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George Garber
George  Garber

Men's Basketball (Inducted 1994)



George Garber, 6-foot forward who started every basketball game for GW for three seasons ('38-40), captained the Colonials in '39-40 and earned All-District honors in '39 and '40, and was a "key offensive man" along with defensive ace Red Auerbach on teams that were 39-18 in three years. A product of James Monroe High School in New York City, he earned a bachelor's degree in education at GW and settled in Washington, coaching Wilson High School to the District's to the 1942 city championship.

After World War II and military service in the U.S. Navy, he returned to campus to coach the Colonials for two seasons. Stepping in for the ailing coach Arthur "Otts" Zahn, Garber's teams notched 19 victories and second place (behind only N.C. State and legendary coach Everett Case) in the Southern Conference in 1948 and 18 more (and a fourth place conference finish behind N.C. State, William & Mary and North Carolina) in '49.

Later a successful local businessman, Garber also had a distinguished 10-year career as a college basketball official. Between 1955-1965 he officiated games in the ACC, Southeastern Conference, Ivy League and Southern Conference.

Married to the former Jeanette Cohen and father of two children, Faye and Ken (who played soccer at GW and graduated in 1975), Garber died at age 66 in 1984.