Bedford discusses how he came to enroll at Illinois Wesleyan, some of the faculty who mentored him, difficulties with campus social life, and successes with roommates. Bedford played on the football and track teams but was denied an opportunity to play varsity basketball. He also discusses difficulties he faced in getting his desired teaching position after college and volunteer work he engaged in at the time of the interview.
Bedford served as Athletic Director at Marshall High School in Chicago for 33 of his 40 year tenure there. He received the Minority Alumni Network Award from Illinois Wesleyan in 1995 and was inducted into the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1996. Bedford died on January 8, 2006. His obituary is available in University Archives Record Group 13-1.
personal narratives, alumni, athletics
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Bedford '59, Luther and Jones, Yvonne, "Luther Bedford" (1999). All oral histories. 139.