FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

March 4, 2011

 

RIC MOURNS THE PASSING OF ATHLETIC HALL OF FAMER GEORGE TRACY ’51

Providence, R.I.—Rhode Island College was saddened to learn that Athletic Hall of Famer George Tracy ’51 passed away on Mar. 2 at the age of 85.

 

Tracy, who was inducted into the college’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000, was a four-sport student-athlete during his playing days at RIC, participating in basketball, baseball, soccer and track. He was also part of the Student Council, Men’s Athletic Association and the Charles Carroll Club. He was named the College Man of the Year as a senior in 1951.

 

 

 

After graduation, Tracy was a teacher and later became the principal at North Providence High School. He also served as the Director of Guidance at Smithfield High School. In North Providence, he coached little league, cross country an basketball.

 

As an official, he was a member and past president of the Rhode Island Basketball Officials Association, the Association of Baseball Umpires of Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Football Officials Association and the Collegiate Baseball Umpires Association. He was inducted into the Providence Gridiron Hall of Fame (1995), the Rhode Island Interscholastic League (RIIL) Hall of Fame (2003), as well as, both the Rhode Island Baseball and Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame (1991). In addition, he was recognized by the National Football Foundation for his years of service as an official.

 

“George  was a mentor to me and countless other future coaches and officials in Rhode Island,” RIC Athletic Hall of Famer Charlie Wilkes ’64 said. “He was a man of utmost integrity and was well respected by all who knew him.”

 

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