Maroon Club Hall of Famer George Davidson Passes Away at 91

March 7, 2017



Obituary for George Davidson '51


EASTON, Pa. -- Maroon Club Hall of Fame honoree George Davidson '51 passed away on Sunday, March 5. Davidson, who was in the second induction class of the Maroon Club Hall of Fame in 1997-98, was best known for his 12-year tenure as the head coach of the Lafayette men's basketball program. He also spent more than 20 years as an assistant athletic director in charge of ticketing and business affairs and as the coach of the college's golf team.

As the basketball mentor, Davidson's teams compiled a record of 170-116. His 1956-57 squad racked up a 22-5 mark while securing the school's first NCAA tournament bid. A season prior, the program participated in the 1956 NIT following a 20-7 mark.

As an undergraduate, Davidson starred on the basketball court and on the baseball diamond. As a senior, he captained the Leopards basketball team and set a single-season scoring record (473 points) and a single game scoring mark (34 points), both of which stood for better than five seasons. He ranked 13th in the nation in scoring that season, and was named to the All-Pennsylvania first team for the second straight year and an honorable mention All-America.

After college, Davidson was drafted by the world champion Rochester Royals of the National Basketball Association, but signed instead with the Reading franchise of the Eastern Basketball League and later played with the EBL's Lancaster franchise. After coaching stints at Pennsylvania Military Preparatory School and Germantown Academy, Davidson returned to Lafayette and replaced Butch van Breda Kolff to become the youngest head basketball coach in school history at the age of 28.

Per the family's wishes, the services for Davidson will be private. To honor him, his daughter Nancy asks for donations to be made to the Lafayette College Maroon Club and designated for the Lafayette golf team either through the online giving portal or by calling (610) 330-5034.