© An African American POV
March 1, 2014
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DOC HURLEY PASSED
By Frederick A. Hurst
Hartford’s Walter “Doc” Hurley passed away on February 9, 2014 at 91.
Doc, who was given his nickname by his father right after he was born to
encourage him to become a doctor, was and remains a Hartford legend
for his work with students at Hartford’s Weaver High School and beyond.
After graduating from Virginia State University and working as a teacher
and basketball coach in Portsmouth, Virginia, in 1959 Doc Hurley returned
to his beloved Hartford, and eventually to a job at his alma mater, Weaver
High, where he lived out the remainder of his professional career and
made a name for himself as a mentor who gave more to kids than he
could ever receive in return.
He established an annual basketball tournament called the Doc
Hurley Basketball Classic and a scholarship fund that awarded $1000
scholarships to 50 students a year and was the inspiration for a much
larger scholarship fund, the Walter Doc Hurley Scholarship Fund for
Greater Hartford established and funded in his honor by some of the
biggest business names in Hartford.
Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy said of Doc Hurley, “There are
hundreds of people from throughout the Hartford area whose lives were
transformed because of the higher education opportunities that Doc
Hurley brought to their lives over the past several decades.”
Doc Hurley will be missed. ■
BEN SWAN IS RUNNING!
By Frederick A. Hurst
State Representative Benjamin J. Swan has thrown his hat back into the
electoral arena; and that’s a good thing. Rumors that Ben would retire after
serving out his 10th term have circulated for months and those coveting his
11th Hampden District seat have been hovering for months. Well, they can
all forget it unless they want to try what several have tried and failed to do,
which is, of course, unseat Ben.
All my chips are in on Ben Swan serving an 11th term in celebration
of his 81st birthday, marking a multi-decade career that has been stellar
since his time at Howard University, where he joined with some of the
greatest names in the fight for civil rights for African Americans, right down
to his significant impact on the politics in Springfield to his service in the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts’ State House, where he has filed
countless bills and directed countless dollars to his constituents while
enjoying the well-earned respect of his colleagues.