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Former KU men’s basketball captain Al Correll dies

February 20, 2012

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Former Kansas University men’s basketball player Al Correll, a captain of the 1963-64 Jayhawk team, died on Saturday in Tacoma, Wash.

Correll was a retired Human Relations Director for the city of Tacoma. Previously he had served in a similar capacity in Des Moines, Iowa and Topeka.

Correll, who played for KU head coach Dick Harp from 1962-64, holds the Jayhawk school record for free-throw shooting percentage for a season, hitting 90 percent in 1964. The 6-foot-3 guard was among a group of outstanding athletes from Philadelphia who played at Kansas, including Wilt Chamberlain and Wayne Hightower and later Marcus and Markieff Morris.

After graduation he joined Max Falkenstien on the KU and K-State radio broadcasts.

For his career, he averaged 8.5 points and 4.6 rebounds a game.

Correll worked in the field of civil rights for 33 years. After graduating from KU, he studied at Washburn University and at Cornell University in Ithaca, N.Y. He received numerous awards for his service and was a consultant to the White House on civil rights enforcement.

Correll is survived by his wife Ruth, son Brian, and daughter Carla.

“He loved the program and was a great representative of the program,” said former KU coach Ted Owens, an assistant to Harp during Correll’s KU career. “First of all, he was a very good player, very quick and active. He had a great attitude and was very articulate. He was just a wonderful guy with a great spirit, a great leader. Like all great leaders, he led by example. He was so much fun to be with, just a great person who will be missed.”

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