John Cheffers, 76; BU professor studied crowd behavior and sports fans
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“He had a different view of what physical education could and should be that differed from a lot of his contemporaries,” Wright said. “He was all about being humanistic and being the best for kids.”
Dr. Cheffers became a professor emeritus in 2002 and lived in Murrumbateman, Australia, on his ranch with his wife, the former Margaret Bingham, whom he married in 1958.
In addition to his wife, he leaves three sons, Mark of Naples, Fla., and Paul and Andrew of Canberra, Australia; a daughter, Leigh of Connecticut; and 17 grandchildren.
A service was held earlier this week in Australia, where burial was in the Murrumbateman Cemetery. A memorial service is planned for next year at Endicott College in Beverly.
Another former student, Richard Nastasi, who is now a professor of sports science and fitness at Endicott, said Dr. Cheffers put the onus on physical education teachers to find ways to energize their students and reach children of all skill levels.
“There wasn’t a day gone by that he didn’t do something extraordinary,” Nastasi said.
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