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June 8, 2009 at 4:17 PM

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The late University of Washington Huskies coach Jim Owens

Posted by Letters editor

Superb coach and man

In 1960-61, I was chairman of the University of Washington Finance & Budget Committee, which (among other things) supervised intercollegiate athletics. In spring 1961, we voted unanimously to raise Jim Owens' salary to $25,000 a year, reflecting his outstanding achievements.

I met with President Charles Odegaard (who had veto power over this); he approved the new salary, but added "that's pretty high, so tell Jim not to expect too much in the way of raises in the next few years." How things have changed!

Jim not only was a superb coach, but also an outstanding gentleman.

-- Dr. Vincent Jolivet, Bothell

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