Alumni celebrate a Mizzou scuba legacy

A photo of President Choi and Curator Keith Holloway present Coach Busch with the Chancellor’s Award for Lifetime Achievement.
President Choi and Curator Holloway present Coach Busch with a lifetime achievement certificate.

At Mizzou, students can achieve their goals while discovering new, lifelong interests. Last weekend, I saw the lasting impact of these experiences when more than 200 alumni honored the instructor of an unforgettable course: scuba diving.

A photo of Coach Busch with reunion attendees.
Coach Busch with reunion attendees.

Known to many as Coach, Bill Busch taught Scuba Theory at Mizzou from 1964 to 2020 and helped grow an adventurous diving community in the middle of Missouri. He also led opportunities for students to prove their new skills in destinations like the Cayman Islands.

The on-campus reunion was hosted by Bill’s former students, including University of Missouri Curator Keith Holloway. Alums celebrated their mutual interest in scuba and appreciation for the course. Bill was also surprised with the Outstanding Service Award from the National Association of Underwater Instructors and an MU certificate recognizing his legacy.

I want to thank Bill for introducing a love of scuba diving to generations of students.

— Mun