KCH News & Announcements | Cureton Profiled as University of Illinois Innovator.
Thomas K. Cureton, Jr., who taught at the University of Illinois from 1941 to 1969, is known as the father of physical fitness. He lectured around the world and wrote more than 50 books encouraging people to lead a healthier life. Professor Cureton served on the U.S. President’s Council on Physical Fitness during five administrations. He was also a champion swimmer who once held 14 world records. Thanks to Cureton, the study of physical fitness is now an accepted science.