John Clifford Pooley
5/24/1931 - 5/6/2021
John Clifford Pooley, husband of Carol Pooley and son of Edith (Miller) and Cecil Pooley died May 6, 2021 at home after a long illness. He was born at Prospect House, Crosby, near Maryport, Cumbria, England on May 24, 1931. He joined the East Stroudsburg University (Pennsylvania) as a distinguished visiting professor in 1988 and in 1989 was named acting dean of health sciences and physical education for one year before becoming a permanent Professor until his retirement in 2000.
Prior to his appointment at ESU, Dr. Pooley taught at twelve universities on five continents over forty years. He taught and lectured in England, Scotland, Uganda, Canada, Australia, Japan and the United States. He also led a variety of study tours (for undergraduate and graduate credit) to the Soviet Union, China, Sweden, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland and Hong Kong.
In addition, he was a visiting professor at West Point Military Academy (where he was awarded the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal), the University of Western Australia, University of Georgia, the University of Bridgeport and Michigan State University. He also served on numerous professional associations that awarded him honors, including the International Society for Comparative Physical Education and Sport of which he was a founding member and President for two terms. He has published many professional papers and contributed articles to several books and professional journals. He gave papers at many national and international conferences and was a keynote speaker in Brisbane, Australia and Manila, Philippines.
He played and coached basketball, cricket and English football (Soccer). His greatest love was soccer which he played over 50 years, on 22 teams. He began playing in Cumbria with a team from Cockermouth. Later teams included Bishop Auckland, Durham College, Winchester and Southampton in England, the national team in Uganda, Ray O Vac Dynamos in Madison Wisconsin, and Dartmouth United and Oland's in Halifax, Nova Scotia. In addition, he was always up for a 'friendly' match. He was an advocate of Outward Bound. In Africa he led a group of his Makerere University students to an Outward Bound school where they climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro and one summer was head of an Outward Bound camp in the Three Sisters Mountains above Eugene, Oregon. Two of his children enjoyed an Outward Bound experience.
John Pooley advocated fair play in sport and was a member of the National Fair Play in Sport Commission of Canada for 12 years. He was an early advocate of size appropriate balls, teams and pitches for youth soccer. He was a FIFA coach and referee and coached teams for Dalhousie University, a Nova Scotia Canada Games team and assisted in coaching the women's soccer team while he was at West Point. He ran coaching courses in Canada for local, provincial and national coaches. Both Dalhousie University and East Stroudsburg University give John Pooley Sportsmanship awards to a deserving graduating student.
He studied at Bede College, Durham, Leeds University where he earned a distinction in teaching. He taught first in Southampton and then was an exchange teacher in Halifax, Nova Scotia, then Games Tutor in Uganda before his appointment at Loughborough College, England. He then enrolled in a Master of Science program at University of Wisconsin. His thesis, "Ethnic Soccer Clubs in Milwaukee: A Study in Assimilation" was often quoted and sometimes replicated in the literature. He stayed on at Wisconsin to earn a Ph.D.
In his first semester at Wisconsin, John met Carol Moore Knott, a single mother with five children who worked in the Anthropology Department there. They were married the day after he defended his doctoral dissertation. The children said, "Congratulations Dad" and he adopted them.
John believed that if you lived in a community, you should volunteer service. During the years of the Cancer walk he organized "Jack's Friends" team, he served as President of the Friends of the Library and the Hughs Library Foundation. For many years he was a member of the East Stroudsburg Planning Committee. A part-time ski instructor at Camelback, Pennsylvania, he volunteered for course crew at the downhill course for the 2002 Olympic Games in Utah.
John believed in Christ. He attended, with his family, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
John was predeceased by his parents and his daughter Virginia Dinnell (Michael). In addition to his wife, he leaves his sons, Donald (Loralee) and William Knott, daughters Phyllis Kimpel (Lawrence) and Candace Washburn (Rob), sister, Margaret Phillips (Anthony), son-in-law, Michael Dinnell, twenty-five grandchildren and forty-three great-grandchildren, many nieces, nephews, and friends.
Services will be held on Wednesday, May 12, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 3232 Sunrise Drive, Stroudsburg with viewing beginning at 11:00AM followed by the funeral service at noon. Burial will take place on Saturday, May 15, at East Lawn Memorial Hills in Provo, Utah.
William H. Clark Funeral Home
1003 Main Street, Stroudsburg, PA 18360 www.wmhclarkfuneralhome.com