USF's 1st Athletic Director Dies

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) _ Richard T. "Dick'' Bowers, the first athletic director at the University of South Florida who held the position for 17 years, has died. He was 77.

The cause of death was believed to be an aortic aneurysm.

Bowers joined the university's physical education staff in 1963 and was athletic director from 1966 until 1983. He held other roles at the university until his retirement in 2003.

Bowers introduced soccer as the university's first sport, helped development the school's baseball field and golf course.

Bowers was born August 9th, 1930, in Nashville, Tennessee. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from the University of
Tennessee and his doctorate from George Peabody College of Vanderbilt University.

Survivors include his wife Mary, son Rick, daughter Delisa and two grandchildren.


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