Monday, July 31, 2017

Ernie Vandeweghe

Ernest Maurice Vandeweghe, Jr.

September 12, 1928
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

November 8, 2014
Laguna Beach, CA

1944-45 Oceanside High School - New York (High School)
1945-46 Colgate University (College)
1946-47 Colgate University (College)
1947-48 Colgate University (College)
1948-49 Colgate University (College)
1949-50 New York Knicks (NBA)
1950-51 New York Knicks (NBA)
1951-52 New York Knicks (NBA)
1952-53 New York Knicks (NBA)
1953-54 New York Knicks (NBA)
1955-56 New York Knicks (NBA)

Born in Montreal, Vendeweghe grew up on Long Island, attending Oceanside High School where he played football, baseball and basketball. He attended Colgate before signing with the Knicks. While playing with the Knicks, Ernie was going to medical school, sometimes missing road games due to classes. Unlike other players, Vandeweghe was paid by the game due to his uncertainty on making it to games, but the Knicks were agreeable due to his skill as a player. Once he finished schooling, he served in the army as a doctor in Europe, and practiced as a pediatrician and in sports medicine out west. At one point, he was the team physician with the Lakers.

Dr. Vandeweghe married Colleen Kay Hutchins, Miss America 1952 and brother of Fort Wayne Pistons player Mel Hutchins. They had a family of athletes: Son Kiki played 13 years in the NBA, son Bruk played volleyball, daughter Tauna was a champion swimmer and daughter Heather captained the U.S. Women's Water Polo squad.

Obituary, ESPN
NY Times Obituary, November 9, 2014


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