Former KU Men's Basketball Captain Allen Correll Passes

Feb. 20, 2012

Former Kansas men’s basketball captain, Allen Correll, passed away Saturday in Tacoma, Wash. Correll was a retired Human Relations Director for the city of Tacoma. Previously he had served in a similar capacity for the city of Des Moines, Iowa. He was a nationally-known public speaker.

Correll, who played for KU head coach Dick Harp from 1962-64, holds the Jayhawk school record for free-throw shooting percentage for a season, hitting 90 percent in 1964. He was among a group of outstanding athletes from Philadelphia who played at Kansas, including Wilt Chamberlain and Wayne Hightower and later Marcus and Markieff Morris. After graduation he joined Max Falkenstien on the KU and K-State radio broadcasts, becoming one of the first black announcers to air the games.

“I will miss Al very much,” Falkenstien said. “We stayed in close contact through all these years. His love for the Jayhawks never waned.”

Correll is survived by his wife Ruth, son Brian, and daughter Carla.