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MSSU Hall of Famer Passes Away

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The Missouri Southern athletic department is sad to relay the passing of longtime MSSU booster and Athletics Hall of Famer Bob Laptad. 

A 1999 inductee into the MSSU Athletics Hall of Fame, Laptad was a mainstay at many Southern athletic events, but he took a special appreciation of the MSSU Track and Field teams. 

Every year, the Southern track and field programs host a meet that has Laptad's namesake associated with it in the Bill Williams/Bob Laptad Invitational. Laptad was one of the first fans of the track and field programs at MSSU. In 2012, he and his wife, Nancy, created an endowment for the men's and women's programs that go toward scholarships. That initial contribution in 2012 of $2,500 has risen to over $10,900 this year with the help of family and friends.

Visitation for Laptad will be from 5 pm to 7 pm this Sunday (May 10) at First United Methodist Church in Joplin at 4th and Byers streets downtown. The funeral will be at 10:30 am on Monday morning, also at First Methodist. 

"Bob was one of the first people I met when I came to Missouri Southern," said Jared Bruggeman, Director of Athletics at MSSU. "It was immediately clear he was a true gentleman who devoted his time and resources to making the student-athletes of Missouri Southern a success in athletics, in the academic arena and in society. He will be missed, not only from the hundreds of past student-athletes and coaches he impacted, but by the future Lions who will only hear of his legacy."

Those interested in donating to the endowment fund in Laptad's name, can contact the MSSU Foundation office at 417-625-9396. 

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