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While he never attended Bowling Green as a student, few people had as much of an impact on the growth of the University as Alva Bachman. In 1930, he was elected Mayor of Bowling Green, and after leaving office for a term, he was elected again in 1934, holding the position for eight more years. He practiced law in the town for 59 years, retiring in 1984 from a partnership he formed with his daughter-in-law, Evelyn. He also worked with, and in some cases directed, many service organizations around Bowling Green. He was honored as the city's "outstanding citizen" in 1976.

The Oberlin college graduate continued his dedication to Bowling Green on campus. Bachman was the chief finish judge for university track meets for 45 years beginning in 1927, and served as a University trustee from 1944-64, acting as secretary of the Board of Trustees for 18 of those twenty years. Many times, he would drive around campus checking on the progress of construction projects he had approved. In 1965, Bachman was honored as an Honorary Alumnus by the university.

Upon his death in January 1988, at the age of 94, Bachman's son James remembered his father's love for both "halves" of Bowling Green, the city and the campus.

"Dad had a strong loyalty to the university. He believed the town was much stronger with the university's existence."

He was inducted to the BGSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1968.

(Some information taken from The BG News, January 29, 1988.)
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