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FORMER USF SPORTS CHIEF DIES

Forty-four years ago, Richard "Dick" Bowers arrived at the University of South Florida to teach physical education at the fledgling Tampa campus.

But those who knew Mr. Bowers before he died Thursday at age 77 say that what he accomplished between his 1963 arrival and 2003 retirement shaped the very fabric of the university.

As athletic director from 1966 to 1983, he helped establish the school's basketball program, he introduced soccer as the school's first sport and oversaw construction of USF's baseball field, golf course and the Sun Dome.

He is survived by his wife, Madge, his son, Rick, a USF graduate, a daughter, Delisa, and two grandchildren, ages 8 and 11.

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