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Update: Visitation, Funeral Arrangements Set for Dr. Joe Romine

Published: Oct 20, 2012

From left: Dr. Tim Burkholder, Dr. Joe Romine, Coach Paul Patterson during Romine's Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony this morning

Dr. Joe Romine, a graduate of Taylor who returned to his alma mater to serve more than three decades as a faculty member, coach and athletic director, died Saturday following a long illness.

Romine was inducted earlier that morning into Taylor University’s Athletic Hall of Fame for meritorious service.

Prior to his appointment in athletics, Romine served as the Director of Student Activities at Taylor, as well as the Area Director of Youth for Christ. During his long tenure in the Department of Physical Education and Human Performance that Romine and as Athletic Director, Romine coached multiple sports including basketball, football, golf and track. He also built up Taylor’s intramural program.

Romine held a Bachelor of Science degree from Taylor University, a Master of Arts in Physical Education and Health from Ball State University, and a Doctor of Education degree from Ball State University. He also completed management and leadership training with the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics.

In addition to his activities at Taylor University, Romine was an active member in the Indiana Association and National Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance for 29 years. He was appointed to the NAIA Committee on Women, and the National Associations of Intercollegiate Coaches, Intercollegiate Directors of Athletics, and Athletics Administrators. He also served the Upland community as a member of the Town Council since 1980, serving as its president in 2006.

At Taylor, Romine chaired the Faculty Personnel Committee and Athletic Committee, in addition to serving on the Financial Aid Committee. Upon his retirement in 2010, Romine was honored for significant contributions to Taylor’s intercollegiate athletics program, the Department of Physical Education and Human Performance, and the lives of countless student athletes.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Carol, and two grown children, Kyle and Kelli, along with three grandchildren.

Calling hours are scheduled from 2:00-8:00 p.m., Tuesday, October 23, at the Jones-Smith Funeral Home in Upland. Funeral services are 11:30 a.m., Wednesday, October 24, at the Upland Community Church. Drs. Jay Kesler and Chip Jaggers will officiate. 

Memorials may be made to the Taylor University Athletic Department, 236 W. Reade Avenue, Upland, Indiana, 46989.