Former WWU cross country, track and field coach dies

THE BELLINGHAM HERALDJuly 2, 2013 

Richard "Dick" Bowman, who coached men's cross country and track & field and was an assistant professor of physical education at Western Washington University from 1969 to 1973, died June 27.

Bowman, 82, coached two Viking athletes who were later inducted into the school's Athletics Hall of Fame - distance runner Larry Nielson and hurdler Mike Vorce. He also invented and patented a starting block for track runners that was produced by the Western Technology Department.

Bowman's 1972 cross country team won both the Evergreen Conference and NAIA District 1 titles and placed 22nd at the NAIA National Championships. That earned him district Coach of the Year honors.

In 1972, Bowman was selected to lead a group of Olympic bound American athletes on a tour to Australia.

Prior to coming to Western, Bowman coached and taught for five years (1963-68) at Olympic CC and one year (1968-69) at Montana State University. He obtained his bachelor's degree at Ball State University and his master's degree at University of Colorado.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses at1525 Electric Ave.

Memories can be shared online at wcremation.com.

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