Dolores A. Bogard, beloved spouse, sister, and aunt, passed away peacefully on December 19, 2023, at the age of 87 in Bolivia, NC. She was born on July 8, 1936, in Marshall, IA, to her late parents Ira Bogard and Essie Husted.
Dolores led a life dedicated to education and athletics. She began her journey by attending the University of Northern Iowa, where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in physical education in 1958. Following her graduation, Dolores taught in the Marshalltown public schools from 1958 to 1961 before furthering her studies at Drake University. In 1964, she earned a Master’s degree in psychology from the University of Iowa and embarked on a career as a school psychologist for the Wapello County public schools from 1965 to 1967.
With an unwavering passion for physical education, Dolores joined the Physical Education Department at the State University of New York Cortland in 1970. Her thirst for knowledge led her to pursue a Doctor of Philosophy degree in physical education from the University of Southern California in 1971.
She served as a professor, acting associate dean, associate director of athletics, coordinator of sports studies and coordinator of sports management during her tenure of SUNY Cortland (1970-1999). She served in a variety of roles at the state, regional and national levels with the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women and later served as president and the executive director of the New York State Woman’s Collegiate Athletic Association.
Bogard served as chair and then president of the State University of New York Athletic Conference and on numerous NCAA committees including the nominating committee and the prestigious NCAA Counsel from 1991 to 1995. She authored or co-authored many articles and manuals in motor learning and sports management and has made numerous regional and national presentations on perceptual motor development. She is a C-Club Hall of Fame inductee, received the NYSWCAA service award and had the SUNYAC female scholar award renamed in her honor. Bogard received a NCAA Life Skills program grant, served on the State’s Commission for a Healthy New York and actively promoted the State Department of Health’s “Eat Well, Play Hard” program.
Dolores was preceded in death by her father, Ira Bogard; mother, Essie Huested; brothers, Chuck, Jim, Ira, and Bill; and sisters, Edith Gunderson and Rose Jhine, all of Marshall, IA. She will forever be remembered with love by her surviving family and friends, including her spouse of 46 years, Gail Chmielenski; sister, Judy Wasko; nieces, Jaycea, and numerous nieces and nephews.
A private family service will be held to honor Dolores’ life. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to ST. Jude Hospital, a cause dear to her heart.
Dolores A. Bogard will be deeply missed and forever remembered for her dedication to education and the impact she made on the lives of those she encountered. May she rest in eternal peace.
If I should ever leave you whom I love
To go along the Silent Way, grieve not
Nor speak of me with tears, but laugh and talk
Of me as if I were beside you there.
I’d come –I’d come, could I but find a way.
But would not tears and grief be barriers?
And when you hear a song or see a bird I loved,
Please do not let the thought of me be sad..
For I am loving you just as I always have…
You were so good to me!
There are so many things
I wanted still
To do—so many things to say to you…
Remember that I did not fear…
It was Just leaving you that was so hard to face…
We cannot see Beyond… But this I know,
I loved you so—‘twas heaven here with you.:
Arrangements are in the care of Coastal Cremations Carolina Shores.