Congratulations to the family of the late Bob Frederick for their efforts to keep alive the memory and the values of the former Kansas University athletic director who died in a 2009 bicycle accident.
This past weekend was noteworthy for two events that promoted physical activity and healthy lifestyles in Frederick’s memory.
At the Lawrence Public Library, children not only could get their library cards, they also could select a book and receive a bookmark in memory of “Dr. Bob.” A selection of books dealing with nutrition, good sportsmanship and exercise was available as part of the library’s Dr. Bob Book Program, inaugurated at a reception at the library. This program is expected to benefit around 1,200 youngsters each year. The family provided a financial gift to launch the program.
The second event of the weekend, on a chilly autumn morning at the Rim Rock Farm cross-country course north of Lawrence, was the third annual “Dr. Bob Run,” a 5-kilometer race for adults that this year also featured events for teams and for youngsters. About 300 people took part. The Dr. Bob run supports a scholarship named for Frederick in the KU School of Education.
Members of the Frederick family were on hand and thoroughly enjoying both events. The activities were a genuinely positive way to remember the genial Bob Frederick, who loved running and bicycling and espoused a healthy lifestyle and good sportsmanship.
Three cheers for Mrs. Margey Frederick and her sons, Chris, Mark, Brad and Brian (who also was married during the weekend!) for these beneficial community-based efforts that keep alive the memory of their husband and father.