Regent's Proceedings 66
Newton C Loken, Professor of Physical Education, retired from active
status as of May 31, 1984 after a most productive career spanning 37 years
at The University of Michigan. Professor Loken completed his
undergraduate work at the University of Minnesota in 1942, completed his
masters degree in 1946 and his doctoral degree in 1955 at The University of
Michigan. He began his teaching career in the Department of Physical
Education in 1946, and two years later began coaching the varsity
gymnastics team. He attained the position of professor and taught courses in
administration, recreation and dancing.
Professor Loken is recognized as a leader in movement sciences,
especially in the area of gymnastics. He has written extensively, authoring
several books on trampolining, tumbling, cheerleading, and gymnastics. His
book, The Complete Book of Gymnastics, has been widely used throughout
the nation and the world.
Newt Loken is known for the energy he freely gave to the gymnastics
team. During the 36 years he coached the Michigan teams, he developed 71
Big Ten individual champions, 21 NCAA champions, 12 Big Ten team
titles, and two NCAA team titles plus two NCAA trampoline team titles. His
dual meet record was 250-72-1.
Professor Loken received many honors throughout his coaching
career, including induction into the Michigan and Michigan Amateur Sports
Halls of Fame. He served as a chairperson of the National Association of
College Gymnastics Coach Award and chairperson of the United States
Trampoline Association Hall of Fame. The Newt Loken Scholarship Award
was established in 1981.
The Regents now salute this dedicated educator and coach by naming
him Professor Emeritus of Physical Education.