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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Brock, Georgene, 1937-. Oral History Interview, 2016.

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Minnesota State University, Mankato,
Memorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Brock, Georgene, 1937-. Oral History Interview, 2016.
SMHC Manuscript Collection 254

Brock, Georgene, 1937-. Oral History Interview, 2016. SMHC Manuscript Collection 254. 3 folders.


The Brock collection consists of an audio CD, transcript, and a biographical form for an oral history interview conducted between Brock, Paul Allen, and Daardi Sizemore in 2016. In this interview, Brock talks about her career at Minnesota State University Mankato as a faculty member, intramural advisor, coach, and then women’s athletics director. Brock retired in 1998 after 34 years at Minnesota State Mankato.

This oral history interview was conducted as part of the Tell Your MSU Story Oral History Project conducted by the Southern Minnesota Historical Center at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Some items in this collection have been digitized and are located at:

Biographical Note:

Georgene Brock was born June 15, 1937 in Phoenix, Arizona. She attended Arizona State University for her bachelor’s degree in physical education and taught junior high and high school before pursuing her master’s degree at the University of New Mexico. Brock came to Mankato State College as a faculty member running women’s intramurals and teaching physical education classes. She taught gym sports, method classes, bowling, and archery besides coaching. As the women’s athletic director her duties included budgeting, scheduling, and obtaining uniforms for teams.

Brock and other physical education faculty were instrumental in starting women’s athletics at Mankato State and did so on an unpaid voluntary basis. Because women’s athletics was just starting there was no budget, meaning no uniforms, food, or facilities. However, Mankato State had one of the best physical education programs in the state and the students initially involved were physical education majors with great enthusiasm and skill. Gradually, women’s athletics received more money and the sports became more organized in the state and nationally.

Brock retired in 1998 after 34 years at Mankato State University. Her position as women’s athletic director was eliminated after her retirement.

Information was compiled from the interview and online profiles on Georgene Brock:


There are no restrictions on use of this collection for research purposes. The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property and libel laws as they apply.

Collection Citation:

Brock, Georgene, 1937-. Oral History Interview, 2016. SMHC Manuscript Collection 254, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.


Georgene Brock donated this collection on March 1, 2016.

Processed By:

Mee Xiong processed this collection June 2016. Babie Yang and Caitlin Galagan transcribed the interview in December 2016 and May 2017. Mee Xiong made additions to the collection in May 2017. Reggie Domineck, Anne Stenzel, and Mee Xiong made additions to this collection in June 2017.

Related Collections:

Visit the Tell Your MSU Story website for a list of all interviews completed as part of this project.

LCSH Subject Headings:

Brock, Georgene, 1937-, interviewee.
Brock, Georgene, 1937--Interviews.
Allen, Paul, interviewer.
Sizemore, Daardi, interviewer.
College teachers.
Intramural sports.
Minnesota State University, Mankato.
Mankato State University.
Mankato State College.
Oral history.

SMHC Manuscript Collection 254



Biographical information, 2016



Oral History Interview, Audio CD, 2016



Oral History Interview, Transcript, 2016