Former K-State basketball star dies at 78

MANHATTAN, Kan. Richard B. “Dick” Peck, a member of Kansas State’s 1951 NCAA men’s basketball national runner-up squad, died at his home Thursday in Anderson, Ind., at the age of 78.

 

Peck, a 6-foot-1 guard from Anderson, Ind., lettered three years at Kansas State from 1949-52 under legendary head coach Jack Gardner.  He helped the Wildcats to a 61-16 (.792) overall record during his playing career, including a pair of Big Seven titles in 1950 and 1951. 

 

As a junior, he helped the Wildcats to a Final Four appearance in their first trip to the NCAA Tournament in 1951, where they lost to Kentucky, 68-58, in the championship game.  He averaged 2.6 points that season in 26 games.  For his career, he averaged 2.8 points in 72 games.

 

Peck is survived by his wife, Betsy, of 56 years, along with three children and six grandchildren.

 

Memorial contributions can be made to the First Presbyterian Church, 230 W. 9th Street, Anderson, IN 46016, YMCA, 28 W. 12th Street, Anderson, IN  46016 and The Christian Center, 625 Main Street, Anderson, IN  46016.