‘Recognizing an extraordinary life … on the court and off’

The Star-Ledger

October 27th, 2013 by 


George Kaftan in front of some of the memorabilia of his 85 years. Image by The Star-Ledger

When former Celtics basketball player George Kaftan ‘49 reflects on his life, the highlight reel begins with his time as a star basketball player at the College of the Holy Cross alongside teammate Bob Cousy ‘50. While he was recently named to the list of top 75 players in NCAA tournament history and began his career with positions on the Celtics and the Knicks, Kaftan names his later career as a professor of anatomy and physiology as his most rewarding.

“Basketball opened doors for me, and I’m grateful for that,” Kaftan tells The Star-Ledger. “But out of those professions, the one that gave me the most gratification by far was teaching. That’s the lesson of my life, anyway. If you have a chance to share what you know, and steer young people to the right path, that’s what we’re here for.”

This “Holy Cross in the News” item written by Sara Bovat ‘14.

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