Robert V. Courtney
Bob graduated from Quinter Rural High School in Kansas. When his family moved to Baldwin City, Bob enrolled at Baker. He played basketball and participated in track, lettering and excelling all four years in each sport. In track, he ran the high and low hurdles and was the conference high jump champion in 1954. He was also actively involved in the football program as he served as the team’s manager in 1953 and 1954. Also on campus, Bob was an active member of the Zeta Chi fraternity. In 1957 won the Goetz Athletic Award before graduating with a degree in Mathematics. For his leadership and scholastic achievements, he was named to the Alpha Delta Sigma honor society.
He began a graduate degree in mathematics at the University of Kansas while coaching for two years at Lyndon High School. Having won a National Science Foundation Program stipend to Louisiana State University he went on to earn his Master’s degree in Mathematics in 1961. At the conclusion of graduate school he accepted a teaching position at Shawnee Mission East High School where he taught for three years before accepting an offer to return to Baker as a Professor of Mathematics. He was later named Chairman of the Mathematics Department, a position he continued in until retiring in 1997.
During his years on the Baker faculty, Bob earned numerous awards for his teaching including being named in 1987 to the Baker Faculty Award and in 1991 to the University’s Distinguished Faculty Award. He was active in a wide range of extracurricular and campus wide activities including many in the area of athletics. He served for many years as the Baker Faculty Athletic Representative and in appointments as the Heart of America Athletic Conference Eligibility Chair and the NAIA District 10 Eligibility Chairman. He spent untold hours checking the transcripts of every Baker student-athlete in every athletic program to insure compliance with eligibility rules and regulations.
He is married to Marlene and together they have two children, Bruce and Deborah and four grandchildren.