Walter Byers


Age: 93

Summary: the first executive director of the National Collegiate Athletic Association who spent 36 years leading and shaping the organization that oversees college athletics when he started as NCAA executive director in 1951 as a main part of his job that was to help the schools maintain strict control of all revenues the athletes gathered (in those days the figures weren't too impressive, but today the deals for football and basketball rights are worth billions), and who also helped to invent the now widely used term "student-athlete", which he said was intended to disguise the fact that players had became de facto professionals.

Cause of Death: Complications from a urinary tract infection

Born: March 13, 1922

Died: May 26, 2015

Emmett, Kansas