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JKeanJames H. Kean

Raised in Johnson County, Kansas. Attended Olathe High School. Lettered in four sports in high school; basketball two years; track two years; cross country two years; and football one year.

Enrolled at Baker in the fall of 1956. Became a crucial member of the basketball and track squads as a freshman. Through four years at Baker, lettered four times in each sport.

Received numerous honors for athletic achievements in basketball, including honorable mention all-conference 1957; second-team all-conference 1960; and first-team all-conference 1958 and 1959.

Set school and conference records in rebounding (28 vs. Sterling in 1956) and for free throws (15-for-15 vs. McPherson in 1956). Remains one of the top all-time scorers in University history.

On campus, served as president of the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity in 1960. Was an academic scholarship recipient from 1957 to 1960; on the Dean’s Honor Roll 1957-1960; a member of the B-Club 1957-1960; recipient of the Goetz Athletic Scholarship Award 1959-1960; and served as president of the senior class in 1960.

Following graduation, continued education at the University of Kansas. Received a master’s degree in public administration in 1962.

As a young adult, continued in basketball competition and was a key team member of the Ideal Market team of Boulder which advanced to the 1969 AAU National Basketball Tournament in Macon, Ga.

During career, served as the assistant city manager and acting city manager (twice) for the city of Boulder, Colo. Since 1968, has been self-employed with several successful businesses in Boulder, Colo., and Chandler, Ariz.

Daughter is Jori Lindsay and sons Mike Kean and Tod Kean. Married to Rebecca L. Kean.

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Anyone is eligible to write an open letter of nomination regarding an individual they believe to be worthy of induction to the Baker University Athletic Hall of Fame. The nominations must be received by December 31 to be considered for induction during the next calendar year. Once an individual is nominated, he or she remain in an active file for review by the Hall of Fame Selection Committee. The selection committee sends recommendations in the spring to the President of the University for final approval for fall induction.

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