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 Gene Adams Logan  (1922 - 1999)

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Lived/Active: California/Kansas      Known for: welded medal figure and animal sculpture

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The following biographical information including an obituary was submitted by Scott Wilder, fine-art researcher of artists in Kansas and Missouri.  

Gene Adams Logan (1922-1999)
Known for sculpture

Gene Adams Logan
Fellow #188
Gene Logan died May 29, 1999, in Upland, California, where he had maintained his working art studio for the past 24 years. Since his retirement from the University of Southern California in 1975, he had worked full-time as a sculptor. He was recognized as a leading scholar in our field as a result of his pioneering work in the areas of adapted physical education and athletic training and later became well-known as an artist, creating human and animal sculptures in the medium of welded metals. The Zantman Art Galleries of Palm Desert and Carmel, California,
have shown his work for thirty years and continue to do so following his death. In addition to the honor of being elected as an Active Fellow in the Academy in recognition of his contributions to exercise science, Logan was listed in Who's Who in Art and Who's Who in
the West.

Gene Logan was born June 14, 1922, in Kickapoo, Kansas. He was one of nine children and the seventh son. Upon completion of high school in Leavenworth, Kansas, he went to work as a novice athletic trainer with his brother, Roland, at West Point. His interest in art started at this time, and he did many paintings and etchings during this period in his life. With the onset of World War II, Logan joined the U.S. Navy and served on Okinawa. He decided to begin his college education after the war and did so at what was then known as Southwest Missouri State College. He was instrumental as an undergraduate in establishing the first athletic training program for intercollegiate athletics at SMS. He went on for his Master of Science degree at the University of Illinois and later earned a Physical Therapy Certificate at the Medical College of Virginia. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Southern California in 1959 while teaching at the University of California at Los Angeles and, subsequently, moved to the faculty at USC.

Logan returned to Southwest Missouri State College in 1963 as the first faculty member in its history to hold a doctorate in physical education.  He was instrumental in initiating science-based changes within the physical education major.  In 1966-67, he took a leave of absence and completed a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture at the University of Kansas. Upon his return to Southwest Missouri State, Logan had the unique distinction of being named as a Professor of Physical Education and Art.

Logan's underlying desire was always to pursue his art interests. He realized he needed to work as an artist in either New York or Los Angeles for the exposure the Midwest did not provide. Consequently, in 1969, he returned to Los Angeles and resumed teaching at USC. He was finally able to pursue his art full-time as of 1975 and retired from USC after being named a
Distinguished Professor of Physical Education.

Gene Logan co-authored eleven university textbooks in a diverse range of subjects: adapted physical education, anatomic kinesiology, athletic training, biomechanics, biophysical values of exercise, body conditioning, and music.  He was also an accomplished musician and played in a band in Southern California. Logan was a prolific author in the periodical literature related to physical education, athletic training, and music. He truly exhibited the Greek ideal in a career and life which blended athletics, science, art, and music, with major accomplishments in
each area.

Prepared by Harold B. Falls, Fellow #284, and Wayne C. McKinney, Professor Emeritus, Southwest Missouri State University.

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Attended high school in Leavenworth then worked as an athletic trainer at West Point, NY. Served in the Navy in World War II then attended Southwest Missouri State College, Springfield, MO graduating with a BS in 1949.  Earned his masters degree at the Univ. of Illinois, a physical therapy certificate at the Medical College of Virginia, and a PhD at the Univ. of Southern California in Los Angeles in 1959.  Taught at the Univ. of California, Los Angeles and the Univ. of Southern California, Los Angeles before joining the faculty at Southwest Missouri State College in 1963.  Took a leave of absence and earned his MFA in sculpture at the Univ. of Kansas, Lawrence in 1967.  In 1969 Logan returned to Los Angeles and resumed teaching at the Univ. of Southern California.  He retired from the school in 1975 and became a full-time sculptor.  Co-author of numerous textbooks on adapted physical education, anatomic
kinesiology, athletic training, biomechanics, biophysical values of exercise, body
conditioning, and music.

Exhibitions: Zantman Art Galleries, CA; Laguna Beach, 1960, 1961; National Academy of Design, 1961; All-California Exhibition, 1963, 1972, 1973.
Susan Craig, "Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945)"
AskART,, accessed Oct. 20, 2007; Who’s Who in American Art. New York: American Federation of Arts, 1936-1976; Pamphlet file at the Smithsonian American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery Library in Washington, DC.

This and over 1,750 other biographies can be found in Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists (active before 1945) compiled by Susan V. Craig, Art & Architecture Librarian at University of Kansas.

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