Don "Doc" McKillip, the athletic director at Saint Mary's College from 1970 to 1992 and a member of its Athletics Hall of Fame, died on Feb. 22. He was 83 years old.
Mr. McKillip was Saint Mary's first full-time athletics director and greatly expanded the program during his 22-year tenure. Under his watch, the men's basketball team won a West Coast Conference title and earned an NCAA Tournament berth in 1989. Other notable wins included NAIA national championships in women's soccer (1984) and women's volleyball (1986).
Dick Callahan, longtime Saint Mary's football public address announcer who was hired by Mr. McKillip in 1975, was quoted in the Contra Costa Times as saying: "Don really enhanced the athletic department. He had a vision beyond what you might think of him if you just talked to him. He cared about his employees, and he cared about the college."
Mr. McKillip, nicknamed "Doc" because he earned a doctorate in education from the University of Utah, also started the college's Health and Physical Education Department, the forerunner of today's Department of Kinesiology. He taught in the program until 1998.
Mr. McKillip is survived by his wife, Eunice; his children, Don, Sandra and Michael; nine grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
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