John B. Gorman Scholarship
*DR. JOHN B. GORMAN
John Burton Gorman was born June 21, 1940 in Connersville, Indiana to Burton William and Rebecca Tolle Gorman. He graduated from Roosevelt High School in Kent, Ohio before attending Dennison University in Granville, Ohio, where he earned a bachelor of arts in history.
He later earned a master of arts and a doctorate in physical education while attending the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa.
His professional career included positions as director of physical education and athletics at Fergusson-Florissant school district in St. Louis, Missouri, assistant professor of physical education at the University of Missouri at Columbia, Missouri and an associate professorship at Idaho State University, Pocatello, Idaho. He was active in several national organizations which promote the teaching profession.
John Gorman taught at ISU in the Department of Physical Education and Dance from 1983 until his sudden death in 1995. At the time of his death he was program director of physical education and dance and had recently seen the first Israeli cohort complete the Master of Physical Education with an emphases in educational administration. He and other members of the ISU faculty had spent the summer of 1994 teaching in Israel. He also taught at the Sixth International Clinic for athletic administrators, coaches, and sports coordinators at the Universidad de Monterrey, Mexico, in the summer of 1992. John was also a tireless fan and volunteer for ISU athletics.
He was married to Barbara Ann Brennan on June 6, 1964 in Mason City, Iowa.
He enjoyed and taught many outdoor activities including fly fishing, cross-country skiing, swimming, canoeing, orienteering, rappelling, camping, etc. Gorman and his wife loved spending time fishing, camping, and traveling especially to Ireland where they both had relatives.
This scholarship was created by friends and family who wanted to leave a legacy in honor of their good friend and relative. Joseph Gorman, John’s brother, was a major contributor to the scholarship. “I am pleased I can honor my brother by helping to create the endowment,” said Joseph Gorman. “John was passionate about his love of ISU and its students and this endowment should help carry on his legacy.”