Friday, October 26, 2018

Bob McGrane

Robert P. McGrane


Born:
December 7, 1928
Wilkes-Barre, PA

Died:
October 6, 1967
Latham, NY


Career
1943-44 Meyers High School - Wilkes-Barre, PA (High School)
1944-45 Meyers High School - Wilkes-Barre, PA (High School)
1945-46 Meyers High School - Wilkes-Barre, PA (High School)
1950-51 King's College - Wilkes-Barre, PA (College)
1951-52 Carbondale Aces (ABL)
1953-54 King's College - Wilkes-Barre, PA (College) Head coach
1954-55 King's College - Wilkes-Barre, PA (College) Head coach
1955-56 King's College - Wilkes-Barre, PA (College) Head coach
1956-57 King's College - Wilkes-Barre, PA (College) Head coach
1957-58 King's College - Wilkes-Barre, PA (College) Head coach
1958-59 King's College - Wilkes-Barre, PA (College) Head coach
1959-60 King's College - Wilkes-Barre, PA (College) Head coach
1960-61 King's College - Wilkes-Barre, PA (College) Head coach
1961-62 King's College - Wilkes-Barre, PA (College) Head coach
1962-63 King's College - Wilkes-Barre, PA (College) Head coach
1963-64 King's College - Wilkes-Barre, PA (College) Head coach
1964-65 King's College - Wilkes-Barre, PA (College) Head coach
1965-66 King's College - Wilkes-Barre, PA (College) Head coach
1966-67 King's College - Wilkes-Barre, PA (College) Head coach

McGrane, a native and popular figure in Wilkes-Barre, enjoyed a long career in his hometown. A basketball star in high school, McGrane would go on to King's College, a private liberal arts school, where he made a name for himself on the court. He ventured to play with the Carbondale Aces of the ABL for one game, and went to work for Western Electric. He got a Master's Degree from the University of Scranton and was hired as the head basketball coach back at King's College. He would eventually become athletic director in 1963.

On the eve of his fifteenth year at the helm of the Monarchs, McGrane accompanied King's College's golf, tennis, bowling and cross-country teams to a large conference tournament at Siena College in Loudenville, New York. While there, McGrane hanged himself in his room at the Thunderbird Hotel in Latham, New York. Near as I can tell, no motive or reason was ever made public. He was 38.

McGrane married Mary Ann McManus and they had four sons and three daughters.

Source:
Wilkes-Barre Times Leader: Evening News, October 6, 1967

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