Remembering Dr. Phillip R. Shriver

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It is impossible to put into words the impact Dr. Phillip R. Shriver had not only on Miami University but on Miami University Athletics. His support of the athletic programs, student-athletes, coaches and support staff went far beyond his stint as Miami University's 17th president, and it is truly a family affair. A fixture at Miami Athletics events, Dr. Shriver's legacy will live on through the development of athletics during his tenure of president and his unwavering support of the Red and White.


Dr. Shriver served as the president of Miami University from 1965-1981. In addition to the tremendous growth that took place at Miami University during his time as president, he was instrumental in several historic moments in Miami University Athletics. During his tenure, Millett Hall opened its doors, Miami established women's athletics at the intercollegiate level and the hockey program earned varsity status. Dr. Shriver worked with several members of the Cradle of Coaches, took part in the planning of Goggin Ice Arena, and Yager Stadium was opened shortly after he stepped down from his presidency.

"If you look at the success of our athletic program back in the 1970s--what we were doing in the Mid-American Conference for the Reese Cup and the success of our teams--it was phenomenal. A big part of that was because of Dr. Shriver," said Steve Cady, Miami University senior associate athletic director.


Dr. Shriver was married for more than 60 years to Martha Nye, with whom he had five children: Carolyn (Bill) Shaul, Susan, Melinda (David) Williams, Darcy, and Raymond Scott II (Vicki); eight grandchildren (Trevor and Ryan Helwig, Lindsay and Andrew LaVine, Katherine and Ryan Williams, and Cameron and Kyle Shriver); and four great-grandchildren (Taylor, Avery, Marin, and Anna Helwig).

Born on August, 16, 1922, Dr. Phillip R. Shriver passed away on April 23, 2011. He was 88 years old.

Arrangements are pending for a private family burial with a memorial service to be announced at a later date.

Brad Bates, Miami University Director of Athletics
"The Shriver Family is an institution within Miami Athletics from the leadership of President Shriver, to Darcy's many years as an academic coordinator and then her work in athletic development, Scott's continued gameday presence as the public address announcer at many of our venues and Mrs. Shriver's constant support at athletic events. Dr. Shriver will forever be an inspiration through his words and actions."

Darrell Hedric ('55), Miami University Associate Athletic Director Emeritus/Former Men's Basketball Coach
"Dr. Shriver was one of the most outstanding presidents in Miami University history. He was a great friend of the athletic department, who really understood the importance of athletic programs and their contributions within the overall university. He was involved with all of the teams--meeting buses at all hours after big wins--and had a thorough knowledge of sports."

Carolyn Condit, Miami University Head Volleyball Coach
"I met the Shriver family in my early years at Miami, shortly after Dr. Shriver retired as Miami's president, and I came to know Dr. and Mrs. Shriver as generous and very special people! I will always remember Dr. Shriver as a gentle man -- full of wisdom, humility and integrity. If I had to describe him in one word it would be `goodness.' He was a good and charitable man, and you knew this from the first moment you were with him. I will miss him dearly."

Steve Cady, Miami University Senior Associate Athletic Director
"There wouldn't be ice hockey without Dr. Shriver. He's the person, along with Lloyd Goggin, who believed in the hockey program. Dr. Shriver asked one of our first captains, Jim Phillips, as a student to do a presentation to Miami's Board of Trustees on behalf of Dr. Shriver to request the program be created back in the mid-70s. Dr. Shriver's push and belief that we could have something special here with the hockey program was certainly a big part of why the program got off the ground.

I just got an email from a former (hockey) player talking about how he remembers the first time we beat a nationally-ranked opponent (Bowling Green) and got back to Goggin Arena between two and three in the morning and President Shriver and (his wife) Martha were out back waiting to congratulate everyone on our first win over a ranked team. Here they are in the middle of winter waiting for the bus to arrive, it was just phenomenal.

Another email that I got today was from a student who said he had an 8 a.m. class and he always timed his walk to class so that he would run into Dr. Shriver on his way into Roudebush Hall. He said Dr. Shriver would always carry on a conversation with him and that talking to Dr. Shriver was the primary reason he went to his 8 a.m. class."


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