A native of Hoxie, Kan. Lettered in basketball, football and ran track at Hoxie High School. Led single-wing attack as center on the football squad at 135 pounds. Selected as first-team all-Northwest Kansas guard in basketball by the Goodland newspaper. High jumper in track. Began at Baker in 1932. Lettered in football and track. Also participated in golf, attaining all-conference status senior year. An honor roll student at Baker. Achieved membership in Alpha Delta Sigma, the University’s honorary scholastic fraternity.
Served one term as Kappa Sigma president. Coached several sports at various Kansas high schools following graduation and earned a master’s degree in education from Pittsburg State. Served as a naval officer in World War II and earned the distinction of athletic officer on two ships in the Pacific Theater. Awarded the Purple Heart and earned an honorable discharge in 1945. Returned to Kansas and eventually to Pawnee, Neb. Became owner and publisher of the Pawnee Republican newspaper. Active in numerous and varied community projects in Pawnee until retiring to Sun City, Ariz. Died in 1992, following a battle with cancer. Lifelong childhood friend Bob Moss said: “the thing I remember most about Max is that whatever he did, he was exceptionally good, usually coming in first … he was a champion.”