Former K-State All-American dies at 82

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Rick Harman, one of the early stars in Kansas State men's basketball history, passed away Tuesday at the age of 82.

One of just 10 men's basketball player to earn first team All-America honors, Harman played a huge role in the early development of men's basketball at Kansas State.  He was a four-year letterman for the Wildcats from 1946-50 for Hall of Fame head coach Jack Gardner during his second stint at the school.  He helped lead the squad to 66 wins, including a then school-record 22 in 1947-48, to go with a pair of Big Seven Conference titles and the school's first trip to the Final Four in 1948. 

A native of Hoisington, Kan., Harman averaged a team-best 11.2 points as a senior in 1949-50 en route to earning first team All-American honors from The Sporting News.  He was just the second first team All-American in school history and the first in over 30 years.  He was also named a second team All-American the same season by the Helms Foundation as well as All-Big Seven Conference. 

Harman, who averaged 8.8 points in his 86-game career, was the second-leading scorer (9.4 ppg.) on K-State's first Final Four team in 1947-48.  The squad won both the Big Seven regular season and Holiday Tournament titles en route to winning 20 games for the first team in school history.  He was also selected All-Big Seven Conference as a junior.  

Following his graduation from Kansas State, Harman began a career in the restaurant industry, where he eventually became President of both the Missouri and National Restaurant Associations.  He also had a prominent career in politics, where he was named the Republican candidate for Kansas governor in 1968.  He also served stints on the U.S. Olympic Committee in 1974 as well as the Kansas Board of Regents in the 1990s.   

Harman is survived by his wife of 61 years, Susie; children, son Richard W. Harman, daughters Betsy Holland, Sally Jones and their husbands Ed Holland and Sandy Jones; four grandchildren.  Harmon was born on March 30, 1928 in Leon, Kan.

The visitation will be held Friday from 6-8 p.m. at the McGilley State Line Chapel in Kansas City.  The funeral will take place on Saturday at 1 p.m. at Village Presbyterian Church in Prairie Village, Kan.