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Longtime College Ref Grossman Dies

April 13, 1998

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) _ Hal Grossman, one of college basketball’s top officials for two decades, died Friday after having a heart attack. He was 78.

Grossman, who was buried Monday, worked 16 NCAA tournaments, including eight regional finals, as well as five NIT championship games and seven Atlantic Coast Conference tournament finals from 1960-80.

``Hal was one of the best,″ Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. ``With his love for the game and how he came up through it, the loss is much greater than people realize. It’s the end of an era.″

A New York native, Grossman graduated from West Virginia University and played professional baseball for five years. He then earned a masters degree from Columbia University, where he also served on the baseball and basketball coaching staffs.

Following his retirement from officiating in 1980, Grossman established a number of physical fitness programs in the Allentown, Pa., area, and served as a member of the President’s Council for Physical Fitness. In 1984, he was selected by the U.S. Armed Forces to lecture throughout Europe on physical fitness to American and allied troops and their families.

Grossman was inducted into a number of halls of fames, including Philadelphia’s ``Herb Good Hall of Fame″ for his contributions to basketball.

``There were a lot of good ones, and Hal was one of the best of those,″ said Hall of Famer and former St. John’s coach Lou Carnesecca. ``He was a great guy to have on the road and even better at home.″

Grossman is survived by his wife Gloria, daughter Sandy and her husband Gerry Gimmelstob, the former head coach at George Washington, and their two children.

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