*Lindsay High School graduate Pat Ward was a two-year football letterman at Murray State Junior College in Tishomingo. He played guard for the Aggies' 1953 and '54 teams. He went on to graduate from Oklahoma State and then taught chemistry at Tulsa East Central High School from 1959 to 1987. Ward died at age 76.
*Other Oklahomans with sports backgrounds who died recently include: Shirley Ford, 77, founder of the annual Allied Arts Golf Tournament. ... Mary Frances Coggins, 86, played in tournaments locally and internationally on the World Medical Tennis Association circuit. ... Stillwater resident Lonnie Red, 62, was a drag bike racer. He once won the Top Gas championship at the annual Truett & Osborn Bike Drags in Wichita, Kan. ... Dale Brown, a trucking company owner who played basketball at Woodland High School in the 1950s. Brown, 76, continued a love for basketball as an adult, often attending state tournament games.