education, — in particular his mentorship of more than 80 doctoral students — leaves a legacy to our scholarly community. He was one of the world's leading authorities on sport education for children and youth and is its most influential scholar in the analysis of teaching effectiveness in physical activity settings.

Daryl’s contributions to physical education cut across four key themes (Play Theory, Sport Education, Physical Activity Policy and the U.S. 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, and several were privileged to co-author articles and textbooks with him.

In the early 1980s, Daryl created the Sport Education model, and published his first book on the subject, Sport Education, in 1994. He consulted in the 1980s with the New Ministry of Education in New Zealand as they introduced Sport Education as a cornerstone of their physical education curriculum. He is also the author of several books on physical education, curriculum planning, and sport coaching. In recognition of his scholarly contributions, Daryl was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Physical Education in 1979 (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 (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 NASPE’s Hall of Fame in 2006; the Clarke W. Hetherington Award (2008); and AAHPERD’s highest honor, the Luther H. Gulick Award, in 2010.

Daryl retired from OSU in 2001 and was the 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, also be remembered 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 was the care and commitment he showed to his many students, colleagues, and friends. He managed to impact their scholarly practice and thinking in ways they could have never imagined before they met Daryl. His preference was always for quiet conversations about ideas, away from the crowds that invariably gathered around him. Those who were privileged to spend time with Daryl are left saddened by his passing.

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Dr. Carol E. Gordon of Pullman, WA, passed away peacefully on May 29, 2021 at the age of 95 at Bishop Place. Carol was born in Lynn, Massachusetts, and, following her mother’s death during childbirth, was raised in Goffstown, NH by her grandparents, Charles and Isabella Ray, and her aunt Carolyn Worden. Carol enjoyed tagging along with Grandpa Charlie as their horse Chubby pulled the butcher cart along the delivery route. Her grandparents on the Gordon side owned a nearby apple orchard, and she was the chief of a crew of her childhood friends that her grandfather swore was the best crew of apple pickers he’d ever had. Carol was a violinist in her high school orchestra, and played on the girls’ basketball team, dismaying opposing teams with the accuracy of her two-handed set shot.

After graduating from Goffstown High School as the class valedictorian, she attended Oberlin College, graduating Phi Beta Kappa in 1948. Carol taught in the physical education department at the University of New Hampshire from 1948-1954, and then attended the University of Utah where she chaired the Division of Physical Education for Women while earning her Ph.D. in Educational/ Counseling Psychology. In 1961, she completed her Ph.D. and was also named Faculty Woman of the Year. During those years at Utah, Carol took every opportunity to enjoy her remarkable downhill skiing skills on the slopes at Alta. From Utah, she moved on to Washington State University to serve as professor and chair of the Department of Physical Education for Women, a position she held from 1962 until her retirement in 1983. Carol’s teaching specialty was sport psychology, and in 1968 she was honored as the WSU Faculty Woman of the Year. She chaired the committee that oversaw the design and construction of WSU’s Physical Education Building. She also coached the women’s field hockey and tennis teams until 1966, and served as the Director of Athletics for Women from 1962-1975. Carol was inducted into the WSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2004.

Among her many roles with professional organizations, Carol served as president of both the Washington Association for Health, Physical Education, and Recreation, and the Western Society for Physical Education for College Women. In 1973-74, Carol served as president of the Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) which, as the women’s equivalent to the NCAA, functioned as the national governance organization for women’s intercollegiate athletics from 1972-1982. In her role as AIAW’s second president, Carol was highly instrumental in determining how the newly-enacted Title IX law prohibiting sex discrimination in educational institutions would be construed to apply to women’s intercollegiate athletics. Her influence has been documented in a book on the history of Title IX in college sports written by a former WSU doctoral student. She was also profiled in a 2009 book by Richard Lapchick titled 100 Trailblazers: Great Women Athletes who Opened Doors for Future Generations. In 1998, the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletic Administrators honored Carol with its Lifetime Achievement Award. For her significant contributions to WSU and to the growth of sports opportunities for girls and women, Carol was memorialized with an engraved plaque in the Pullman Walk of Fame sidewalk in downtown Pullman, WA.

While serving as president of the AIAW, Carol was invited by the NCAA to attend a meeting with prominent male coaches and NCAA administrators focused on resolving serious disagreements about how to implement Title IX, such as whether football should be included in the equity equation. Apparently, famous football player and big-time athletic director Elroy (Crazy Legs) Hirsch did not approve of gender equity in college sports, and (as the only woman present) Carol steadily and graciously faced him down. Penn State football coach Joe Paterno spoke up to support her, telling Hirsch that times had changed. To this day, friends wonder if the pink pantsuit that Carol wore to the meeting (because it was her favorite color!) helped or hindered the cause.

Carol was a dedicated supporter of the Pullman community - particular favorites were the Regional Theatre of the Palouse, the Washington/Idaho Symphony, the Museum of Art at WSU, and Pullman Regional Hospital. Additionally, thanks to her generosity, and that of her longtime companion, Dr. Mary Lou Enberg, WSU’s Sport Management Program hosts the annual Gordon/Enberg Speaker Series in Sport Studies.

One of Carol’s special gifts was her ability to bring out the best in everyone around her. Believing the best about each person, she inspired them to believe they could accomplish more than they had thought possible. Countless former students and faculty colleagues stayed in touch with Carol over the years, expressing gratitude for her leadership, wise counsel, and the profound impact she made on their lives and careers. To all of her many friends - know that your friendship was her greatest treasure. To our dear Carol - our hearts will be forever blessed by the memory of your beautiful smile.

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