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McMurry University was saddened to learn of the passing of longtime friend and family member Neel Lemond last evening. He was affectionately known as “Coach Neel” to generations of McMurry students, staff and faculty because of his long relationship with the school.

“Coach Neel was an important member of the McMurry community who was present at a great many McMurry events, including athletic games and chapel services,” said Dr. Paul Fabrizio, Interim Director of Athletics and Vice President for Academic Affairs. “He had a gentle soul and represented all that is good about McMurry. His life touched so many students, staff and faculty for many years and we were blessed to have him with us. Coach will be missed.”

In 1996, Neel was inducted in the McMurry Athletics Hall of Honor. He had been a fixture at McM events for well over 50 years

Funeral arrangements are pending.