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Eric D. Zemper papers

Identifier: UA-17.378

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of galley print of "Worked Out in Infinite Detail": Michigan State College's Lauren P. Brown and the Origins of the NCAA Cross Country Championships by Mark E. Havitz and Eric D. Zemper, 2013 and a dvd of home videos of cross country and track meets from 1962 to 1964.

The movies were originally shot by Robert Sharkey. They show MSU cross country and track athletes Richard "Dick" Sharkey and Eric Zemper among others.


  • Creation: 1962-1964, 2013


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Biographical / Historical

Eric D. Zemper has a B.S. in Microbiology (1967), a M.S. in Microbiology and Public Health (1977), and a PhD in Educational Psychology (1982) from Michigan State University. At MSU, he was on the cross country and track and field teams, which one Big Ten championships. During his senior year, he set the Ralph Young Field record for the one-mile run (4:10.2), and became the fourth runner in Big Ten history to break nine minutes in the 2-mile run with a time of 8:59.4 on the dirt track in Jenison Field House.

For eleven years he was on the staff of the MSU Office of Medical Education Research and Development, as a graduate assistant, then as a faculty member. During the 1978-1979 season, Zemper was the interim head of the MSU women’s cross country team. From 1981 to 1985, he worked as the first research coordinator for the NCAA, where he designed and implemented the NCAA Injury Surveillance System, and was involved in the development of the NCAA drug testing program. In 1985, Zemper was hired as the first director of the sports medicine research institute at the University of Oregon in Eugene. There he researched the epidemiology of sports injuries, with a focus on head injuries in football. He was elected a Fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine for his research in this area.

In 2000, he returned to Michigan to work at the University of Michigan Medical School. After nine years at UMich, Zemper began working as a full-time medical education specialist at the MSU College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Zemper is an inaugural member of the Howell High School Athletics Hall of Fame, and a 2013 inductee of the Greater Lansing Area Sports Hall of Fame.


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Donor(s) have transferred any applicable copyright to Michigan State University but the collection may contain third-party materials for which copyright was not transferred. Copyright restrictions may apply. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Eric D. Zemper papers
3 Ready For Cataloging
M. Badgley Malone
December 2018
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Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University Archives and Historical Collections Repository

Conrad Hall
943 Conrad Road, Room 101
East Lansing MI 48824 US