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A collection of photographs, yearbooks, and newspaper clippings related to Herbert Cormack, his college years, and his career as a coach in Iowa.
Herbert Cormack (1900-1994), was born on June 2 in Kinsley, Kansas and grew up in Garden City, Kansas. He graduated from the Kansas State Teachers College of Pittsburg (now Pittsburg State University) in 1928. During his time at KSTCP, Cormack lettered in basketball for the 1926-1928 seasons. In 1928 Herbert and Elizabeth Cornelius were married on September 29. After graduating, Cormack coached for one year in Mound City, Kansas and five years at Pleasanton, Kansas before moving to Iowa City, Iowa in 1935. There, he taught mathematics and coached football at City High School, losing only ten games in eight years. From 1943-1945, Cormack served as a lieutenant commander in the Navy during World War II before returning to coaching in 1946. Cormack was an assistant coach at Iowa State University for eight years, a backfield coach for Kansas State University, then a football coach and athletic director in Keokuk, Iowa from 1961 until his retirement in 1974. Herbert Cormack talks about his coaching career in the Pittsburg State University 1988 Reunion Yearbook where he says his wife, Elizabeth, helped him coach and would teach the athletes how to dance. Starting in 1973, City High School in Iowa City began holding a breakfast for Cormack where he would present the Herb Cormack Award to a student-athlete. Cormack was awarded a Lifetime Membership into the Keokuk Football Boosters. Herbert Cormack passed away at the age of 93 on January 22, 1994.
Athletics, Education, Military and War
Size of Collection
.4 linear feet
Dates of Collection
SpC MS 0278
Special Collections, Leonard H. Axe Library, "Cormack, Herbert, Collection, 1926-1988" (2021). Finding Aids. 295.