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Inside Iowa State
June 6, 1997

Dedication events for Forker building set for June 13- 14

by Steve Sullivan

The Barbara E. Forker Building, formerly the Physical Education Building, will be dedicated at a 10 a.m. ceremony Friday, June 13, on the lawn west of the building.

The building was renamed in February in honor of Barbara E. Forker, distinguished professor emeritus of physical education.

President Martin Jischke, interim Education Dean Camilla Benbow, Forker's colleagues and Forker, an Ames resident, are among the speakers at the ceremony.

Forker, who retired in 1986, served as the first chairperson of the department of physical education, now the department of health and human performance.

Forker earned a bachelor's degree from Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti; a master's degree from Iowa State; and a Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

She began her professional career at Iowa State in 1948 as an instructor in physical education. She became chairperson of women's physical education in 1958, and department chair of physical education in 1974, when the men's and women's programs merged.

Forker served on the U.S. Olympic Committee and was appointed by President Gerald Ford to a commission that examined U.S. participation in the Olympics. She served as national president of the American Alliances for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

A golf outing for Forker's friends and colleagues begins at 2 p.m. Friday at the Ames Golf and Country Club. On Saturday, there will be an open house at the Barbara Forker Building from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

All events are open to the public. Those planning to attend any of the events are asked to contact Sandy Gartz, 4-7730, e-mail:

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