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Stanley Sommer
Stanley Sommer

Football (Inducted 1974)


Stanley Sommer (`32) played football for GW starting in 1930, when he played center at 180 pounds, five feet nine inches. Known as "Laz," the Hungarian-born gridman grew up in St. Louis, Mo., and won a football scholarship to GW under athletic director Max Farrington.

After graduation, he was a reporter with the Washington Herald newspaper before serving the Pacific with the Red Cross during WWII and becoming a liaison officer for the U.N. Relief and Rehabilitation Administration in Hungary. He also worked as a budget analyst with the federal government and for the Defense Department as well as the Senate Appropriations Committee. He later owned and operated S.L Sommer & Associates public relations in Washington from 1958-'93.

Sommer won a Distinguished Alumni Service Award from GW in 1968. He was married to Monta, also a GW alum, and they had two sons, Michael (also a GW hall of fame inductee) and Peter, who both attended GW.

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