Longtime NIC instructor, coach passes away
|photo1|Longtime North Idaho College instructor and coach Robert Michael “Mike” Bundy, 64, passed away July 7 from prostate cancer at his home in Coeur d'Alene.
Bundy touched the lives of many students and athletes in his more than 30 years at NIC.
“Mike Bundy dedicated his career to North Idaho College and he will be sorely missed,” said NIC President Michael Burke. “He touched and shaped the lives of thousands of NIC students in his long tenure here. Our deep condolences go out to his family and his many, many friends and colleagues.”
Bundy graduated from Lewiston High School in 1958 and attended the University of Washington, earning a bachelor's degree in 1962. He earned a master's degree in education from Whitworth College in 1967.
Bundy taught and coached at North Central High School in Spokane from 1965 to 1968 and taught for the next three years at Pullman High School.
In 1971, Bundy and his family moved to Coeur d'Alene, where he began working at NIC. He taught English and history for 31 years, holding various positions within the college's faculty organizations.
Bundy formalized the NIC track and field and cross country programs at the college and coached from 1972 to 1998. In 1987, Bundy coached NIC's women's cross country team to a national title and was named Coach of the Year by the National Junior College Athletic Association.
Memorial services for Bundy will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 13 in Boswell Hall Schuler Auditorium at NIC. A reception will follow the service in the Lake Coeur d'Alene Room of NIC's Edminster Student Union Building.
The family prefers memorials to the Denmen Island Conservancy, P.O. Box 60, Denman, B.C., Canada VOR 1TO, or the Coeur d'Alene Parks Foundation, 710 Mullan Ave., Coeur d'Alene, ID, 83814.
Posted: Tuesday, July 12, 2005