John R. (J.R.) Pope
Class of 1974
John R. Pope attended Toronto High School in Toronto, Ohio, where he was an All-Conference performer at tight end in football and an OVAC Champion discus-thrower in track and field. After graduating 14th in his class, Pope brought his football talents to Bethany, making a significant impact on the Bison football program.
A four-year letterman for the Green and White, Pope was a three-time All-Conference selection at tight end. His greatest accomplishment was earning All-District honors in 1972. While at Bethany, Pope also participated in track and field for one season and golf for two seasons.
During his time at Bethany, Pope was President of the Varsity B Club.
Pope graduated from Bethany as a physical education major, also minoring in history. He went on to receive his Master's of Science from the University of Missouri-Columbia in the field of parks and recreation administration in 1976.
After serving as supervisor of several parks in Missouri, including parks in Columbia and Jefferson City, Pope served as director of the Kanawha County Parks in West Virginia. He would then work for the Mountaineer Gas Company for the next ten years, serving as the Director of Sales and Marketing. Pope is currently the Chief of West Virginia State Parks.
Pope resides in Charleston, W. Va., with his wife, Patricia ('77). They have two children, Logan and Taylor.