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Emil Larson HOF
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: November 19, 2013
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Emil Larson 

Emil Larson HOF     Distinguished himself through untiring service to collegiate athletics throughout his more than 40 years (1926-1968) as a member of the University of Arizona College of Education faculty. Served as the first and only commissioner of the Border Intercollegiate Athletic Conference from its founding in 1931 until dissolution in 1962. Instrumental in bringing national recognition to the Border Conference through his establishment of strong officiating program in all sports. Regarded as one of the nation's leading authorities on basketball officiating, he staged a national officals clinic in Tucson. The 16th edition of the Collegiate Commissioners Association Basketball Officiating Manual was dedicated to him. Served as a member-at-large on the NCAA Council, member of state board of approved basketball officals and was founder and first president of the district board for Southern Arizona. A leader in the field of Education Administration, he was long active in the National Education Association, serving as its Arizona director and on numerous national, regional and state committees. He was published widely in professional journals, authored several books, and served as collaborator on the production of educational films.