In Memoriam – RIC Athletic Hall Of Famer George Tracy ’51
George Tracy ’51 of Narragansett, a member of Rhode Island College’s Athletic Hall of Fame died on March 2 at the age of 85.
Tracy, who was an educator, coach and sports official, was inducted into the college’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2000. He was a four-sport student-athlete during his playing days at RIC, participating in basketball, baseball, soccer and track. He was also part of the Student Council, Men’s Athletic Association and the Charles Carroll Club. He was named the College Man of the Year as a senior in 1951.
After graduation, Tracy was a teacher and later became the principal at North Providence High School. He also served as the director of guidance at Smithfield High School. In North Providence, he coached little league, cross country and basketball.
As an official, he was a member and past president of the Rhode Island Basketball Officials Association, the Association of Baseball Umpires of Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Football Officials Association and the Collegiate Baseball Umpires Association.
He was inducted into the Providence Gridiron Hall of Fame in 1995, the Rhode Island Interscholastic League (RIIL) Hall of Fame in 2003, and both the Rhode Island Baseball and Football Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1991. In addition, he was recognized by the National Football Foundation for his years of service as an official.
“George was a mentor to me and countless other future coaches and officials in Rhode Island,” said, RIC Athletic Hall of Famer Charlie Wilkes ’64. “He was a man of utmost integrity and was well respected by all who knew him.”
Donations in his memory can be made to St. Mary’s Star of the Sea Church, South County Hospital or Rhode Island College Athletics.