Iowa native Mark S. Kelly, who led the bands of Bowling Green State University on the football field and concert stage for nearly 28 years, died Monday in assisted living at Brookdale Bowling Green. He was 91.
He was born Aug. 19, 1926, in Centerville, Iowa, to Lulu and Frank Kelly, and was a 1944 graduate of Centerville High School. He played clarinet in the school bands - which he later led as a teacher at the school for 13 years. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and served in the Pacific Theater. He had stints directing bands at the University of Iowa, from which he had bachelor's and master's degrees.