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Ex-UCLA Official Vic Kelley Dies

April 22, 2002

LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Vic Kelley Jr., the sports information director at UCLA for 36 years before retiring in 1981, has died of prostate cancer. He was 88.

Vic Kelley III said his father died last Wednesday. Kelley had spent the last several years at a convalescent hospital in the San Fernando Valley following a stroke that paralyzed his left side.

Kelley graduated from UCLA in 1937, playing on the school’s golf team for three years.

He spent several years in the newspaper business in San Francisco and Los Angeles before returning to UCLA, where he began his long tenure as sports information director on ``V-J Day″ _ Aug. 14, 1945.

He was selected by his fellow sports information directors for induction into the College Sports Information Directors of America Hall of Fame in 1972, and was inducted into the UCLA Athletics Hall of Fame in 1989.

During his tenure, Kelley worked with basketball coach John Wooden, football coaches Red Sanders, Tommy Prothro, Dick Vermeil and Terry Donahue, track coach Ducky Drake and such athletes as Lew Alcindor (now Kareem Abdul-Jabbar), Gary Beban, Bill Walton and Rafer Johnson.

Kelley also served as coach of UCLA’s golf team from 1948-75.

Upon his retirement, Kelley served as the UCLA athletic department’s sports historian and was involved in the development of UCLA’s first Athletic Hall of Fame, which opened in June 1984, serving as its curator.

Kelley is survived by his sister, Besty Lueke, his son and daughter-in-law, Cheryl Kelley.

Services are scheduled Friday at the Church of the Hills at Forest Lawn in Hollywood Hills.

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