Created on Saturday, 08 December 2012 Written by THE BELLEFONTAINE EXAMINER STAFF
Dr. William “Bill” Eugene Wilgus, 79, of Sunriver, Ore., and formerly of Logan County, died at his home Nov. 13, 2012, after suffering a series of strokes.
He was born in West Mansfield on Feb. 9, 1933.
A 1951 graduate of West Mansfield High School, he received a scholarship and attended Ashland University, graduating in 1955 with a bachelor of science degree.
Another big event in 1951 was his marriage to the former Maxine Patricia Boyd, who survives, along with a son, William S. (Sharon) Wilgus; and two grandsons, Adam and Skyler. He was preceded in death by a brother, Bernard Wilgus.
He was inducted into the Ashland University Hall of Fame in 1955. After graduation, he taught and coached at Ruggles-Troy High School in Nova, Ohio, for the next four years, and was honored as Ashland County Coach of the Year for 1956-57. He was always known by students as “Coach,” and Maxine was “Mrs. Coach.”
He earned his Master of Arts Degree from The Ohio State University in 1960 and taught at University High School in Columbus from 1959 to 1960. He became a graduate teaching assistant at OSU in 1960 and went on to become instructor of health physical education there in 1962.
In 1962, he earned a doctorate of philosophy at OSU and, in 1963, became professor of physical education at California State University in Los Angeles, where he remained until 1993.
He was chairman of the Department of Physical Education and Athletics at California State University from 1969 to 1977, and associate chair in 1980.
He also served as health and medical coordinator for numerous Peace Corps training programs, including Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Chile and Malaysia, and was assistant director and studies coordinator for Malaysia Peace Corps training program, as well as director of Thailand Peace Corps training program.
Dr. Wilgus served on numerous university committees and published four writings. He also was a member of the Ohio State University Alumni Association of Southern California, the Big Ten Club of Southern California, the administrative board of South Pasadena United Methodist Church and South Pasadena/San Marino YMCA, where he was awarded the YMCA Devoted Service Award in 1974.
He was a member of the Sunriver Community Bible Church in Sunriver.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Ashland University Athletic Department in honor of Bill Wilgus 55.