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Boven, Donald E., 1925-2011



Don Boven was an American basketball player, coach, and university instructor. He was a World War II veteran who was a standout athlete at Western Michigan University. After playing professional basketball, he served as an instructor at the University for more than 30 years. In the 1980s, Boven retired from his teaching duties but remained active in sporting circles and became involved in voluntary public service in his Michigan township. View his full bio on his Wiki page.

Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:

Oral history interview with Don Boven, May 16, 1989

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Scope and Contents Oral history interview with Don Boven, alumnus, former faculty member, and coach at Western Michigan University, conducted by Lew Carlson at Boven’s home in Mattawan, Michigan, May 16, 1989. Boven recollects his teammates and coaches during his time as a student athlete at WMU, playing baseball, football, and basketball. He was named First Team All-American his senior year, 1949. Boven also discusses his time as a coach, including head basketball coach, and a faculty member in the Department...
Dates: May 16, 1989

Oral history interview with Patrick Clysdale, October 25, 1989

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Scope and Contents Oral history interview with Patrick “Pat” Clysdale, student athlete, coach, administrator and professor at Western Michigan University, conducted and recorded Lew Carlson on October 25, 1989 in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Pat discusses playing youth sports in Detroit and then coming to Western and playing basketball for coach Buck Read and football for coach John W. Gill. He received his B.S. in 1952 and his M.S. in 1953, returning to WMU in 1958 to coach basketball and recruit players. He worked...
Dates: October 25, 1989

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