Wonder Boys Basketball Legend Dies at 84

Dr. Donovan Horn, a 2007 inductee into the Arkansas Tech University Hall of Distinction, died on Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018. He was 84.

Horn was the starting point guard during one of the most successful eras in the history of Wonder Boys basketball. He helped Arkansas Tech win Arkansas Intercollegiate Conference championships and make NAIA National Tournament appearances in 1952, 1953, 1954 and 1955.

The Wonder Boys were 106-14 overall and 65-1 in AIC play during Horn’s four-year career, and they advanced to the NAIA national semifinals during his junior and senior seasons.

Horn was voted All-AIC in 1953, 1954 and 1955, and he was selected All-America in 1955.

Sam Hindsman was the basketball coach at Arkansas Tech from 1947-66, and he once remembered Horn as one of the finest players he ever had the pleasure of coaching.

On the day his former star point guard was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame in 1969, Hindsman described Horn as “a peerless leader, unselfish, a coach on the floor who read the defense and made others better.”

Horn went on to win two state championships as a high school basketball coach in Waldo. He attained master’s and doctoral degrees from East Texas State University and joined the Mississippi State University Department of Kinesiology in 1966.

By 1973, he had earned a full professorship and was the department chair. Horn retired from Mississippi State in 1995 and was granted professor emeritus of kinesiology status.

Horn is survived by his wife, Marlene Edwards Horn, of Starkville, Miss., and two daughters, Vicki Wolfe (John) of Calera, Ala., and Susan Cox (Faris) of Golden, Colo. He had seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

Consistent with Horn’s wishes, his family plans a private memorial service at a later date. Remembrances of Horn may be recorded at www.welchfuneralhomes.com.


  1. Robert Norman says:

    Donovan was a great one from a great era. A wonderful person and he will be missed.
    Bob Norman

  2. Mary Williams says:

    Loved Docfrom the moment I met him because his daughter is my sister in law. God bless his wife and family and stay with them during these tough times

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