|Birth: ||Dec. 21, 1897|
|Death: ||Sep. 22, 1985|
Son of Andrew & Martha (Hover) Erickson.
Married Maureen Ann O'Connor 12/21/1935 in Atchison, Atchison Co., Kansas.
3 children, 2 sons & 1 daughter, were born to this union.
"Mr. Erickson coached seven years at Fort Scott Junior College, then coached from 1931 to 1936 at Ottawa University. He became basketball coach and assistant football coach at Washburn University in 1936 and served as both basketball coach and athletic director at Washburn from 1942 to 1946.
Mr. Erickson helped organize the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics and served at its president in 1944. He ranks fourth among Washburn basketball coaches with 81 victories and led Washburn to the Central Intercollegiate Conference championship in 1946, his final year of coaching there. His teams also appeared in three NAIA Tournaments.
In 1947, Mr. Erickson opened a sporting goods business at Hays, KS. In 1951, he returned to Topeka where he continued in the sporting goods business until 1961.
From 1961 to 1965 he was principal of Richland Grade School at Richland in southeast Shawnee County. In 1965, he received the National Physical Fitness Leadership Award for his work with youth fitness.
When he was 70 years old, Mr. Erickson became cashier in the hospitality shop at Stormont-Vail Hospital where he worked 15 years until he retired at age 85.
He served in the Army during World War 1. In 1923, he graduated from Washburn College where he was captain of the basketball team. He spent most of his life in Topeka.
He was president of the Washburn University Alumni Association in 1957 and was named to the Washburn Athletic Hall of Fame in 1976. He was former president of the Kansas State Board of Social Welfare.
Mr. Erickson was named Greater Topeka Sportsman of the Year in 1968 and was named Citizen of the Year by the Topeka Civatan Club in 1979." per his obit.
Maureen Ann O'Connor Erickson (1911 - 2009)
Mount Hope Cemetery
Created by: Sara Haney
Record added: Sep 28, 2011
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