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One Year Later: Reflecting on Former ACSM President Jack Boyer's Passing

John L. "Jack" Boyer, M.D., FACSM, president of ACSM from 1977 to 1978, passed away almost one year ago on May 31, 2014. His notable career included serving as medical director of the Adult Fitness and Exercise Physiology Laboratory at San Diego State University (SDSU). Working with Fred Kasch, Ph.D., FACSM, he conducted groundbreaking research that proved the important role exercise and fitness plays in heart disease prevention and rehabilitation of cardiovascular diseases. Dr. Boyer also taught courses in the graduate school at SDSU. He was appointed to the President's Council on Fitness and Sports in 1970 until 1974. Dr. Boyer loved sports, snow skiing, hiking, golf and especially horseback riding.

"In remembrance as we approach the first anniversary of Jack Boyer’s passing on May 31, the American College of Sports Medicine honors this extraordinary person and professional, who both was inspired by and contributed to new discoveries and care about the role of exercise and physical activity in preventing heart disease and in rehabilitating cardiovascular diseases. He was a remarkably poised learner, teacher, colleague, and practitioner. ACSM was especially honored to have Jack serve the college and the field as president in 1977-1978. He is missed but his legacy truly lives on."

God bless and warm memories to all,
Jim Whitehead, CEO, American College of Sports Medicine

Dr. Boyer's obituary can be viewed here. more

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