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posted 05.30.2014 at 3.55 p.m. by Corey McLaughlin

Memorial Planned for Texas Lacrosse Figure Korba

A memorial service for Bob Korba, who played a major role in the development of lacrosse in Texas, is planned for June 7 in Austin, Texas. Korba passed away of a prolonged illness on Feb. 7. He was 64.

Korba, or "BK," as he was known, co-founded the sport of lacrosse in Texas in 1971, pioneered the growth of youth and high school lacrosse in Austin, served as a lacrosse official, and coached the University of Texas men's team for more than a decade. Korba also co-founded the Men's College Lacrosse Association, and was the recipient of the MCLA Sam Sadtler Service Award, and the Friends of Central Texas Lacrosse Lifetime Achievement Award.

Outside of lacrosse, Korba had a storied 30-year career as a graphic designer and political campaign consultant in Austin, where he designed campaign graphics for political issues; local, regional and state candidates; state senators and representatives; judges and justices; and Texas gubernatorial politicians. He was the graphic designer for George W. Bush's first political campaign in 1976. He was an active supporter of the arts in Austin and participated in a number of arts leagues.

Korba was born to the late Joseph and Anne Korba, in Dover, N.J. He graduated from Columbia High School in Maplewood, N.J., in 1968 and received a BFA in Graphic Design from Southern Methodist University in 1972.

He is survived by John Korba of Boca Raton, Fla.; Rod Korba of Alexandria, Va.; and Michael Korba of Johnston, Rhode Island.

A celebration of his life is planned for 11 a.m. on June 7 at Corazon Restaurant at Castle Hill, 1101 West 5th Street, Austin, Texas 78703. This gathering will be followed by continued fellowship at the home of Richard and Hester Weigand, 1112 Travis Heights Blvd, Austin, Texas 78704-2525.

In lieu of flowers, the family requested that donations be made (in Bob's name) to: the New Horizons Lacrosse Fund, established through the Austin Community Foundation.