I received word today that Don Briggs who was the sports information director at my undergraduate alma mater, Kearney State (now UN-K), passed away this morning.
"Mr. B" was the Don Bryant at Kearney and spent his entire career and most of his retirement at Kearney as SID emeritus before spending the last couple of years in assisted living in Kearney. I last visited him last November and gave him a copy of my book. I hope he enjoyed it. He will always hold a special place in my memory and he is also the person responsible for getting my Kearney class ring back to me 19 years after I had lost it.
Here is that story.
I don't leave it lying around anymore and wear it every day.
Here is some information from a 2005 article where he received a lifetime achievement award for the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity.
Full article here.Briggs earned a B.A. from UNK (then Nebraska State Teachers College at Kearney) in 1951 and began teaching at Lyman the following fall. He became principal in 1956. He later returned to the campus, and in 1957, he earned the first master’s degree awarded in the history of the institution. He then joined the staff and began his career as a journalism and English teacher. He advised The Antelope newspaper, the Blue and Gold yearbook and Student Senate. From 1961 – 1974, he was director of Alumni Affairs, Public Relations and Publications, serving as the entire public relations department, which included alumni services, college relations, college publications and sports information. From 1974 – 1990, he was sports information director.
RIP Mr. B.