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Bob King, former Purdue assistant basketball coach and athletics department administrator, passed away Monday night. He was 92. Born to Thomas and Susie Ransdell King on August 20, 1920, in Lebanon.
King was inducted into the Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001.
"To this day, there are former student-athletes who openly state that Coach Bob was the difference in their life," Purdue athletics director Morgan Burke said. "He coached, mentored, listened and held people accountable - all with a sense of compassion."
A native of Lebanon, King served as assistant coach from 1960 to 1978, working for Ray Eddy, George King (no relation) Fred Schaus, Lee Rose. Among the standouts he recruited were fellow Purdue Hall of Famers Rick Mount and Dave Schellhase.
From 1974 to 1993, King was assistant and then associate athletics director, providing guidance for hundreds of Boilermaker student-athletes as they fulfilled their academic requirements.
Away from Purdue, King held numerous top leadership positions in Indiana coaching organizations. Among them, he served as executive director of the Indiana Basketball Coaches Association, which he helped organize, and as president of the Indiana Collegiate Coaches Association.
King was inducted into the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in 1986.
The Purdue men's basketball team Assist Award is named in his honor, and the lower level Mackey Arena conference room is named in honor of him and his late wife, Nancy H. Hacker King who he married on August 2, 1952, and she passed away on April 20, 2006.
King enjoyed a widely varied collegiate playing career, competing in football and basketball at South Carolina, Toledo and Butler. He was the Butler basketball team captain as a senior prior to receiving both his bachelor's and master's degrees.
King coached basketball and football at Sacred Heart High School (1947-48) and Shortridge High School (1948-60) before coming to Purdue. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
King is survived by his two children, Susan Rudner (husband: Mark), of Schaumberg, Ill. and a son, Mike King, of Indianapolis.
Private services are to be held on Saturday at Tippecanoe Memory Gardens.
Memorial contributions to John Purdue Club -Purdue Foundation 403 W Wood St.
West Lafayette, IN 47907 or to the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame 408 Trojan Lane New Castle, IN 47362
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Published in the Journal & Courier from Jan. 23 to Jan. 24, 2013