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Former coach at Northwestern, Purdue dies

Early Edition: Alex Agase held the distinction as a college player of being named an All-American at two different schools.


Published May 5, 2007


TARPON SPRINGS -- Alexander "Alex:" A. Agase,  former head football coach at Northwestern University and Purdue, died Thursday at Mease Countryside Hospital, Safety Harbor.

Mr. Agase held the distinction as a college player of being named an All-American at two different schools. He split time at Illinois and Purdue around service in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II. He later played pro football for seven years and coached 13 years at Northwestern and Purdue.

His biography on HickokSports.com says Mr. Agase played professional football with the Los Angeles Dons and Chicago Rockets of the AAFC in 1947; the Cleveland Browns from 1948 through 1951; and the Baltimore Colts in 1953. Born in Chicago, he moved to the Tampa Bay area from Ypsilanti, Mich, in 1996, making his home in Tarpons Springs.

Mr. Agase is survived by his wife, Norma, of Tarpons Springs; three sons, Michael Agase, of Oswego, Ill. Steve Agase, of West Lake Village, Ca., and Paul Agase, of Wilmette, Ill.; a brother, Herbert Agase, of Spring Hill; two sisters, Rose Sargis, of Evanston, Ill., and Beatrice Eshoo, of Sacramento, Ca., and 11 grandchildren.

Funeral arrangements are being handled by Thomas B. Dobies Funeral Homes, Tarpon Springs.