Saturday, January 24, 2009
RIP Kay Yow (Updated)
Kay Yow died today. She was 66 and had fought breast cancer for 22 years.
I met Kay Yow once, at the Women's Final Four in Los Angeles in 1992. She was there for the Women's Basketball Coaches Association convention. We rode in an elevator down to the lobby with her. They were glassed in elevators that made a lot of people nervous. She was tall and lean, rangy and a little stooped over. (I didn't know she was a cancer survivor already). She had a rough, husky voice and an electric presence. She told some joke that had a slightly bawdy punchline, laughed uproariously at her own joke, said goodbye to everyone on the elevator and strode off when the doors opened.
That's the way I'll remember Kay Yow, the force of nature I met that day.
RIP Kay Yow.
NewsObserver.com: Yow's story touched players, fans
Mechelle Voepel, ESPN.com: Yow's considerable efforts will live on
AP: Kay Yow, Basketball Coach, Dies at 66
NewsObserver.com: A Chronology of Kay Yow's Life
Photo Gallery, Kay Yow, 1942-2009
UPDATE: Go to this link for a wide-ranging interview with Kay Yow (did you know her first name was Sandra?) as part of the University of North Carolina's Southern Oral History Program Collection. You can listen to the audio or read the transcript of the interview.