Gene Bourdet, a Bobcat Athletics Hall of Famer, died in California on May 31 at 96 years old.

Bourdet was Montana State's quarterback in 1946-47. That first season he led the Bobcats to their first bowl game, the Harbor Bowl in San Diego. In 1947, he was fourth in the nation in touchdown passes and 12th in completion percentage.

After an eight-year high school coaching career, Bourdet returned to Montana State as a backfield coach and became the athletic director in 1958. In 1970, he moved on to San Diego State, became AD at Fresno State in 1971 and moved back to SDSU as its AD in 1979. He remained there until 1985, including the last year as an assistant to the President, when he entered private business in his hometown of Hollister, California.

He was also inducted into the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Hall of Fame. 

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