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Dr. Marlene Mawson - UCM Distinguished Alumni Award

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Published on Oct 29, 2013

Dr. Marlene Mawson was honored as a University of Central Missouri Distinguished Alumni Award winner during UCM Homecoming festivities, held Oct. 25-26, 2013.

Known as the "Mother of KU Women's Athletics," Mawson is recognized as a pioneer in intercollegiate women's athletics before federal legislation required equal opportunity for men and women student athletes.

A native of Archie, Mo., Mawson graduated from the University of Central Missouri in 1962 with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree in physical education and English. After starting her teaching career at Van Horn High School in Kansas City and completing a master's degree, she accepted a faculty position at the University of Kansas, where she started women's athletics programs in four intercollegiate sports. After completing her doctorate and coaching for several years, she moved into academic administration. She then served a department chair at Illinois State University and the University of West Georgia before retiring and returning home to Lawrence, Kan.

Mawson was inducted into the KU Athletics Hall of Fame and was honored with the naming of the Marlene Mawson Female Athlete of the Year Award at KU.

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