GW Fixture Ed McKee to be Honored by Alma Mater as an Outstanding Alumnus
Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri to Honor McKee
As one of four Rockhurst University alumni that will be honored for their achievements in their professional lives and their contributions to their communities, Ed McKee, who served GW for more than a quarter of a century, will be honored tomorrow at Rockhurst.
“I am honored to receive this alumni award from Rockhurst University, my alma mater,” noted McKee. “Yet, while appreciating it very much, I've simply enjoyed doing what I've done for many years--bringing athletic alumni together--without any thought of being rewarded for it. As everyone, including athletic alums, realize, life is too short not to enjoy relationships in the company of classmates, friends and, of course, family. It's been a real joy to follow the lives, families and friendships of GW athletic alums from various sports through phone calls, personal notes and, yes, even Facebook.”
Fifty years after his graduation from Rockhurst, McKee’s impact on the world of sport is indelible. McKee was the captain of the men's basketball team as an undergraduate and was drafted by the Indiana Pacers. He then continued his playing career for two more seasons in Akron for the Goodyear Wingfoots semi-pro team. He served from 1971-1980 as sports information director at Indiana State University, where he helped introduce the world to a young Larry Bird. In 1980, he joined the Indiana Pacers as the club's director of media and public relations. He moved to Washington, D.C., in 1983 and for the next three years served as director of basketball for Special Olympics International.
A fixture at GW Athletics events who played an integral role in the execution of basketball games for decades, McKee spent over 25 years in Foggy Bottom in communications, athletic administration, athletic development and alumni relations, before retiring in 2012 to be with his wife, Linda.
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