The recreation and golfing community suffered a great loss on May 9, 1998 with the passing of Dr. Don Cardea due to pancreatic cancer.

Dr. Don was a professor in the recreation field, teaching at Rowan University, The College of New Jersey (formerly Trenton State College), and Temple University.  He played a major role in professionalizing the field of Recreation.  Don was a strong proponent of the concept that people could mold themselves into better individuals through recreation.  Don was a very active member of the New Jersey Recreation and Parks Association and served as its president in 1976-77.

Don also had a strong love for the game of golf, teaching the sport from 1963 until his passing in 1998.  He founded the South Jersey Golf Schools in 1980 which has touched a multitude of golfers from South Jersey.  Don was the head golf coach at Rutgers University at Camden from 1983-1987.

Proceeds from the Dr. Don tournament will benefit the Fox Chase Cancer Center in the hope that someday a cure will be found for the disease which took Dr. Don away from us.  To date, the Dr. Don Tournament has raised over $50,000.00 for Fox Chase.

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