Whiz Kid Vance passes away

Whiz Kid Vance passes away

CHAMPAIGN — Gene Vance, a member of the famous Whiz Kids at Illinois and a part of the school's All-Century team, died Thursday. He was 88.

A three-time All-America honorable mention at Illinois, Vance twice earned spots on the All-Big Ten first team. His third year as a letter winner, he was second-team All-Big Ten.

After college, Vance spent five years in the NBA with Chicago, Tri-Cities and Milwaukee. He returned to Illinois and served as athletic director from 1967 to '72.

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WyomingIllini wrote on February 17, 2012 at 9:02 am

I had the pleasure of meeting Gene a couple of times in my life. He was a good man and will be missed. He was an excellent alumini and represented the Univerisity of Illinois with integrety. Thank you Gene. Craig Getchius