Robert M. Ousley, 96, devoted husband of Bernice Kaplan Ousley, loved stepfather of Elyse Kaplan and Sam Kaplan, and beloved grandfather of Ilana White, Jay, Rebecca, and Ira Kaplan, died January 13, 2015. Mr. Ousley devoted his professional life to the education and development of students and the sport of swimming.
A long-time teacher and swimming coach at Pompano Beach High School, he was instrumental in establishing the school's successful swimming program, ultimately escorting teams to competitions across the United States and overseas. Over the years, his students and team members often wrote to tell him how much they appreciated his teaching and how influential he had been in their lives. As Executive Director of the American Swimming Coaches Association, Mr. Ousley worked tirelessly on behalf of the sport of competitive swimming. In 1983, the American Swimming Coaches Association established the Robert Ousley Award, in honor of his service to the sport. Graveside Service will be Sat, Jan 17 at 2pm at Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens, Pompano Beach. Condolences may be offered at www.ForestLawnNorth.com.
Published in Sun-Sentinel on Jan. 15, 20