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In Memoriam: Richard Gay Israel, Ed.D., FACSM

The ACSM family is saddened to learn of the passing of longtime member and fellow Richard Gay Israel, Ed.D., professor at Colorado State University. Dr. Israel served ACSM at both regional and national levels for more than 38 years, including tenures as president of the ACSM Foundation, ACSM vice president, chair of the ACSM Public Information Committee, Strategic Planning Committee, 50th anniversary task force and other areas of service to ACSM. Dr. Israel was awarded an ACSM Citation Award in 2015.

During Dr. Israel's 18-year tenure as department head at Colorado State University, undergraduate enrollment tripled, a new Ph.D. program was added to the department and research expenditures grew from less than $50,000 in 1996 to a peak of more than $2 million annually. Dr. Israel also established the Human Performance Clinical Research Laboratory, which has been recognized as a CSU Program of Research and Scholarly Excellence since 2008. He has also published more than 80 peer-reviewed publications and his scholarly work has been cited more than 2,500 times by his peers. more

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