June 13, 2009

Former Kansas AD dies

Former University of Kansas athletic director Bob Frederick has died from injuries sustained in a bicycling accident.

He was 69.

The accident occurred on Thursday when he struck the pavement near an intersection in Lawrence.

Frederick was flown by helicopter to University of Kansas hospital, where he died Friday evening.

Bob Frederick was an outstanding collegiate athletics administrator, and more importantly a terrific human being, a loving husband and a great father, Kansas AD Lew Perkins said in a statement. For all of his success, his trademark was his sincere caring for student-athletes and coaches.

Frederick also was a finalist to become the first Big 12 commissioner, chaired the NCAA Committee on Sportsmanship and Ethical Conduct and served on the NCAA Division I men's basketball committee for six years, the final two as the chairman.

During the 1992-93 academic year, KU won football's Aloha Bowl, the men's basketball team played in the Final Four and the baseball team appeared in the College World Series.