|Remembering Pat Warcup|
Patricia A. (Pat) Warcup, assistant professor emerita, physical education and exercise science, died March 27 in Odyssey Hospice Center in Las Vegas, Nev. She was 77.
Warcup, the daughter of Raymond and Irene Christopherson Warcup, was born May 8, 1931, in Grand Forks. She attended local public schools and graduated from Central High School in 1950.
She enrolled at the University of North Dakota in 1950 but interrupted her undergraduate education in 1954 to enlist in the Air Force. While in the Air Force she continued to pursue her interest in competitive sports playing on the Francis E. Warren AFB women's basketball team and later played and coached the Eglin AFB women's softball team. In 1956, she applied for Operation Bootstrap and was granted leave to complete her bachelor of science degree in education at UND. Upon completion of her enlistment, she returned to UND to complete her master of science degree in 1958.
Warcup taught physical education and coached girl's sports at La Puente High School in La Puente, Calif., between 1958-1960. Between 1960 and 1964, she served as department chair of women's physical education at Western Montana College of Education. In 1964, she was appointed the first women's athletic coach in the history of Sacramento State college, Sacramento, Calif., and served as the women's athletic director.
In 1965, the University of North Dakota lured her back home appoitning her women's physical education director. During the first year of her tenure, she and her colleagues started the women's athletic program at UND. She was the first women's basketball coach (1965-1970) and the first softball coach (1966-1970). Between 1965 and 1970, the women's physical education division had raised the number of women's competitive sports to 10 and along with area colleges formed the MinnKota Conference to govern competition. This governing body stood until absorbed by various men's conferences.
In 1970, she took a year's leave of absence from UND to attend Indiana University where she completed all but her dissertation for a doctorate of physical education. Upon returning to UND, she served two years as women's athletic director, then shifted her focus to teaching her academic specialties in sports biomechanics and motor learning. In 1977, women athletes sought her help in petitioning the return of softball to UND's roster of women's sports at UND. She coached the team from 1977 to 1982.
In 1992, she was inducted into UND's Athletic Hall of Fame and retired from UND that same year. Since retirement, she had divided her time between Quartzsite, Ariz., and her Island Lake home, pursuing her hobbies of searching for interesting rocks to cut and polish, silversmithing and genealogy.
Warcup was preceded in death by her parents and one brothers, Alan B. Warcup. She is survived by her brothers Ronald C. (Shirley) Warcup of St. George, Utah, snf Dennis C. (Janna) Warcup of Fargo, N.D.; sister-in-law Devera (Mrs. Alan B.) Warcup, Grand Forks, partner and fellow seeker of adventures involving rock, gold, fish, travel and sports; Dee Watson, Grand Forks, and her "kids," numerous nieces, nephews, and grand nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be made to the women's softball program at the University of North Dakota. No services are planned.