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Jim Tarr
Jim Tarr

Sport:
Men's Tennis (1956-60)



02/18/2012

Eight Inductees Enter GW Athletic Hall of Fame

49th Class Brings GW Hall of Fame Membership to 144

12/02/2011

GW Athletic Hall of Fame Class of 2012 to Include Eight Inductees

Mike Bassett, Christina Brown, Jack Kvancz, Ingrid Wicker-McCree, Joe McKeown, Chris Monroe, Shawnta Rogers and Jim Tarr to be Inducted on February 18th, 2012

04/09/2012

Jim Tarr

Jim Tarr competed in both the No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles spots as a standout for the men's tennis team. During Tarr's tenure, GW was a member of the Southern Athletic Conference, and on the strength of his play the Colonials won three straight Southern Conference championships. Tarr won both singles and doubles conference championships three straight years from 1958-60, with two of his doubles crowns won with his brother, Jack. Tarr still holds a spot in the Southern Conference record books, as he sits atop the list with three conference doubles titles and six combined titles won.

2012 ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE

Jim Tarr ('60) competed in both the No. 1 singles and No. 1 doubles spots throughout three of his four seasons as a standout for the George Washington men's tennis team from 1956-60. During Tarr's tenure, GW was a member of the Southern Athletic Conference, and on the strength of his play the Colonials won three straight Southern Conference championships. Tarr won both singles and doubles conference championships three straight years from 1958-60, and two of his doubles crowns were won with his brother and teammate, Jack Tarr, in 1958 and 1959.

Though his career concluded 51 years ago, Tarr still holds a spot in the Southern Conference record books. Amongst the conference leaders for most individual doubles titles won, Tarr sits atop the list, tied with four others, with three conference doubles titles. He is also tied for first with two others for most combined conference titles, with six.

Tarr, who lived in Atlanta, Ga., worked for Delta Air Lines for over 30 years, serving as a senior captain airline pilot. He also served as a helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War. Tarr passed away in March of 1995 after battling cancer. His teammate and brother, Jack, still resides in McLean, Va.

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