A man whose name appears on the title of the University of Illinois basketball coach, the exterior of the Champaign County Courthouse and a part of Illinois Public Media’s facility has died.

Jack Richmond and his wife donated the Richmond Journalism Teaching Studio next to WILL’s home at Campbell Hall in 1998. Richmond endowed the U of I men’s basketball coach’s position, and his donations formed the foundation of the county’s courthouse bell restoration project. The Richmonds have also funded a number of scholarships for U of I athletes.

Jack Richmond was an avid weightlifter in his college days, when weight training for athletics was relatively unknown. He was 93 when he died Sunday.

This profile of Jack Richmond was produced by senior Journalism student Ravi Bhatia as part of the TV2 course which produces UI-7 News. The newscast is produced and aired out of the Richmond Journalism Teaching Studio.

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