Richard E. Oliver

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Richard E. Oliver

Death: December 20, 1987 (67)
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Son of Love Earl Oliver and Gladys Hubbard Oliver

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About Richard E. Oliver

Richard E. Oliver, first full-time commissioner of the Southland Conference, was born in Henderson, Texas, in 1920. He attended Kilgore Junior College and Southern Methodist University. Oliver became a sports editor for the Henderson Daily News, the Port Arthur News, and the Beaumont Enterprise and served as president of the Texas Sportswriters Association in 1949. He joined the Southland Conference as a director of information when it was formed in 1963 and became conference commissioner in 1971. He is credited with presiding over conference expansions, helping the Southland to attain Division I status in both men's and women's sports and securing automatic places for league champions in most NCAA-sponsored team championships. Oliver retired in 1987 and died in Beaumont on December 20 of that year.

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Richard E. Oliver's Timeline

August 28, 1920
December 20, 1987
Age 67