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UWRF Extends Condolences to Hunt Family and Kansas City Chiefs

DEC. 15, 2006--Kansas City Chiefs Football Club founder and President Lamar Hunt died Wednesday, Dec. 13 a t Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas at age 74.

Hunt was originally diagnosed with prostate cancer in 1998 and quietly underwent many treatments and surgeries over the past eight years, according to an obituary posted on the Kansas City Chiefs Web site. He maintained his active schedule until entering the hospital for a final time on Nov. 22.

A frequent visitor during the Kansas City Chiefs summer training camps at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls over the years, Hunt appeared with Gov. Tommy Thompson during welcoming ceremonies on campus for the team's first camp at UWRF in 1991 and visited the camp many times.

Hunt's legacy includes the founding of the American Football League and induction into the Hall of Fame for eight sports, including football, soccer and international tennis. He held 13 championship rings from five sports. According to the Chiefs Web site, in addition to being a principal negotiator in the merger of the AFL and NFL in the late 1960s, Hunt was a contributor to the design of the NFL playoff format. He is also credited with naming the NFL's championship game "Super Bowl"--stemming from his children's toy "Super Ball."

"Mr. Hunt has been described as a visionary leader; a friend and gentleman; a man of integrity and humility who was modest, soft spoken, gracious, passionate about sports, and America's greatest sportsman," said UWRF Chancellor Don Betz. "We have witnessed all of these qualities. UWRF faculty, staff and students, the River Falls community, and the thousands of loyal fans who have followed the Chiefs to River Falls send sympathy to the Hunt family and the entire Chiefs organization on this very sad occasion."

Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Mary Halada, who served as the Chiefs camp coordinator for more than a decade, commented on Hunt's love of River Falls.  

"Mr. Hunt never missed an opportunity to come to River Falls," said Halada. "He loved the 'penny' parking and the malts at the South Fork Cafe and very much appreciated the hospitality we extended to the Chiefs. He will be missed."

According to the Chiefs Web site, a private memorial in Dallas is Dec. 15. A memorial service open to the general public is at 1 p.m. (CST) Dec. 16 at Moody Coliseum at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Arrangements are being finalized for a follow-up memorial service open to the public in Kansas City, with details to be published on the Chiefs Web site ( Dec. 17.

He is survived by his wife, Norma, and their four children, Lamar, Jr., Sharron Munson, Clark and Daniel. He was also the proud grandfather of 14 grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the Dallas Museum of Art and the Heart of a Champion Foundation in Dallas.

The Kansas City Chiefs organization received the 2006 Outstanding Service Award from UW-River Falls for its exemplary contributions to UWRF through their support of the institution's goals and their voluntary efforts on behalf of the university.  


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