“Bucky” Swise Remembered

Knox alum and Galesburg resident, Russell “Bucky” Swise ’42, died on March 23, 2007.


A man remembered for his strong relationship with children, as both coach and teacher, died Friday. Russell “Bucky” Swise was 87.

Harley Knosher, retired basketball coach and athletic director at Knox College, and now professor emeritus of sports studies, remembers Swise from the days when Knosher was a young coach.

“I think probably the first thing that comes to mind with anybody who had a close relationship with Bucky was an extraordinary ability to communicate with young people. He was a master at getting young people to listen to him,” Knosher said.

Knosher said when he came to Knox College, he learned a lot from Swise in that context.

“He had a good sense of humor,” said Bob Morgan. Swise was Morgan’s teacher and coach at Hitchcock Junior High School, then Morgan in 1962 took over the coaching reins from Swise at what by then was Churchill Junior High School.

Knosher also recalled Swise’s sense of humor when Swise was assisting him at Knox.

“I can remember sitting next to Bucky at a basketball game and you think the world’s at stake,” Knosher said.

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